May I Introduce To You . . . Wendy Malinowski

Wendy Malinowski

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Wendy Malinowski and her blog, Our Lineage, described as, “. . . Researching Family History, One Ancestor at a Time.

I write about my ancestors, my research challenges and successes and other things that I have encountered during my quest for ancestors.”

About Wendy

“I was born in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois – at home – my mother woke up to feeling like she might have the flu and ‘Hello!’ Time to have a baby.  I was 8 weeks early.  I asked her once what labor was like and she asked me if I had ever shot a gun.  Oh my.  The police came to help deliver me and the family joke is the ambulance guy fainted.  I came into the world with a bang!”

How Wendy Got Started in Genealogy

“I started really diving into genealogy 20 years ago. I got interested in genealogy because I am an only child and I felt like I had no family.  Was I wrong!”

Wendy’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I decided to create a blog last year, after thinking about it for a long time.  I had people stopping to talk to me after my genealogy society meetings.  That got me to thinking that I might have something to share that people will find useful, even if only for entertainment purposes!”

Wendy’s Tips for New Bloggers

“Yes!  Have a strategy for your blog.  What do you want your blog to be about (i.e. what is your theme)?  Once you know what you generally want to write about, make a commitment to write at least once a week.  An updated blog generates more interest from people as well as search engines.  If you slip sometimes (I have lately), it happens, but get right back to it as soon as you can!  Oh – and make sure you use tags and at least one photo (Pinterest needs a photo!).”

Wendy’s Favorite Blog Posts

“I have two favorites:

  1.  Charlie, Where Are You?  One of my first blog posts, I tell the story of just how I got hooked on genealogy.
  2. This post was about my grandparents in response to a blogging prompt from the Book of Me idea by Julie Goucher.”

Wendy’s Time with the Ancestors

“My time on research varies, depending upon the problem at hand.  There are some items that I will spend an hour or two doing preliminary online research.  If I find some documents or possible leads, then I will see if I can go to those source of information, if they are local.  If not, I may do additional research on researchers in the area (yes, I said research the researchers) and see if it is worth to go further.  I can spend quite a few hours/days on research for a person.  I don’t really consider the time – it’s a passion, so it doesn’t feel like a huge amount of time to me.”

Wendy’s Favorite Ancestors

“Favorite ancestors – I have many, but here are a couple:

The niece of my great grandmother – Millicent Price – I call her Millie.  I have no idea why, but I have always been drawn to her.  When she was 16, she drank carbonic acid and killed herself.  There is a monument stone for her in Cotton Cemetery in Braceville, Illinois.  One of the first ancestors that I found.  I just wish I knew more of her story.

Another is my great grandfather, William Morgan.  At 17, he packed up and travelled to America.  Hard to imagine.  He had lost his father in January and his mother in June, I think he just had enough.  His older two brothers were in jail (skeletons, skeletons, skeletons) as well.  He must have felt like there was nothing left for him in England and he was suddenly the man of the family.  He was a coal miner and somehow manage to survive through several close mining accidents.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Wendy’s Life

“Genealogy has provided me an outlet to meet people, write a blog, etc.  I have met some wonderful people.  It has also improved my life as I have been able to share all my discoveries with my parents, cousins, etc.  I have some family members that are very thankful for all I’ve done for future generations.”

What Wendy Loves Most About Genealogy

“At times, I must admit, it is the thrill of the hunt.  Breaking down that brick wall.  It is satisfying.  A few months back, I did a random search on Ancestry for a man buried in a family plot that I have always wondered about, but never seriously researched (collateral line).  Lo and behold, there was a marriage index.  I now had a connection between this gentleman and my line.  My husband came running into the living room that night as I was yelling ‘You can run, but you can’t hide!!!!!!!!!!!!.’  He thought I was in distress because I was yelling, only to discover it was ‘only genealogy.’  I received a stern warning not to do that to him again.” 

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Please take a moment to head on over to Wendy’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Wendy, 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.

May I Introduce To You . . . Diane Gould Hall

Diane Gould Hall

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Diane Gould Hall and her blog, Michigan Family Trails, described as, “. . .   As I research mine and my husband’s family, I share with readers my experiences and take them along on the journey.  In the process, I share tips and advice, along with some current genealogy news.  I also post lessons on how to do things like organize digital folders, analyze evidence, follow a trail of leads, as well as a few tips about how to use the Legacy software database.”

About Diane

“I was born in Detroit, Michigan.  I named my blog in honor of Michigan as my parents, siblings, grandparents and some great grandparents were also born in Detroit.  I am happily married to my husband of 24 yrs., Ron. I have lived in San Diego County, CA. since my sophomore year in high school.

I belong to genealogical societies both near and far, as follows:  The San Diego Genealogical Society, the North San Diego County Genealogical Society, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Lawrence County (Ohio) Genealogical Society and the Aberdeen & North-east Scotland Family History Society.

I was privileged to facilitate a Legacy Users group for the San Diego Genealogical Society for 2 years.  I regularly attend seminars and listen to webinars in order to increase my knowledge.”

How Diane Got Started in Genealogy

“I began researching in 2000.  I became interested in family history many years ago, as a young girl.  I would ask my maternal grandmother about her family.  I would learn later on that she had left me a lot of information about the family and even a handwritten family tree.   I also used to ask my Dad to tell me about his family.  My grandmother always told me that we could belong to the DAR.  She passed away in 1986 and would be happy to know that I am now a DAR member.”

