May I Introduce To You . . . Cinamon Collins

Cinamon Collins

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Cinamon Collins and her blog, (Mis) Adventures Of A Genealogist, described as, “ . . . Individual Family History, sometimes informative, random musings, and occasionally the reporting of a find in the course of my research that is not related to my family at all but that I find highly amusing.”

How Cinamon Got Started in Genealogy

“I was born in Florida, grew up on a farm i nNew Jersey, went to college in New York City, met my husband while living in Los Angeles, and now living outside ofNashville. Hometown? Wherever I happen to be for any length of time.

I’ve always been curious about my family history and started asking my mother questions at an early age. However, I didn’t really start sending away for documents until the mid-90’s. Once I got a computer and was able to stay up late searching the web, that’s when things really started happening.”

Cinamon’s Family and Her Blog

Cinamon’s husband is a regular follower, “Bless him! He is wonderfully supportive and my cheerleader. My mother-in-law also reads fairly regularly. Occasionally my mom checks in, but I think she just relies mostly on my telling her things. Other than that I’m not sure who checks in on a regular basis, but I’m thrilled that people take the time to do so.”

How Cinamon Follows the Rest of Us

“I read blogs by following them on my Blogger feed, and from email. I also use Facebook and Twitter to follow blogs. On average I follow about 50. Not all of the blogs I follow post everyday.”

Cinamon’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I’ve always loved writing and wanted to be published. Blogging is one way to do that. It is also a tool to get some of my family history out there for future generations. Who knows where my research will end up eventually, but at least some of it will be in cyber space.

Once you catch the genealogy bug, it is one big unpredictable adventure. Sometimes I go through a slump of coming to one dead end after another in my family research. Then I’ll hit pay dirt and have a landslide of information come my way. I was in one of those slumps, when I decided to put work aside and get inspired by reading, Applied Genealogy by Eugene A. Stratton. Towards the end of the book he mentions the Luttrell family. I laughed out loud. This is one of my family lines. It wasn’t a landslide of information, but I felt inspired. You never know where or when you will find things, hence the title (Mis) Adventures Of A Genealogist.”

Cinamon’s main concern was, time, “When I started blogging I was in the middle of my ProGen study group, at the end stages of the NGS Home Study program, getting ready to attend my first institute at Samford, and my two young boys were starting summer break. Time is still an issue, but I manage  . . . usually.  I’m not sure I really had a fear. I just tried to stay in the moment of blogging and not think too much beyond that. You can’t control if people will like what you write, so why worry about it?”

What Cinamon Loves Most About Genealogy

“I love learning about my family! It gives me a sense of how I came to be where I am, an historical sense of my roots, and how my ancestors contributed their part to history. It makes history more interesting and personal too.”

Cinamon’s Time Capsule Message

“Life is neither fair, nor unfair. Life just is. If you want a better life, make better choices.

Learn from your ancestors, forgive yourself of past mistakes and don’t make the same ones in the future, treat others as you want to be treated, and surround yourself with people you love and trust, who also feel the same about you.”

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