I have the pleasure of introducing you to Amy Cain of the Reconnected Roots blog. “It’s an ever-evolving mix of family genealogy, history and stories.” As Amy states on her site: “This is the African-American Genealogy Website dedicated to Researching and the re-telling of our Ancestor’s story. You won’t find much about the living here, as they are fully able to speak for themselves.”
Amy started casually researching her family history in 2001. She had never imagined it would become her “drug of choice” so to speak! She has been a happy genea-addict for roughly nine years now.
Originally, Amy set out to try and help her husband find his biological father. Sadly, Amy and her husband have yet to find out who he is or was; however, the information discovered along the way has been a remarkable experience for them both, so much so that it has been almost overwhelming for Amy.
Amy has discovered so many new facets of both family lines. In fact, her discoveries have led her to her current project which is a novel based on the actual events and people in her husband’s maternal line.
Amy’s Family and Her Blog
Amy’s husband is very supportive of her blog, although, she believes he just “skims” her posts rather than actually reading them! Other family members read it from afar but prefer not to comment on the posts.
Amy does have one cousin in Jacksonville, FL who reads her blog faithfully and actually comments on every post. He is her top family supporter and has no idea how much his support has meant to her as she goes thru the many wonderful and difficult times as she blogs about her family history.
Amy has a few friends that follow her, and she is very thankful and appreciates them all. Whether they participate in the commentary part of it or not is ok with her, “they are reading and that is what is important.”
Amy often gets emails where something she said via her blog touched someone or made their day. Amy feels those are the types of things that let her know she is on the right track. So, feedback is important to her.
How Amy Follows the Rest of Us
Amy does use Google Reader but is in search of a time management system that works for her. She loves reading all of her fellow researchers blogs but needs to create a schedule for regular blog reading time, she knows how easy it is to get “behind” in reading everyone’s posts. Amy finds herself one of the last ones to comment due to time restraints. Amy likes to catch up on her blog reading on Friday’s and Saturday’s and read as many posts as possible.
Amy’s Thoughts on Blogging
Amy had several concerns about creating her blog, in fact, she is not sure they have gone away! One concern was whether she had anything relevant to say that people would want to read. She was also concerned about how her very private family would take to her “airing” their family history. So far, it’s been great.
Amy’s final concern was whether or not she would have the time required to maintain her blog, but now realizes she writes when she can. Amy hopes to have even more time later in the fall to put all of her mental posts on her blog.
What Amy Loves Most About Genealogy
Amy absolutely loves taking the facts about an ancestor and painting the picture for others, or telling their story. Granted, there are some gaps that can never be filled, or stories that one will never know what happened. But she really enjoys talking about family members she never knew, and putting the pieces together for all to understand. In Amy’s words, “ironically, the stories seem to repeat in similar fashions, so maybe re-telling of stories is not such a bad idea!”
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Please take a moment and head on over to Amy’s blog. Leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by. Welcome Amy!
© 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!
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