May I Introduce To You . . . Beth Evans

Beth Evans

I have the great pleasure to introduce you to Beth Evans and her blog, Walking with Ancestors, described as, “. . . Stories of my ancestors alongside my observations of family history research and general local history.”  Beth currently resides in Wales.

How Beth Got Started in Genealogy

“I have been researching my family history since early 2007 but have always had an interest in the places my family came from.

It’s really been difficult to pinpoint what got me interested in starting my family history research because the interest has always been there really. As a child I loved listening to my grandparents and parents talk about their childhoods, family members and how they grew up.

As an adult, these stories were even more prominent and as a stay at home Mum to my 18 month old son, I decided to take out a free trial on Ancestry to prevent my brain turning to mush and have never looked back.”

Beth’s Family and Her Blog

“My family thinks I am slightly loopy but at the same time excited because of the contact from living cousins coming through Walking with Ancestors. My father was touched when he read a post I had written about my grandmother who died from cancer when he was 9. I hope that, in time, they may want to write some guest posts for me.

My Mum occasionally reads my posts but very few of my ‘real life’ friends and family take an interest. I do have a habit of boring them with it in person though.”

How Beth Follows the Rest of Us

“I’m a bad blogger because I don’t actually follow any other blogs in a reader. I tend to bookmark the blogs I really enjoy but rely on Twitter for the vast majority of posts I read.

Beth does not use email to stay up to date on blog posts, “No . . . I am atrocious at opening my emails . . . even with an iPhone, iPad, and Desktop Application.”

The amount of blogs Beth follows on a typical day varies greatly and depends on how much she uses Twitter, “Today, as of 17:24, the total stands at 0 . . . tomorrow it could be 30.”

Beth’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I’ve been blogging on and off for 3 years, primarily with ‘Mummy’ blogs. I enjoyed blogging there but felt uncomfortable about revealing my family history in the same space that I was talking about my children, our home and daily lives. At least Walking with Ancestors is only linked to anything genealogy related and (hopefully) the two are somewhat difficult to link.

Most bloggers I have met say that their biggest fear when starting out is that nobody will want to read what they write . . . mine was (and is) quite different, what I really fear is the potential of being ‘found’ . . . I know this sounds rather bizarre. Once you start a public blog on the internet the content is there for anyone to read. With our daily internet usage, we leave a footprint. I didn’t want some crazy person researching me and my life and using it with malicious intent, for example – I’ve stopped using my mother’s maiden name and any birth places as a password for important things because I write about them on Walking with Ancestors.”

How did Beth come up with her blog title?  “This question still baffles me because I really don’t know how I came up with it; perhaps it was given to me by one of my ancestors . . . It has been likened by friends to the old BBC programme, ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ . . . I like it though; it’s very fitting and doesn’t limit me to talking about my personal family history.”

What Beth Loves Most About Genealogy

“Looking for that elusive 2nd cousin 3x’s removed, who disappears between census years and then finding them in a different county with a slightly misspelled surname gives me a huge rush of adrenaline. I love the challenges, I love how it feels when a brick wall is broken down and I love watching the stories of my ancestor’s lives coming together.”

Beth’s Time Capsule Message

“Once in a while, put the computer down, and go and appreciate a cemetery . . . it’s one of the most calming and quiet places I’ve ever been.”

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