I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Anne Robinson and her blog, Phamily Blog, described as, “. . . A history of my phamily and good therapy for those days when you are missing someone you loved and lost.”
A Little About Anne
“Like my hubby, I was born in Pueblo, CO. We live in Northglenn, CO. today. We raised five kids together. We work hard, three of the kids have college degrees and the youngest one is studying so he can get his BS and then a Masters. Makes a mom proud.
We have dogs and cats always with us and we like to travel. We love spending time with our phamily and we lead simple lives. No showy stuff, just good old fashioned values, lots of phamily photos and kids are always around. We like to walk and run and hike together.
I love collecting dolls and my hubby studies the Bible diligently. We attend church together and considering we have been hit with lots of difficult stuff throughout our marriage, sickness, job loss, etc., we remain strong and stick together like glue.
I am a tea collector, anything with tea I love tea pots, cups, etc. I am the baby in my sibling order and I like to dream. My hubby is the middle child, he is very kind and very level headed. I am an emotional mess some days and he balances that out for me. I am like our youngest Nick, he is like our middle Rebekah. We love our kids and the grand kids and we are so young (wink wink) we have some great-grands too!”
How Anne Got Started in Genealogy
“About five years ago, when a co-worker told me she traced her dad’s phamily back to the 14th century and Vasco de Gama. I went to Catholic school, a girl never forgets a really cool explorer like him! I have dabbled in my phamily history for several years but the past six months I have kicked it up a lot!
My girlfriend Barb started me blogging but my cousins, Mike and Kay, encouraged me to write about the phamily. Wanting to know things about my ancestors that I was too young to ask them. I have always been fascinated where they came from, Yugoslavia/Slovenia/Austria. Plus my hubby has his dad’s genealogy from Ireland for several generations back and someone did lots of research. They did not include photos so I am filling in those blanks too.”
Anne’s Thoughts on Blogging
“I have been blogging since Nov 1, 2009 but got into the genealogy aspect of it because my cousin Mike Barnett was blogging a history for his kids, ‘Life in Bojon Town.’ He wanted his kids, grandkids and nieces and nephews to have something to remember us by.
When I started my blog, my lifelong friend Barb encouraged me. Our middle daughter had a little poodle who got really ill and diagnosed with cancer. She said write about her, you will never regret it, so I did. Plus now when I look back on my blog posts and see improvements I made I feel good writing a mini history of my life and those I loved and cherished.
I am not very tech savvy so I learn a little at a time with various good buddies I have meet through blogging. Makes me feel good to accomplish many things, like these questions, where my text was changing colors! It seems like it only happens to me, but I laugh and roll with it! Thank you.”
Anne’s Advice for Genealogy Bloggers
“Don’t give up! My cousin Kay is a puzzle solver and she encourages me to keep keeping on. She will visit the homeland of our ancestors in August.”
Anne’s Favorite Blog Post
“It is hard to say, I have written a few on weddings posting my mom and dad’s siblings and their own weddings. But there are more than one post. I love that everyone pitches in and sends me photos to use. I love photos.”
Genealogy Blogs That Inspire Anne
“My cousin Mike but I have started to look at others. There is so much info out there.”
Anne’s Time with Ancestors
“I lost my job in November 2014 so right now I have more time. Once I get back to work, hopefully by September, I will work on it maybe two hours daily. Some days I work 4-5 hours at a time.”
Anne’s Favorite Ancestors
“My grandmother Cecilia Steblay, she suffered so many hardships and they made her stronger. Her faith prevailed. She was my mom’s mom and then my dad’s father, Joe Kocman, he and his brother were orphaned and he was one of the best parents ever! Life could not beat him down and take his joy away.”
Anne’s Most Cherished Family Heirloom or Story
“My mom’s cedar chest and a photo I have of my great grandfather, Joseph Kralj and my uncle Louie as a small boy.”
How Genealogy Has Improved Anne’s Life
“It makes me more determined. I am searching now about my great grandfather and you cannot tell me no! I will prevail! I keep searching, redoing it and searching more! Plus I find little bits of info that make me smile. Like my youngest daughter Hannah is born on July 3 and so was my dad’s little brother Frank that passed away during the Influenza Epidemic in 1918.”
Anne’s Time Capsule Message for the Future
“Talk to the older generation. Tape them, record them, listen and date all your information. You won’t ever regret the search you are on.”
Please take a moment to head on over to Anne’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Anne, it’s great to have you here!
© 2015, 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.