I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Angela Money and her blog, Northern Mama: Family History ~ Family Life, described as, “. . . Part mystery, part history, and a whole lot of family, genealogy is not solely academic but personal. Understanding the origins of my family has empowered me in unexpected ways. It has forged greater bonds with family members, and created an environment of open communication and storytelling. This is what I wish to share with my readers. Genealogy is not just history in action; The loving creation of family memories!”
A Little About Angela
“Born in Ontario, Canada and currently living in Saskatchewan, Canada.
I am a creature of contradictions! I am a professional who is a home-body; A mother of three–nine if you include horses, dog and cats–with an independent spirit; An academic nerd with a love of the stylish and the aesthetic. I am a modern woman who cherishes antiquity. A former ‘mommy-blogger,’ I realized imparting my ‘infinite mommy wisdom’ and advertising products–which were beyond necessity–was not my niche. I wanted to write; Write about my passions which included both my family and that which inspired me in life. I am an archaeologist and a teacher, a writer, and an artisan, but my latest passion seems to encompass it all–genealogy!”
How Angela Got Started in Genealogy
“I suppose I have only been actively pursuing genealogical research for 5 years, however–in a much more subtle and inadvertent way– I have been collecting family history since I was a child. I like to say my Grandmother, Madeline Grace (nee Blancher) Carter, was a family historian in her own right. She felt it important to record all significant family dates—births, marriages, deaths. She also kept a record of all the places she–and my Grandfather, Harold Thomas Carter–worked and lived. She was full of family lore and she collected and protected old family photos, the family bible, as well as heirloom glass pieces from her ancestors. I would say she set the kindling which sparked the fire, which was to be my genealogy obsession.
The spark which lit the fire however, ignited 5 years ago when my son came home from school bombarding me with questions regarding our genealogy. He had a family history project to complete for class and being the actively involved, educated parent that I am, I began to bequeath to my son the wealth of family tales and knowledge my Grandmother had bestowed upon me. It was at this time that I realized there were huge gaps in my knowledge, and my husband was not quite so aware about his side of the family. And so it was, I took my research skills as an archaeologist, got a subscription to Ancestry.ca, and began to run with my interest!”
Angela’s Thoughts on Blogging
“I began blogging years ago as a ‘Mommy Blogger’ but later decided that was becoming mundane. It was only about a month ago that I decided to re-enter the blogging world but this time as a genealogy blogger. I have always had a passion for writing; I am one of those people who was going to write a great novel but time got away from me and life got in the way! I have not completely dismissed this dream, but in the meantime I think blogging is a wonderful incentive to write daily. Genealogy is also a passion of mine so I thought why not combine these two passions? “
Angela’s Advice to New Bloggers
“My tip for new genealogy bloggers would be to write for yourself; Write what you are passionate about and what you personally are experiencing. I realize for many blogging is a business. It is an enterprise in gaining readers and achieving notoriety. While there is nothing ignoble about this it can be draining and can divert your focus from your true interests to constantly guessing what others want and expect. Be authentic! I know from ‘Mommy blogging’ that worrying about what others think and focusing on stats can make a person miserable and cause you to forget what you loved about blogging in the first place.”
Angela’s Favorite Blog Posts
“My favourite post? That’s a difficult one. My favourite would probably be my continuing Thriller Thursday serial (which of course is a group of postings). They are just fun to write as they read like a ‘penny awful’. I guess I will say the latest in the series (but you can always follow the links there to the earlier posts in the saga): My most popular post however was a Tuesday Tips post about using Evernote to create a Brick Wall Ancestors File.”
Angela’s Time with Ancestors
“My research time varies remarkably from week to week. I am a mom of three very active children, my husband has a very demanding job with a crazy schedule, and I work part time, so I guess I just fit it in between everything else! I also have many hobbies . . . yes, a novice of all trades, a master of none! I do spend many hours of my leisure time doing online research and I make a trip to the local library at least once a week. I am unfortunate to live away from my home town and I know I would spend even more research time in museums, archives, and libraries if I lived nearer the homes of my ancestors.”
Angela’s Favorite Ancestor
“My favourite ancestor (aside from those I knew and loved myself) would have to be my Great-Grandfather, Thomas Carter. His life was a difficult one: his mother dead, his father hanged, life in a workhouse and then Fegan’s Home for Boys, and from there he was shipped overseas to Canada. A 10 year old boy on his own, an indentured servant in a strange new land, I am proud of his endurance. His life has provided me with great research opportunities and amazingly rich genealogical investigation! There are others, but I think the breakthroughs I made in the research of my Great-Grandfather and his family were among the most exciting!”
How Genealogy Has Improved Angela’s Life
“Genealogy has improved my life in many ways. It has been fulfilling to provide my family with roots—particularly my children. It has provided me a great outlet for my research skills and interests in history and writing. I have become the keeper of family lore and knowledge which is a position in our families which I take very seriously. Honestly, it is just thrilling being able to bring my ancestors to life in vivid colour and detail, from what may seem the most inert and inanimate objects—documents and scraps of that which they have left behind!”
What Angela Loves Most About Genealogy
“I love pursuing Family History! What I love most and what I think has created my obsession is the discovery of stories. Just like on those genealogy television shows we enjoy so much, we are discovering, piecing together, and resurrecting the stories of those who may well have been forgotten and unknown otherwise. It’s the stories and the detective work it takes to find them which enthralls me!”
Angela’s Genealogy Bucket List
“My Genealogy Bucket List would have to include travel! My husband and I took a second honeymoon a year and a half ago to England. We spent some of that time exploring the haunts of our ancestors. This was a beautifully cathartic experience. Walking in the footsteps of our ancestors is something I want to repeat. Travel to France and Belgium, England, Scotland, and Ireland are on my bucket list, and eventually–when time permits–we would like to spend some of that travel time exploring archives and libraries in these foreign climbs!”
Angela’s Time Capsule Message
“If I were to leave a message for future generations . . . well I think it might be a novel! A simple message can turn into page after page due to my ‘wordy’ personality (as you’ve probably guessed). I hope to write a bit of a biography for future generations and I hope to live a long, full life so I can–like my Grandmother–share family tales with my Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. I suppose like everyone my simple message would be this, ‘Don’t forget me!’ and ‘Remember, that you are your own individual and truly not the sum of all your ancestors; However, you can learn much from their history, and your family roots. Whether it be endurance and survival, human resilience or fallibility, humility or self-confidence, those characteristics our ancestors’ represent to us can also inspire us in our lives and allow us to forgive our human weaknesses!’
Oh, and I’ll be leaving my family tree research with the instruction that it drive someone else’s obsession in a future generation!!”
Please take a moment to head on over to Angela’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Angela, it’s great to have you here!
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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.