Diane’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I started my blog back in January 2010 as a way to share with cousins and other family members.  I wanted to do a website, but blogging seemed like a better way to really share our story.  I only wrote a few posts from 2010-2012.  Then last year I began again in earnest.  The reason I stopped and started frequently was because I felt like I really didn’t know what I was doing and thought ‘who is going to want to read this anyway?’  I’ve since learned from reading other blogs and by watching tutorials and webinars.”

Diane’s Tips for New Bloggers

“Be yourself when you write.  Read and re-read your posts before you publish them.  It’s your blog so make it whatever you want it to be.”

Diane’s Favorite Blog Posts

“There are several that seem to have been very helpful to readers.  Here are two of them:

Diane’s Time with the Ancestors

“Now that I’m retired I can spend much more time.  I generally do something every day.  It could be as little as responding to an email or a post on a genealogy Facebook page, or as much as hours looking for records.”

Diane’s Favorite Ancestors

“I’d have to say it’s my paternal Great Grandfather, William Val Gould.

My Dad used to talk about his grandparents all the time.  He was the only grandchild born to them, even though they had 6 children.  I have many pictures of my Great Grandfather and consider him the patriarch of our family.  He wasn’t rich or famous, but he was always well dressed and he had a sparkle in his eyes.  He was handsome too. “

How Genealogy Has Improved Diane’s Life

“Genealogy has improved my life by bringing me closer to my family.  I have connected with cousins who are now close friends.  I have been located by a half-brother, given up for adoption, who is now one of my best friends.  I have met some wonderful people all over the United States and in Europe.  I have traveled to places I might not have gone to if it weren’t for genealogy.  I’ve learned more about history and geography.  I think that I’m a more complete person because of my knowledge of the history of my ancestors. “

What Diane Loves Most About Genealogy

“I love the hunt and the discovery.  I love the surprises we find along the way. I also enjoy that genealogy keeps me learning new things all the time.  We are always learning about the history of an area, looking at maps and reading newspapers and books.  And, we need to keep up with current technology too.”

Diane’s Time Capsule Message

“When we are young we don’t really pay much attention to the ‘old folks.’  But, they will one day be the people you would give anything to have 10 minutes with.  They are the ones who know all the important things about the family.  How did your parents or grandparents meet?  Who were the rebels in the family?  What brought the family to a certain location?  There are so many questions that you can’t find in census reports and vital records. Once those family members are gone, you can never ask them questions, and oh my, how you will want to.  TALK TO YOUR FAMILY NOW!”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Diane’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Diane, 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.

May I Introduce To You . . . Lacey Frazier

Lacey Frazier

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Lacey Frazier and her blog, Branches and Twigs, described as, “. . . Branches and Twigs is a family history blog on my maternal line.”

About Lacey

“I come from a long line (at least 200 years) of Missourians. I grew up about 15 miles south of Springfield. I now live 35 miles east of Kansas City. I live in a three generation household. I live with my mother, older sister, and two nephews. I was born with a disability called Spina bifida. I’m completely paralyzed from the waist down. Living with allows me to be a constant part of my nephews’ lives. They are 9 yrs and 7 mos. We also have several (spoiled and well-cared for) dogs who range from 9 ½ lbs to 75 lbs so the house is always active! That’s another thing that I love, I wouldn’t want to live alone.”

How Lacey Got Started in Genealogy

Lacey has been doing genealogy for about 10 years now, “. . . Actively? About 10 years. On occasion? Since I was 10 years old (21 years).

On one of my grandma’s visits, she saw me with my Social Studies book and asked me what we were learning about. It just so happened that we were studying the Civil War. After a conversation about Civil War veterans she told me that her great-grandfather had been a Civil War veteran. I wanted to learn everything that I could about him so I would read just about anything I could get my hands on that discussed the Civil War. It didn’t help me find much, then, but it has helped me now with the several Civil War veterans and other war veterans in my family tree.”

Lacey’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I started Branches and Twigs on 12/28/13 and to fulfill a goal that I had for 2013. I started it as Potter Family: Branches & Twigs but within a few days changed it to Branches and Twigs. Potter is my maternal grandfather’s mother’s maiden name and two years ago I connected with several cousins on that side. I decided that I wanted to be able to discuss all of my maternal side so I changed the name to reflect that.”

Lacey’s Tips for New Bloggers

“Read other blogs and don’t worry about how well you can write. It will evolve over time if you are consistent. I’m fairly new and I’m still learning my ‘voice.’”

Lacey’s Favorite Blog Posts

“I don’t have many posts yet but my favorite so far has been Written in Stone. It’s the story of how my mom and her siblings surprised Grandma with a headstone for the graves of her sister and brothers who were either stillborn or died shortly after birth.”

Lacey’s Time with the Ancestors

“In my leisure time? About ten or so hours a week.”

Lacey’s Favorite Ancestors

“I’m partial to my mother’s maternal grandmother, Eunice Velma (Hall) Stapp who died when her only surviving child was 10 years old. I wonder what my grandmother’s life would have been like had her mother gotten to raise her into adulthood. I wonder how my life would have been different had she lived. She’s so close, yet so far away.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Lacey’s Life

“I have a job that sometimes requires locating birth, marriage, and death records so knowing where to look for them is important. It’s also important to have had previous experience with the records so I know what I’ll be able to find online or if I’ll have to call and find a paper copy.”

What Lacey Loves Most About Genealogy

“The surprises are the thing I love most about doing genealogy/family history. In one week I discovered two deaths from being hit by a train. There was even a pretty detailed news article describing the injuries of one of the men.”

Lacey’s Time Capsule Message

“Be a participant in your own life. Don’t just watch it go by.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Lacey’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Lacey, 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.