I am very excited to introduce The You Go Genealogy Girls blog – it’s double the fun! Sisters-in-law Ruby Coleman and Cheri Hopkins co-author the blog together and between them they have a combined 88 years of genealogy knowledge. Cheri bring 38 years of family history research experience, pursing genealogy seriously for the last two years and Ruby brings a solid 50 years.
Cheri and Ruby research and travel together and they each had the same idea to start their blog at about the same time. Great minds do think alike!
How The You Go Genealogy Girls Blog Got Started
Ruby’s daughter Suzanne actually created the name The You Go Genealogy Girls for Cheri and Ruby’s blog. As they were getting ready for a genealogy fair in March, 2008 preparing several tables with genealogy items on display, Cheri and Ruby put up a sign which read “You Go Genealogy Girls,” and the concept took off from there! On their car, aka: “Lil’ Red”, they also placed a “You Go Genealogy Girls” sign on the back window about which they still get comments.
Cheri and Ruby were having so much fun doing the research along with traveling that many people constantly asking them what they were up to. That question gave them the idea to start their blog! Ruby believes in having fun with genealogical research with the more challenges the better. She hopes that readers get a sense of that feeling when reading their blog posts – I know I sure do. The You Go Genealogy Girls really is a fun blog that I enjoy reading frequently. All of the posts about their travels and musings give you the feeling that you want to jump in the car with them and take off!
The Family That Blogs Together . . .
Ruby’s daughter actually began blogging first (Suzanne’s blog is Growing Up Genealogy) and because she was having so much fun at it, Ruby believed that she could too, and created her blog Genealogy Lines. Soon after Cheri decided to start her blog, Those Old Memories. Lately, Ruby’s family thinks that she is so “cool” because now she uses Twitter, has a blog and is on Facebook as well. Both family and friends follow her blog, Ruby’s daughter thinks it is great and is very supportive and Ruby’s 11-year-old granddaughter is proud and thinks her granny is way cool!
Cheri started her genealogy blog as an outlet for stories about her genealogy forays and family history stories. Cheri says, “It is a fun thing we can do as a family.” Even when Cheri and Ruby are not traveling, they research, collaborate and write together for fun – that’s what keeps them going until the next fun outing!
Cheri’s interest in genealogy began mainly due to Ruby. When Ruby was in high school she would take Cheri with her to the local library genealogy room while she did her research. Cheri’s two older sons and cousin’s follow her blogs frequently to learn more of their past, her husband even looks forward to her posts and occasionally comments on them.
Keeping Friends and Family Informed
Cheri sends out occasional reminders, via email, to family and friends just to say, “hey look what we are doing!” Ruby is the president of the North Platte Genealogical Society and she too sends out e-mail reminders to the members just to let them know what their president is doing and where she is going.
Following All Those Genealogy Blogs
Ruby reads other blogs every morning from her Favorites list over a cup of tea and a bagel (my kind of girl). This ritual begins at 7 a.m. even though Cheri is not up that early! Blogs are not the first things on Ruby’s list, she checks her email, bank account (to make sure she has enough money!), online newspapers, and weather report and then she reads between 50 and 70 blogs. When not at home and traveling, Ruby only reads about 20 blogs and then catches up when she returns home. Ruby makes it a point to actually visit each blog (and not use Google Reader or email to read posts). She says that she feels closer to the writer of the blog posts that way.
Cheri uses Google Reader to follow scrap booking, photography and genealogy blogs and feels that is the best way of getting to all of them without missing important posts. She receives about four posts in her email on a typical day and usually reads about 13 blogs daily. Cheri says that she subscribes to an estimated 150 blogs which she checks about four times a week. Cheri stated, “I cannot read them all each day, there is just too much else to do!”
Please head over to The You Go Genealogy Girls blog to enjoy their travels and the fun times that they share. You too will feel like you are right there with them!
Ruby Coleman: Genealogy Lines
Cheri Hopkins: Those Old Memories
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