I have the pleasure to introduce to you, Steve Baldock of the Baldock/Fagg/Small Family Blog!
Steve’s blog is very rich in his English ancestry. Steve was born and raised in England and has been researching his family history for about 20 years with his research starting in earnest about July 2008. His family history journey started with a family Bible that was in the possession of Steve’s father’s cousin and then handed down to his father. The Bible’s inner pages held names and dates of several ancestors reaching back to 1831.
Twenty years ago, with the Internet in its infancy and prior to blogging, Steve learned to trace his family the hard way: manually thumbing thru index after index and second-guessing facts and dates of his ancestors. He was attending the City University London at the time his father received the Bible from his cousin. It was convenient to visit St. Catherine’s House (the record office) on weekends to do his research. Digitized records were unknown or unheard of at that time.
Steve completed his degree in 1990 and no longer had the resources to continue his family research which forced him to put it aside for a while. Then, when genealogy became popular on TV and Satellite, and helped by WWI commemorations, it sparked Steve’s interest in his research again. By now his research could make leaps and bounds due to years of Internet progress. Since 2008, Steve has pursued his family history search steadily.
Steve’s Family and His Blog
Steve’s immediate family has little to do with computers or the Internet and are not computer-literate; however, Steve informs his parents regularly by phone. A few distant relatives have computers and have helped him quite a bit with his research. In return, Steve created his blog, providing a means by which to keep them informed, even though it took a few months – Steve realized how useful it was!
How Steve Follows The Rest Of Us
Due to a full time job in the Information Technology field, Steve is unable to follow as many blogs as he would like. Since he has linked his blog to Facebook and Twitter, he is able to keep up with us in 140 characters or less! Steve states that he is currently working on building a list in his browser bookmarks, which he may or may not be able to keep up with!
Steve currently keeps up with several Roots Web discussion lists, along with other sites such as Genealogy Wise, and of course GeneaBloggers. Following these sites keeps his email quite active. Steve feels if even the slightest bit of information he may have could help someone, he will try and respond to requests for help. In Steve’s own words, “We all need help, and the smallest parish record entry can open up so much!”
Steve’s Thoughts On Blogging
Returning to his research in 2008, Steve thought his name was unusual and there would be little to find. In three months, things changed big-time! Similarly, when he started his blog he thought there wouldn’t be anyone else interested in his family history – he was incorrect about that too. He is currently in contact with a second cousin in New Zealand and is fairly confident he has traced a couple of his lines back to the 1500’s.
He exclaims, “I have now found myself another hobby which combines well with my profession, improves my history knowledge, and has shown me my origins. Disturbingly, I now find myself looking forward to my next cemetery visit!”
Steve’s hopes and expectations for the future include: “to do justice to my ancestors, to find those ‘black sheep’, that criminal ancestor, that link to Sir Robert Baldock (circa James II) and that link to Thomas Baldock (circa Edward II) and beyond.”
Steve likes to think that he will trace back to the supposed origins of the BALDOCK surname to the Knights Templar of the 12th century. Steve would also like to make improvements to his blog.
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Please head over to Steve’s blog; leave him a comment to let him know you stopped by.
Welcome Steve and we look forward to reading about your genealogical journey.
© 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!
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