Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Apr 14, 1865. President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC. He died the following day. The assassin was John Wilkes Booth, a young actor.

Apr 14, 1865. President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC. He died the following day. The assassin was John Wilkes Booth, a young actor.


Today is Tuesday, 14 April 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: First Dictionary of American English, Published – Anniversary, International Moment of Laughter Day, Assassination of Abraham Lincoln – 150th Anniversary, and National Be Kind To Lawyers Day.

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May I Introduce to You . . . Matthew Burt

Come meet genealogy blogger Matthew Burt, author of Burt and Beyond, in this interview by Gini Webb at GeneaBloggers.

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Matthew Burt and his blog, Burt and beyond – a journey in Genealogy, described as, “. . . A personal family blog to learn about my own heritage with a focus on trying to teach through my own experiences from scratch.”

A Little About Matthew

“I was born in The North of England in the historical city of York which is in the County of North Yorkshire. I have lived there all of my life (35 years) and it’s England’s friendliest place in my humble opinion.”

How Matthew Got Started in Genealogy

“I am currently studying towards my BA (hons) in History with the Open University and enjoy all aspects of the field especially the social side. I thought it would be really fun to link my own family to important historical periods and find out how they may have added to their own societies. I have only been seriously studying for 3 months.”

Matthew’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I started building it a month ago and it was a way to chart my own journey for myself and my family initially, but I think it will be pretty cool to share my findings on the way. How I got there as well as who I found, who knows it could be useful for somebody.”

Matthew’s Advice for New Bloggers

“Keep going. First and foremost write about what you love and don’t be too worried about how many readers you get initially.”

Matthew’s Favorite Blog Post

“My favourite post is “Heroes of Hope Street” I love the way families can be inter connected and this story has a coincidence that I love.”

Matthew’s Time with Ancestors

“With all of my study and full time work commitments it is tough but I try to spend 4/5 hours per week.”

Matthew’s Favorite Ancestor

“Harry Burt my paternal Grandad. He used to tell me old war stories and that is what sparked my interest in History. I am currently waiting on his WW2 service records and I hope to share them over the next couple of weeks.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Matthew’s Life

“It has given me a new passion, I know already that I am hooked for life on Genealogy. Plus I have already been in touch with several relatives I had never met before.”

What Matthew Loves Most About Genealogy

“I feel so proud each time I discover an ancestor entering some field of battle. I have learned of ancestors who fought in both world wars, the Boer war and even one Irish ancestor who fought with the Union Army in the American Civil War.”

Matthew’s Genealogy Bucket List

“To visit many of the places my Ancestors come from.”

Matthew’s Time Capsule Message

“Know where you came from and understand from whom you came and be proud of it.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Matthew’s blog. Leave him a comment letting him know you stopped by. Welcome Matthew, 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.

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