May I Introduce To You . . . Ryan W. Owen

Ryan W. Owen

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Ryan W. Owen and his blog, Forgotten New England, described as, “ . . . Exploring New England As It Was: Researching Regional History & Genealogy.

How Ryan Got Started in Genealogy

Ryan’s hometown is Lowell, Massachusetts; he has been doing genealogy since 1988. “Growing up, history, to me, meant names I recognized through municipal landmarks, faces I had met on currency, places I had seen on maps. All of this arrived through a weekday force-feeding called school – where I was surrounded by my 25 or so peers, all of whom were equally uninterested in the tattered pages of our hardcover textbooks.

That changed in sixth grade. I created a family tree when the teacher assigned the homework. Some classmates found, or more likely became aware of, interesting connections – including a cousinship with the teacher. In my tree, I learned about ancestors named McNamara, Lannon, Hare, and even Machado, all of which the world, and even I, had seemed to have forgotten. In the following years, I studied their photographs and learned their stories. To better understand them, and their lives, I studied their eras, their neighborhoods, the personalities that fascinated them, the gripes that irritated them. Most lived in New England. Forgotten New England is history that recreates the world of our ancestors, as they live it, with all the dirt, sweat, worries, fears, dreams, and fascinations that consumed them.”

How Ryan Follows the Rest of Us

Ryan likes to keep up with his blog reading through WordPress and email subscriptions. Currently, Ryan follows about ten blogs on a daily basis.

Ryan’s Thoughts on Blogging

Over the years, Ryan has gathered quite a bit of material on New England history and genealogy, “I had been looking for a way to share that. My blog, Forgotten New England, grew out of my local history column, Forgotten Billerica that appears twice monthly in The Billerica Minuteman (Mass.).”

At first, Ryan’s only blogging concern, “ . . . During the day, I work in Corporate Finance. I wondered if I would have the time to maintain an interesting, well-research blog, and also if people would enjoy the material and come back to the site.”

What Ryan Loves Most About Genealogy

“Connecting with distant cousins, and learning which pieces of the family puzzle they hold.”

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Please take a moment to visit Ryan’s blog. Leave him a comment letting him know you stopped by. Welcome Ryan, it’s great to have you here!

© 2011, 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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