May I Introduce To You . . . Debbie Mascot

Debbie Mascot

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to, Debbie Mascot of the Mascot Manor Genealogy blog, described as, “General thoughts and notes about my personal family history explorations.”

How Debbie Got Started in Genealogy

Debbie started her family history adventure about 14 years ago. It all began, when her grandfather’s 80th birthday was coming around very soon. Debbie wanted to make a plaque of all of his descendants as a birthday gift.  Debbie tried many times over to get the placement correct, she decided a family tree computer program might help her get her chart more aligned. As Debbie started entering the data, she realized she knew more than just what was needed for the plaque…it was then that Debbie started entering all that she knew.

Debbie also knew that her grandfather would have a bit more information, so she entered what he knew.  As Debbie filled in her information, she came to realize that her maternal side on her chart was empty. Debbie gathered information on her maternal side, and entered all that was known…and “the rest is history” as they say.

Rather than a plaque, Debbie’s family ended up having a family reunion, and a complete book for her grandfather’s 80th birthday, in 1999.

Debbie’s Family and Her Blog

Debbie is not entirely sure if her family reads her genealogy blog.  She has sent her family blog links, and has mentioned it, but hasn’t received much feedback from family members,  “I do think though, that they enjoy having someone researching the family history, and it’s my goal to find a way to make it more fun for the non-genealogists amongst them.  Sharing the trees and the charts is important, but when I share a picture or a story, the excitement is contagious, and it’s that excitement I hope catches on to at least one of those in the next generation.  And maybe even some in my generation.”

How Debbie Follows the Rest of Us

Debbie uses Google Reader and “loves it!” Being able to read blogs from her computer, Pod, or really just about anywhere she chooses, is a major convenience, “I learn so much from all of you bloggers!”

Currently, Debbie is following about 50 blogs in her reader, “instead of waking up and reading the newspaper over a cup of coffee (which can be rather depressing), I log onto Google Reader, and read what all of you are up to!”

Debbie’s Thoughts on Blogging

Debbie’s blog came about after attending the Family History Expo in Pleasanton, California, in October 2010. The Expo was where Debbie learned of genealogy blogs and the genealogy blogging community.

Debbie had created a website in the mid 1990’s. Since it was her home on the web, Debbie called it “Mascot Manor” which still exists, but is now considered a “family blog.” While she had her family website, she didn’t think of having a blog just for genealogy. When Debbie decided to create her genealogy blog, she thought it fitting that the title “Mascot Manor” would fit under the Mascot Manor umbrella.  Following the Expo, she quickly started reading a number of blogs, and Debbie was hooked.

One of Debbie’s biggest concerns about blogging is that she would be “completely boring!” Since Debbie has only been blogging for less than six months, this concern is still very real for her, “I can’t imagine that anyone would even want to look at my blathering, on and on, but in all truthfulness, whenever I get a comment, I get a big smile on my face.”

What Debbie Loves Most About Genealogy

Debbie loves finding details from vagueness, “I love finding the stories between the birth and death dates. It’s like being a detective, only I don’t have to carry a gun…unless you count my Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner. I have been known to accidentally press the scan button and blind people!”

Debbie’s Times Capsule Message

“Whenever I am thinking about my ancestors and wondering something about them, I answer that question myself in my journal or on my blog. If I notice an ancestor’s job and wonder what they did, I will write about what I do at work. When I use Google Earth to view an ancestral home and see the neighbors’, I write about mine. I try to be proactive, so that no matter what my 4th great grandchildren’s questions may be about me are, they will have an answer.”  Debbie tries to make this a daily ritual so that her descendants will have a sense of what her life was like.

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Please take a moment and stop by Debbie’s blog; leave a comment to let her know you stopped by. Welcome Debbie, it’s great to have you here!

© 2011, 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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