I have the pleasure of introducing you to Tami Osmer Glatz of the Relatively Curious About Genealogy and the Finding Family Stories blogs. Tami describes her blogs as follows “[Relatively Curious]…Cool websites, tips, tricks, research strategies that I come across and get excited to share. Finding Family Stories…Stories of ancestors I’ve uncovered in my research – putting flesh on the bones, so to speak…”
How Tami Got Started in Genealogy
Tami was born and raised in Southern California, spent quite a “spell” in Texas, one winter in West Virginia, and currently lives in North Carolina. Tami’s dad never quite knew what to do with two daughters, so he hid in the garage quite a bit. A few years back, Tami’s dad became interested in researching his paternal line. Tami thought it would be a great common interest to share with him. Tami discovered, “It’s been a wonderful way to not only get to know my ancestors, but to get closer to my dad.” Overall, Tami has been researching her family history now for about 12 years.
Tami’s Family and Her Blog
Tami’s sister and her dad do read her blogs on occasion. It was Tami’s sister who had started their family history research a long time ago with some research and most importantly, extracting a lot of tidbits from their grandmother. Tami’s sister has passed all her notes and family memorabilia over to her, making Tami the official family historian now.
How Tami Follows The Rest of Us
Tami reads up to about ten blogs a day, “I know there are a zillion of them out there, and I switch around which blogs I’m reading.” She likes to peruse some of her favorite blogs by using those that are on her RelativelyCurious Community Internet Genealogy Toolbar. Tami will also read several other blogs using Google Reader. In addition, she also likes to read blogs as they post on Twitter and Facebook.
Tami’s Thoughts on Blogging
Tami had zero hesitations about blogging. She started out writing for herself alone. Tami has been “seriously surprised” and how people leave the “nicest comments!”
When Tami would start to “ramble” excitedly about her research finds – her family would just roll their eyes. It was then that she started her Relatively Curious About Genealogy blog, which started out initially as genealogical catharsis. It began as a personal journal where she would write things she had learned or gotten excited about, “I never imagined anyone else would actually read it!”
Tami realized that “relatively curious” was a phrase that she said a lot, “I’m relatively curious about….” One day, it hit her that it was a perfect title to describe her genealogy work. Finding Family Stories, is Tami’s favorite part of doing research and also the title of one of her presentations that she enjoys giving the most, teaching people how and where to find their own personal family history.
On March 1, 2011, Tami started her Finding Family Stories blog. She grew up thinking her ancestors were all just “humble farmers” but in Tami’s research, she has come across so many amazing stories, she feels that everyone has a story to tell, and that it needs to be told. In Tami’s own words, “I think it’s really important to connect to our ancestors as real people, rather than names and dates. It can have an impact on our own lives to perhaps learn about and understand the challenges, joys, and sadness that they experienced.”
What Tami Loves the Most About Genealogy
“What I love most is the feeling of belonging to something so much bigger than myself… Even the word ‘family’ pales with the idea that we are all most likely connected in some way. We all have so much in common, and quite often it’s DNA! It has really changed the way I look at both the world, and the people that I meet. You never know who your next ‘cousin’ will be!”
Tami’s Time Capsule Message
“Everyone thinks that their situation is unique, but when you look at the stories of your ancestors, you will realize that the names, dates and details may be different, but the challenges and emotions are the same. Look to the past to understand your own future – learn how your ancestors surmounted obstacles in their lives and know that you can too.”
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Please take a moment and head on over to Tami’s blogs. Leave her a message letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Tami, 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!
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