May I Introduce To You . . . Apple of Apple’s Tree


I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Apple, the creator of the Apple’s Tree blog, a family history blog where Apple shares records, photos, and stories of her ancestors.

Apple (a nom de plume) became interested in genealogy when she was just in her teens but at that time, she didn’t have any idea how to discover more information. In the mid-1990’s, Apple purchased her first computer and a program to help organize information, sparking her interest even more. Once Apple was connected to the Internet and discovered how much information was really out there, she was hooked.  Apple started as a name collector and gradually shifted to finding the stories behind the names.

Apple started a wonderful series on her blog in November of 2008, entitled the “Camfield Letters”. One year later, Apple had transcribed and posted 226 letters in that group. These letters spanned over a 35-year period, starting in 1875 and on through to 1909, giving readers an idea of what life was like for her ancestors during those years.

Apple’s Family and Her Blog

Apple’s family follows her personal day-by-day blog but has little interest in her genealogy blog. Apple’s sister is the only family member that subscribes to Apple’s Tree blog. Apple’s mother doesn’t have a computer but loves to hear of new discoveries Apple has made. From time to time, Apple may print out articles from her blog for her mother to read.

How Apple Follows the Rest of Us

Apple prefers Feedly to Google Reader, but does use Google Reader occasionally to follow other bloggers. Apple will often use Readability when visiting blogs.

Apple doesn’t have a certain number of blogs that she follows regularly but it’s not unusual to have more than 1,000 items in her reader.  Apple loves reading the many great stories and helpful hints that others are writing on their blogs. Some days she has more time to read than on other days.

Apple’s Thoughts on Blogging

When Apple started blogging in 2005, she would write about whatever was on her mind, work, family and genealogy.  Because she was posting photos of her family and sharing about work, Apple thought it best to keep a certain amount of anonymity. It hadn’t occurred to Apple at first to start a blog specifically for family history. In 2006, Apple discovered the Carnival of Genealogy and other genealogy blogs.

Since Apple has been writing about her family history for so long, she feels she no longer remains anonymous but is very careful about what she posts about her family. In Apple’s own words, “There are also a few relatively recent skeletons lurking about my tree and while I will record those stories for future generations, I won’t share them with the world”.

Apple feels blogging has been great for her. It has helped her to stay focused on her family history journey. Blogging also continues to help improve her writing and she learns so many new things from others. But most important to Apple, is the friendships she has made along the way.

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Please stroll on over to Apple’s blog, leave a comment letting her know you stopped by. It’s great to have you here Apple!

© 2010, copyright Gini Webb

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

Memorial Day 2010

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Here in the United States, today is Memorial Day also known as Decoration Day (that’s what I grew up calling it).  It is a day set aside to honor those men and women who died while in the military service.

Many members of GeneaBloggers have posted moving and heart-felt tributes to those family members and ancestors who not only died in service but also served their country.  Please take a moment to read the stories of these men and women who have kept us free.

Photo: Memorial Day, via Flickr – used under Creative Commons 3.0 License.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Madness Monday May 31, 2010


Today is Madness Monday. If you have your own genealogy or family history related blog, you can participate in Madness Monday. What is it?

Madness Monday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Madness Monday simply create a post with the main focus being an ancestor who may have suffered from some form of mental illness or an ancestor who drives you “mad” because you have trouble locating them or locating more information about them.

Here are the latest Madness Monday posts from our member genealogy bloggers:

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee