May I Introduce To You . . . Ellie

Ellie

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Ellie and her blog . . . Ellie’s Ancestors, described as, “. . . Primarily Irish research, but as I go further into my mother’s lineage it’s diversifying.”

About Ellie

“I was born in Manchester, a small village in upstate New York.  It was actually a pretty unique place to grow up although being children; we didn’t realize it at the time. Oddly enough, this tiny village was home to the country’s largest train yards and we had neighbors from all over the globe who were drawn there to work for the railroad.  As a child, my best friends were the little Syrian girl at the end of my street and the German girl two doors down.  I still live within nine miles of Manchester.”

How Ellie Got Started in Genealogy

“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in genealogy in some form.  History was my favorite subject in school, and historical novels and biographies my favorite reading material—all the signs were there.  My father always spoke of his Irish heritage, so that interested me from a very early age, but I really got going on my family history when I was about 10 or 11. I was visiting an uncle who showed me a huge book he owned about our Fowler family history that included his and my mother’s generation.  I was fascinated…I was hooked!  I borrowed it and created my first family tree.”

Ellie’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I started my blog almost three years ago after reading some others online.  I wasn’t quite sure how to start, but after all, the worst that could happen is nobody would read it, so I took the plunge.  I’ve found when writing about one of my ancestors, that it quickly becomes apparent what part of their life needs further attention to complete the story; it gives my research direction.”

Ellie’s Favorite Blog Post(s)

“I’m picking two.  This one because of how much fun I had writing it, I love a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it Was Great-Great-Grandma A She Devil?   And this one The Mysterious McGarrs because when I wrote it I was so elated at finding my McGarr ancestors.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Ellie’s Life

“Genealogy has given me an engaging hobby, one which requires me to stop, think and analyze information which doctors’ say is very important when you hit your 50’s.  But seriously, the hunt provides me so much enjoyment. Also, the more I learn about my ancestors the more connected I feel to them.  Many of them were famine immigrants from Ireland who overcame tremendous obstacles to thrive here in the USA.  How well they succeeded while keeping their faith, traditions, and families intact inspires me in my own life.”

Ellie’s Favorite Ancestors

“Picking a favorite is hard, it changes too.  I love them all for different reasons.  Great-Great-Grandpa James O’Hora from County Carlow for all he accomplished, 3rd Great-Grandma Alice O’Dwyer from Tipperary for her courage; I don’t think I can name all my favorites, this would turn into a book.”

What Ellie Loves Most About Genealogy

“My favorite part of doing family history is reconstructing what their lives were like, every scrap of information I find intrigues me; so of course I also love studying the historical aspect.  I recently discovered a wonderful interview done with my 4th Great-Grandfather Austin Wells, a soldier of the Revolution, a few years before his death. In it he describes the awful sights he saw after a British and Indian attack and describes burying his fellow soldiers! I wish I had known in high school that my family was part of events like the Revolutionary War, the California Gold Rush, politics, etc…  Those lessons would have been so much more meaningful. I like to think maybe someday a grandchild will benefit from what I’ve learned.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Ellie’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Ellie, it’s great to have you here!

© 2013, copyright Gini Webb

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her grandchildren!

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.