May I Introduce To You . . . Amy Jurries


Amy Jurries

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Amy Jurries and her blog, Letters From World War II, described as, “. . . The story of the Nelson Family from Appleton,MN and how they were affected by WWII.”

How Amy Got Started in Genealogy

Amy’s family has always been interested in genealogy and has spent quite a bit of time researching their family history back to the 18th century so far.

“We have even visited many of the places where certain members emigrated. One day my mother received a call from her cousin who said he found an old shoebox full of letters in the garage that his father Jerry (my great uncle) had saved. The letters were from everyone in Jerry’s immediate family, including my grandmother and grandfather, written during WWII. Jerry had saved almost every letter ever written to him during this period.

As I read through the letters, I was fascinated by the stories and decided to work on better preserving the letters. I made digital copies of every scrap paper, then properly archived the letters in storage boxes to help slow the degradation. The whole archiving project peaked my curiosity in not only my own family’s personal WWII experience, but that of the everyday American during the time.”

Amy’s Family and Her Blog

“They love it! Now everyone in the family can enjoy the letters and read them in order as the story unfolds. I think we all have come to know a completely different side of our relatives that they were not too willing, if at all, to share once they returned home from the war.

Many members of my family regularly read the Letters From WWII blog. It is fun for all of us to experience what our father, mother, grandparents, cousin, etc. went through during such an important time in history.”

Amy’s Thoughts on Blogging

Amy’s biggest blogging concern, “. . . Apart from my mother, that no one would read or even care about the letters! I wasn’t sure if a blog was the best format for the letters but quickly realized it was a great way to share the family experience with anyone who is interested in that angle of WWII history. We will most likely donate the physical letters to either the Library of Congress orMinnesotaMilitaryMuseumeventually but I didn’t want them to get lost in the shuffle before we had a chance to share the story.

I wanted to find a way to share the letters with my entire extended family so we could all enjoy them as much as I do. I also wanted to share the story with anyone who is interested in a somewhat different view and very tiny piece of WWII history. The title is basically descriptive-nothing creative!”

How Amy Follows the Rest of Us

Amy prefers to use Google Reader to catch up on blog reading, “And it’s full of blog feeds! Reader makes it very easy for me to catch up on other blogs or quickly decide which articles are interesting enough to read further.”

For some blog feeds, Amy does use her email but she tries to keep everything in Google Reader, “I get way to many emails as it is already!”

Amy currently follows about 100 different blogs and alerts. She likes to go thru her Reader every couple of days to see what is interesting.

What Amy Loves Most About Genealogy

“Getting to see a side of my grandparents and their family that I otherwise never would, but also learning what life was like for the typical small town American family during WWII.”

Amy’s Time Capsule Message

“Talk to your family, especially the older generations while they are still around. You will quickly realize long after they are gone how much you didn’t know about them and the wonderful stories they had to tell.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Amy’s blog. Leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by. Welcome Amy, 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.

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