May I Introduce To You . . . Nick Gombash

Nick Gombash

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to, Nick Gombash of Nick Gombash’s Genealogy Blog.

Nick began his genealogy research journey in 2001 and his blog focuses primarily on his Hungarian research and resources.  Although Nick’s ancestry can be traced predominantly in America and back to the Colonial period, the majority of his research is based in Europe.

Nick has been researching German and Hungarian parish records for about eight years now. In Nick’s own words, “I wouldn’t say that I am an expert at these records, as I know I am not perfect, but working in these records is a passion of mine. Being able to read and decipher old handwriting and script comes very easily to me”.

Because of this fact, Nick recently started his own “Hungarian Marriage Project” much like the Poznan Marriage Indexing Project that was created by Lukasz Bielecki.  Bielecki was a great inspiration to Nick.  As Nick works on indexing marriage records from all over Hungary, to aid others in a search for their ancestors, he realized this is undertaking a large project. Nick finds himself making great progress with the hopes that others will help contribute to this project as well.

More indexes will be made available as time and funds allow him. FamilySearch has recently put Slovakian records from the Presov district on-line. These records belonged to the Old Saros County of Hungary. Nick hopes that the record search at FamilySearch flourishes and they continue to put more and more parish records on-line.

Nick’s Family and His Blog

Family members who read Nick’s blog enjoy reading and learning fun and interesting tidbits of information that shared on his blog. Only recently has Nick joined the genealogy blogging community and participates in the daily blogging theme posts.  Nick’s family enjoys the photos and stories that go along with that particular day’s blogging theme.

Family members keep up with Nick’s blog via his Facebook page. When Nick posts on his blog, he will link that post to his facebook page, informing his family and friends of the new post, only then will his family read his blog.  Nick seems to be the only blogger in his family at this time!

How Nick Follows the Rest of Us

Nick mainly follows fellow bloggers by way of his Blogger.com feeds. Other blogs are book marked so he can easily click on them to check for new posts. Only recently has Nick discovered Google Reader.

Nick does not use his email as a means to follow other bloggers, but does receive his blog comments posted by others in his email. Ever since GeneaBloggers found his blog a few weeks ago, Nick has been receiving more and more comments on his blog. Nick loves all the feedback!

Nick subscribes to a variety of blogs, his favorite being ethnic food blogs relating to where his ancestors originated.  With Nick’s love of cooking, he is always looking for new recipes to try and following Hungarian food blogs gives him that opportunity.

Nick’s Thoughts On Blogging

Nick had two concerns; the first was regarding the actual writing of a blog. Nick hated writing in school; he felt that his writing was horrible. He consistently struggled with essays and writing assignments.  As Nick blogs more and more, he feels his blog contributed to improving his writing skills and has become much better.  A cousin actually complimented Nick on his writing and suggested he write a book.

Nick’s second concern was would anyone actually read his blog and would his family history and stories be interesting enough. As it seems, the opposite occurred, many are finding his genealogy and family history stories very interesting.

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Welcome Nick! Please head on over to Nick Gombash’s Genealogy Blog, leave him a comment, letting him know you stopped by.

© 2010, copyright Gini Webb

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

Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Gini Webb via e-mail.

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