May I Introduce To You…Miriam Midkiff Robbins

When I posted my first “May I Introduce To You…” article on my blog LOOKING4ANCESTORS, little did I know that Thomas had the same idea for a column here at GeneaBloggers.  Since we were on the same wavelength, he asked if I would consider doing this as a regular feature.  I agreed.

Each week I will be introducing you to a GeneaBlogger and their blog.  I will be alternating between our seasoned veterans and our newbies.  This week will be an exception as I will be posting two articles for the column, since I am playing a little bit of catch-up.

To start us off, I am re-posting my first “May I Introduce To You…” article.

May I introduce to you Miriam Midkiff Robbins?

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Miriam is well established in the geneabloggersphere. She has been blogging since January 2006. Her two blogs are AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors and AnceStories2: Stories of Me for My Descendants.
Both of Miriam’s blogs are interesting and informative. On her AnceStories blog, Miriam shares her research tips and ideas for family history and blogging. She shares her own discoveries in her personal family history research as well.

With AnceStories2, Miriam has tapped into the idea of journal writing about ourselves for our descendants via blogging. I have spent some time reading past posts on AnceStories2. The ideas Miriam has shared certainly are inspiring. In her first post she says “Have you ever thought how wonderful it would be if you came across a diary or journal of one of your ancestors…one that not only documented the details of their everyday lives, but also those of their character, personality, and interests?”
Just by participating in these Weekly journaling prompts you too can leave a diary of yourself and your life for your future descendants to read.

I’m accepting Miriam’s invitation to blog about me for my descendants. I will be spending some time over the next few months following the journaling prompts on AnceStories2.
You know what a treasure it would be to find such a diary or journal about your ancestors. Why not leave your descendants a treasure? Visit AnceStories2: The Stories of Me For My Descendants and accept Miriam’s invitation to participate in the journaling prompts. Your descendants will thank you.

New Feature: GeneaBlog Listing

Well I’ve finally figured out how to create a blog roll of genealogy and family history related blogs and pull the data from my Google Reader rather than manually add each URL as a link.  My challenge was to get the data to appear in a WordPress blog (which is the blogging platform used here at Geneabloggers).  I will explain the process in-depth over at Facebook Bootcamp for Geneabloggers later today.

Check out the new feature in the left sidebar.  Please note that several of the blogs are managed by people who are not members of Geneabloggers.  Right now I am trying to do a “settle up” and determine which blogs are owned by actual GB members, however Facebook does not make it easy to export the member list.

If your blog is not included on the list but should be, please let me know and I will add it as soon as I can.

This Week’s New Geneablogs

Wow – that’s all I can say sometimes when I see how many new geneablogs are being started each day!  And I want to give a shout out to Becky Jamison who runs the wonderful Grace and Glory blog.  Becky has been a great cheerleader for the Geneabloggers group and I can always count on her to find some interesting blogs about genealogy that have flown under my radar.

Many of the blogs listed below are new and were only launched this week or since the beginning of the year.  This is how you can help welcome them into the fold and drive some traffic to their sites:

  • leave a welcome comment on their blog
  • if they are using Blogger as a platform, use the Follow This Blog feature; and if they don’t have the Follow feature installed, drop them an email and refer them to the Give The Gift of Following post over at Facebook Bootcamp for Geneabloggers
  • see if they have their blog at Networked Blogs on Facebook and use the Follow feature; also make sure you rate their blog and confirm them as the author if needed

Here are this week’s finds:

AncestorTracking:  “These ramblings chronicle my search through the Web for evidence of my ancestors. I would like to connect with others on a similar journey to share ideas and experiences.  Surnames: DeHority (and variants), Huffman, Moore, Mauzy, Bobbitt, Douglas/Dobrovalskas, Wychulis, Beaulieu, Landry, Ducharme.”

A Tale of Two Ancestors:  “I have been seriously researching my family history for about six months now.  A few years ago I had done a very cursory search, but then decided I was doing more than enough research in college to find time for this as well.  Ever since elementary school I have had a tremendous interest in history and I really enjoy learning about the places and history of the places my family is from, as well as searching for them.  In the future I hope to also combine my love of travel with my genealogy search. As I continue my search for my ancestors, I plan to use this blog to share my discoveries, thoughts and brick walls.  I hope you enjoy joining me on this journey:-)”

Carrow and Faunt Family Tales:  “Fairly recently retired to Northeast North Carolina after spending my whole life in Southern New Jersey in a small town on the banks of the Delaware River. My family of origin did not seem to be great travelers.When they emigrated to America ( some early and some later in history) they clung like burrs to the Delaware River Valley or as far away as Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.”

Genealogy Bug:  “Climbing Your Family Tree Can Be Fun!  My husband and I both retired in 2005 and we have made several genealogy related trips and have attended several genealogical conferences. Oh, and by the way, I LOVE going to cemeteries now!!! I even volunteer to take photos for Find A Grave! Who woulda thought…..” [Note: Kate Keller who runs this blog is Becky Jamison's cousin.  Does Becky have a blogging gene among her family's DNA?]

Jay’s Genealogy Blog:  “I began this blog to communicate some of the genealogy and family history information that I have gathered since beginning the quest to learn more about my ancestors. Initially it will present material about the Holladay family of Adair County, Kentucky – descendants of Zacharias Holladay (1761-1846) – and related families: Anderson, Creel, Montgomery, Reynolds, and Waggener. These are my father’s family lines; later I will add information about my mother’s ancestry.”

Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog:  “Recovering journalist striving to be a more professional genealogist.”

Tricks of the Tree:  “The goal of this blog is to share my experience — and future experiences — in family history research.  I hope to bring you tips and techniques, new resources, and case studies from my own research, and occasionally other topics.  I have been conducting research on my own family since I was 9 years old, and have been conducting research for others for the last several years.  I have written several articles for Family Chronicle magazine, and am the creator of the Family History Research Toolkit CD-ROM, published by Genealogical Publishing Co.”