May I Introduce to You . . . Jenny Lanctot

Come meet genealogy blogger Jenny Lanctot, author of the Are My Roots Showing? blog, in this interview by Gini Webb at GeneaBloggers.

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Jenny Lanctot and her blog, Are My Roots Showing?, described as, “. . . Basically, it’s a place where I can tell the stories of my ancestors and provide hints and tips about stuff I learn along the way.”

A Little About Jenny

“I was born in Portland, Oregon and spent my formative years (age 5 to adulthood) in Atlanta, Georgia.  I currently live and work as a paralegal in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  I’m slowly (emphasis on slow) working toward getting my genealogy certification.”

How Jenny Got Started in Genealogy

Jenny has been researching and doing genealogy on and off since about 1985-86, but researching in earnest for about the past five or six years.

“My grandfather (who was adopted at age 4) started working on his family history when he was trying to find out who his biological parents were.  I’m pretty sure I caught the bug from him.  He passed away in 1990 and I inherited all of his research.  And no, we still haven’t found his biological parents.”

Jenny’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years now.  I love to write, and the blog provided a vehicle for my writing and allowed me to tell the stories of my ancestors.  Plus, I’m a huge fan of instant gratification, so the idea of being able to publish my work ‘in the now’ is perfect for the impatient side of me.”

Jenny’s Tips for New Bloggers

“Don’t be afraid to change things up.  Your blog is your own and it doesn’t have to look like everyone else’s.  But the most important tip is to BE YOU.  If you aren’t authentic, how will anyone believe anything you have to say?”

Jenny’s Favorite Blog Post

“It’s probably surprising that it isn’t a post about an ancestor or any fancy research methodology.  Instead, it is a how-to post for a concept that was so simple I was almost embarrassed to write about it, but then I thought … I can’t be the only one who has this problem.  I was right.  People are still looking at it almost every day.  It reminds me that we’re all human and we’ve all ‘been there.’  This Might Be a New Record.”

Jenny’s Time with the Ancestors

“Not as much as I like (I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard THAT before!). It’s easier to find time now that I’ve completely given up personal hygiene and housekeeping on the weekends.  I try to do some bits here and there during the week too, but this pesky full-time job keeps tiring me out and I’m just not very motivated by the end of the day.  But one day, I’ll remember to buy that lottery ticket . . .”

Jenny’s Favorite Ancestor

“It would be easier to tell you which one annoys me the most.  But if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be Eliza Bourke Lanctot.  She was a strong, independent woman during the early 1900’s when women just weren’t supposed to be.  After her husband died, she became the first female hotel proprietor in Armour, South Dakota.  She went against the grain; marched to her own drum.  I like to think I inherited a little of that tenacity.  (Now maybe she’ll reveal where the heck she was born).”

How Genealogy Has Improved Jenny’s Life

“I definitely feel more in touch with my family who came before me, and I want to know more.  I want to know everything!  Our family wasn’t very close when I was growing up, and the research leading to the stories (or scandals!) has really started to bring us together more.  It also keeps me busy, so I stay out of trouble most of the time.”

What Jenny Loves Most About Genealogy

“My favorite part of researching my family history is finding out who my ancestors were.  Not just when and where they lived, married, and died, but trying to figure out WHY they did certain things or made certain decisions; what sort of things they did when they weren’t busy with their occupation. I enjoy making them real, not just statistics on a piece of paper.”

Jenny’s Genealogy Bucket List

“To identify and visit all the places my ancestors lived, especially in Europe.  I would love to be able to walk in their footsteps just for a moment.”

Jenny’s Time Capsule Message

“Talk to your family before it’s too late, then write everything down (and cite your sources the first time)!  I’m sure I’m not the only genealogist who wishes she had a nickel for every missed opportunity to really talk to a relative who is no longer with us.  When I think of all the stories that I’ve missed because I waited too long, it just breaks my heart into a million pieces.”

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

© 2014, copyright Gini Webb. All rights reserved.

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.

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Monday, 24 November 2014

Nov 24, 1864. French illustrator, lithographer, post-Impressionist painter. Born at Albi, France, Lautrec, deformed at an early age, found in the bohemian demimonde of Paris, especially the nightclubs and brothels of Montmartre, an outsider atmosphere that enticed him both personally and professionally. His drawings and posters in particular evoke the nightlife and habitués of that world. “Ugliness, everywhere and always, has its enchanting side,” Lautrec said. “It is fascinating to discover it where no one else had noticed it.” He died Sept 9, 1901, at Château Malromé, Gironde, France.
Today is Monday 24 November 2014, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Happy blogiversary to suesgenblog (started 24 November 2008).
  • Today: Battle of Chatanooga – Anniversary and Henri de Tolouse-Lautrec Birthday – 150th Anniversary.

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FREE Ebooks for Genealogy and Technology – Sunday 23 November 2014

free kindle ebooks at geneabloggers

Here is a list of free Kindle ebooks from Amazon, as compiled for Sunday 23 November 2014. Don’t forget to act fast – many of these books are only offered for free for today only! That means if you have the “1-Click” feature turned on at Amazon, check to make sure the book is free before purchasing!

Don’t have a Kindle? Don’t worry . . . you can load the free Amazon Kindle App and read Kindle books on your smart phone, tablet or desktop PC. Click here for more information.



Evernote: Evernote Cracked - The Beginners Guide On How To Master Evernote And Organize Your Life: Mastering Evernote
Evernote: Evernote Cracked – The Beginners Guide On How To Master Evernote And Organize Your Life: Mastering Evernote by Clive Alden ($11.99 value)



Kindle Buffet: Find and download the best free books, magazines and newspapers for your Kindle, iPhone, iPad or Android
Kindle Buffet: Find and download the best free books, magazines and newspapers for your Kindle, iPhone, iPad or Android by Steve Weber ($5.95 value)



The Quick Guide to Cloud Computing and Cyber Security
The Quick Guide to Cloud Computing and Cyber Security by Marcia R.T. Pistorius ($2.99 value)



Evernote: Unleashed! Remember Anything, Accomplish Any Goal, Get More Done
Evernote: Unleashed! Remember Anything, Accomplish Any Goal, Get More Done by Jason Bracht ($0.99 value)

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And don’t forget to bookmark this link – it lists the Top 100 FREE Kindle Books on Amazon.

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