Saturday, January 18, 2014

15 REASONS YOU SHOULD START A GENEALOGY BLOG

started wondering the other day why I am committed to maintaining a genealogy blog, and here are some of my reasons:

1. MEMORIALIZE FAMILY ARTWORK

My mother and aunts were artists. They weren’t famous, but they enjoyed their hobby and were pretty talented. I enjoy sharing their work in my blog. Many of my Wordless Wednesday posts contain pictures of family artwork. This is one of the reasons I decided to name my blog “The Art of Genealogy.” See, for example:


2. SHARE HISTORY WITH FAMILY

Many people, including family members, don’t have the patience or desire to sort through hundreds of Internet sites, tromp through graveyards, spend days in a library or fiddle with microfiche. Because I love all of those activities, I have found fascinating information about my family.  I want to share it with them in short bursts of information (blog posts) so that it is easily digested and not overwhelming. I want them to know about the people who came before them.  Here are a few samples:

3. FIND COUSINS

Since I started blogging I have found many cousins who are scattered throughout the United States and Canada. This has resulted in new friendships and shared information. A blog puts keywords and surnames in cyberspace, and others may "catch" this information in their search for family. 

4. DISPLAY FAMILY ARTIFACTS AND JEWELRY

Most people have family treasures—quilts, samplers, jewelry and more. Just watch Antiques Roadshow and you will be amazed at the items people possess that have been handed down in their families for years. A blog is the great way to show the world the cool family objects that you own. Here are some of mine:

5. SHARE MILITARY AWARDS, RECORDS AND PICTURES

Many of my family members were in the military, and I want to honor their dedication to their country by displaying items I have found that pertain to their service. Here are some examples:


6. SHARE OLD PHOTOGRAPHS

My mother left me dozens of scrapbooks filled with vintage photographs .  Why keep them all to myself? Here are some of the old, and sometimes humorous, photos I have posted:

Jane Williams Cutler Taylor

7. EDUCATE OTHERS ABOUT LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES

There are countless libraries throughout the U.S. filled with amazing information. These wonderful repositories need to be publicized and utilized. Here are some of the ones I have had the pleasure of visiting:
Allen County Public Library
Fort Wayne, Indiana

8. SUMMARIZE GENEALOGICAL CONFERENCES

There are so many genealogy conferences in this country and in nearby Canada that one could literally do nothing but travel from one to another and never come up for air. They are so much fun to attend. There is the camaraderie of being with other genealogy nuts, the knowledgeable speakers and the vendor halls filled with publications awaiting your credit card. These are blog posts about some of the conferences I have attended:

9. REVIEW GENEALOGY SUBSCRIPTION DATABASES

I subscribe to numerous genealogy subscription databases and want to share my thoughts with others who are contemplating spending their hard-earned money on these pay sites. Here are a few of my reviews:

10. REVIEW FREE GENEALOGY RESOURCES

The amount of free genealogical information available online is staggering.  I like to share some of the sources I have discovered so that others can explore them too. See, for example:

11. SHARE WAYS THAT YOU HAVE CHIPPED AWAY AT A BRICK WALL OR DISCOVERED FAMILY

We all have at least one mystery in our family that we are dying to solve. Occasionally, I will find a significant clue to resolving my brick walls, and I love to share that discovery. At other times I have found a family member by accident. These are some examples of my success stories:

12. PUBLICIZE THE VALUE OF GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

I belong to a number of genealogical and historical societies in the places where my ancestors resided. The membership costs are nominal, and the benefits are fabulous.  These organizations need your support.  Here are two examples of how membership has paid off for me:

13. REPORT ON DISCOVERIES IN HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS

I love combing through old newspapers. It is a time-consuming process but well worth the hunt. The following are some of the blog posts I have published that reveal the results of my sleuthing:


14. DISCUSS GENEALOGY BOOKS

In addition to online sources, there are old-fashioned books. I love books and possess bookcases and bookcases overflowing with them. Here are some of the books I have chatted about:

15. PROVIDE AN ONLINE BACKUP FOR PHOTOGRAPHS AND RESEARCH

We all know that disasters can happen (tornadoes, floods, fires and more), but we often don’t think it will happen to us. By posting your precious photographs and hard-earned research online, you have a backup for your information. Also, if I am in a library and need the birth date of my Uncle Fred, I can Google “The Art of Genealogy Fred Boyser” and there it is!

So, what do you think, have I convinced you that genealogy blogs are worth the time and trouble?


ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, "Victorian Decorative Letters," 1999.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, "Full-Color Men and Women Illustrations," 2001.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, "Victorian Goods and Merchandise," 2006.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting such a well thought out argument. All good points!

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    1. Thanks, Angela. I'm glad you enjoyed my post. As a fellow blogger, you no doubt have blogged for similar reasons.

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  2. Totally agree with Angela! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Dr. Bill, for checking out and appreciating my blog.

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