May I Introduce To You . . . Valerie Hughes

Valerie Hughes

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Valerie Hughes and her blog, Genealogy with Valerie, described as, “. . . A Blog that features Genealogy advice, tips and stories of my Ancestors and their lives.”

A Little About Valerie

“I was born in Lexington, Missouri but I have lived in Arizona for most of my life. I currently live in Mesa, AZ.”

How Valerie Got Started in Genealogy

“I began dabbling in Genealogy in 1994 after the birth of my first Grandchild, but I got serious about it 15 years ago.

I was raised far away from both of my parents’ family. I met a few of them growing up but I really didn’t know any of them. My parents hardly ever spoke about their past or our Ancestors so when I started doing Genealogy I was basically clueless.  My Dad passed away 40 years ago so I couldn’t ask him any questions. When I started my Genealogy journey I contacted his youngest sister, who was the last living sibling of 11 and she sent me a handwritten list of their siblings’ names, my Grandparents name and 1 Great Grandfathers name. That was enough to get me started. My Mom absolutely refused to talk about her family and she passed away 15 years ago, so I had to do a lot of digging to get started on her side. I had this irrepressible need to find out where I came from since it had all been such a mystery.”

Valerie’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I started my Blog 3 months ago for three reasons. First, I hoped to find cousins. I have found several on Facebook but as you know there are a lot of people who are not on social media. Second, I have written and published 2 books about Genealogy so I feel I may be able to offer advice or tips that may be of help to others. Third, it is a great motivational tool to help keep me focused on writing my Ancestors stories.”

Valerie’s Tips for New Bloggers

“Just be yourself and write from your heart. Don’t be afraid to write about the ‘hard’ issues or the not so glamorous parts of our Ancestors lives. It is all part of our story.”

Valerie’s Favorite Blog Post

“That would be ‘The Importance of Sharing the Slave History from your Family Trees.’”

Valerie’s Time with the Ancestors

“If there could just be 48 hours in a day…no seriously I am blessed to be able to do as much research as I want. My husband understands my passion and encourages it.”

Valerie’s Favorite Ancestor

“It is hard to pick just one but I think it would most definitely be Permelia ‘Milly’ Loving Allen (1774 – 1866). When I wrote the blog about her, I discovered that she was a woman of great strength and courage, and a woman way ahead of her time. You can read her story here: Permelia ‘Milly’ Loving Allen, a pioneering woman.”

What Valerie Loves Most About Genealogy

“I love discovering the mysteries and finding the answers. One example is:  last year I discovered that I had a half-brother who died when he was 3 months old. He was born in 1938 to my Dad and his first wife.  This really shocked me as I never heard a whisper about this before this.  Also I will be able to pass down all I have found about our Ancestors to my Grandchildren with the hope that their lives will be enriched by what they will discover there.”

Valerie’s Time Capsule Message

“Learning about your Ancestors helps you to understand who you are as a person. Traits like courage, stubbornness, humor, adaptability, generosity can all be passed down to us from previous generations. Knowing that our family overcame hardships, accomplished great deeds, were faithful to their spouses, worked hard for a living, shows us that we too can do anything required of us.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Valerie’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Valerie, it’s great to have you here!

© 2014, copyright Gini Webb

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