May I Introduce To You . . . Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana

Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana and her blog, The Last Leaf on This Branch, described as, “. . . As the last leaf on this branch of my family, I’m sharing my genealogical journey, from hobbyist to Professional Genealogist, through the perspective of someone without descendants. And I’m a passionate Archivist who wants to see every genealogist’s material survive past the next generation. And I may try to tell the story of the genealogy of a town . . . stay tuned!”

How Laura Got Started in Genealogy

Laura has been doing genealogy since 1996, “. . . I’ve loved history since I was a little girl, but knew very little about my family. My mom’s mom died in 1990, she was 97, and a year later I nearly died from congenital blood disorder (DNA test, anyone?) Anyway, the disorder is matrilineal, so I started poking around. Then, mom started talking about some of the stories her mom had told her, and I wanted to find out if they were true. Voilá!”

Laura’s Family and Her Blog

“My parents are elderly, live in Arizona, and don’t have a computer. My husband has no interest in Genealogy and/or blogs. However, I have some wonderful 2nd and 3rd cousins inCincinnati,Ohio who I met because of the blog, and they love it!

The people who are important to me follow my blog, and the people who follow my blog are important to me. I *wish* my family was more interested in the research I do (sound familiar?), but I’m relying on someone 100 years in the future to find the work I do important. My interest is the people that lived more than 100 years ago, so it just makes sense to me that that’s how long it takes for us to be historically relevant.”

Laura’s Thoughts on Blogging

Laura was inspired to start blogging through a group on Twitter. “I’d had a Twitter account for a while, and found a great group of coffee lovers who were up very early in the morning. We were discussing our work and when I mentioned I’m an Archivist, I found out one of them was a Genealogist! We started to chat about research and resources and suddenly a bell went off in my head. My research had been sitting for several years, and she urged me to get back to it. The next thing I knew I was thinking about sharing my unique perspective on Archives and Genealogy, so I decided to start the blog.”

Laura’s blog title came about during her illness, “At the time I was sick I was told I’d be unable to have children, which was very, very difficult. My brother has no children either, so as the youngest, I’m the last leaf on this branch.”

Laura’s concerns about blogging were that no one would read it, “Obviously, because of my perspective, I hoped that people would find it different and, therefore, interesting. I didn’t understand how far-reaching blogs are, so I didn’t put that much emphasis on it. Although, since I’m doing an interview with GeneaBloggers, I probably should have!”

How Laura Follows the Rest of Us

Currently, Laura relies on email notifications and manages everything through that platform. “I have about 30 that I follow through email and I probably read another 20 or so through Twitter, depending on who’s tweeting what. To be honest, I haven’t read as many genealogy blogs because I’ve focused on Archives/Library, Social Media, Technology and History; I’m shifting my focus, so I’m looking forward to following back everyone who follows me. There’s so much great material out there, and I’m often inspired both in my work and life by what people write.”

What Laura Loves Most About Genealogy

“The people. Both dead and alive. Heh. To be honest, the living people who I’ve met through genealogy in the last year feel like family to me. I’m energized by how far genealogy has come, in the last 10 years or so, through the use of technology especially, and how quickly the genealogical community has adapted. This type of change is excruciatingly difficult for some people and the fact that there are so many of us out there holding out our hands and saying, ‘Come on!! It’s great in here! You can do it!’ just proves my point. There’s a group of us (bloggers) in the Midwest that are getting together at the end of March to have a day of research at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center inFt. Wayne, Indiana, followed by a pizza party at a genealogist’s home. We get to share not only our experience, but our brick walls and successes too. It’s awesome!”

Laura’s Time Capsule Message

“Do unto others. Seriously. Treat each other, both living and dead, the way you want to be treated. Don’t just treat your ancestors as entries in a database (or whatever they’re using by then . . . gosh, who KNOWS what it’ll be!). They were people with lives. Lives that were lived both well and not so well. As I’m thinking about it, I answered this question on my blog. Here’s the link, I hope you like it: Sentimental Sunday – To Whom It May Concern . . .

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

© 2012, 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.

Genealogy Blogging Beat – Monday, February 27, 2012

genealogy blogging beat

Today is Monday, February 27, 2012 and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today is National Strawberry Day (US).

Daily Blogging Prompts

Amanuensis Monday – An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here.

Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.

Madness Monday – create a post with the main focus being an ancestor who either suffered some form of mental illness or an ancestor who might be hard to locate and drives you mad. This is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Mappy Monday – do maps, deeds and land records factor in to your family history? Join us for Mappy Monday where you can post map images and how they relate to your research or discuss other aspects of land ownership and your ancestors. Several members of GeneaBloggers suggested this type of theme and in fact Holly Spencer of Ravenna Area Historical Society Blog has been using this theme since March 2009.

Maritime Monday – Post about anything to do with the sea: ancestors who were sailors, shipwrights, fishermen, or coastguards including images, records and links. Maritime Monday is an ongoing series created by Ros Haywood at the GenWestUK blog.

Matrilineal Monday – Post about the female line of one of your families you are researching. Matrilineal Monday is an ongoing series by Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman of ‘On a flesh and bone foundation’: An Irish History.

Military Monday – We all have ancestors who have served in the military. Military Monday is a place to post their images, stories and records of their service in various branches of the military. Military Monday is an ongoing series by Cindy at Everything’s Relative – Researching Your Family History.

Mobile Monday – Do you use mobile applications on a SmartPhone to assist with your genealogy research? Post a review of any applications you’ve used or post about what you’d like to see in a mobile application related to genealogy. This is an ongoing series created by A.C. Ivory of the Find My Ancestor blog.

Motivation Monday – do you have a set of genealogy-related goals you want to tackle? Do you have tips on getting motivated? Whether you want to lend advice or you need advice, participate in Motivation Monday at your blog and tell us what’s on your genealogical plate. This is an ongoing series created by Dionne Kurti at Finding Josephine.

Mystery Monday – Closely related to Madness Monday only these missing ancestors might not cause madness! Mystery Monday is where you can post about mystery ancestors or mystery records – anything in your genealogy and family history research which is currently unsolved. This is a great way to get your fellow genealogy bloggers to lend their eyes to what you’ve found so far and possibly help solve the mystery. Several genealogy bloggers have been using Mystery Monday as an ongoing series including Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings, Kathleen Moore of The Misadventures of a Genealogist and Betty Tartas of Betty’s Boneyard Genealogy Blog.

To ensure that your blog post is included in the “roll-up” widgets below, include the name of the blogging theme in your post title. Examples: Black Sheep Sunday – Honey Dijon; Tombstone Tuesday – Ida Slapter.

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If you would like your event or Daily Blogging Prompt included, please contact Geneabloggers at geneabloggers [at] gmail [dot] com.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee