I have the pleasure of introducing you to Debbie Mayes and her blog, Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail, described as, “. . . Anything genealogical that’s on my mind at the time when I decide to write. Blogging is a new experience for me and I haven’t decided on a definite direction that I want to go with the blog. For now, I’m playing it by ear and will head in the direction where the blog’s feedback takes me.”
How Debbie Got Started in Genealogy
Debbie has been doing genealogy for about 15 years now.
“When home computers were a fairly new thing, my dad wrote a little book on his family as a way to learn to use the word processor and to give to our family members. He didn’t do any research. His aunt was still living at the time so they brainstormed and he wrote everything that he and she remembered about various members of our family.
I am the oldest cousin on that side of my family. Several years later, my younger cousins had all gotten married and began having kids. Dad wanted to update the little family history he had written and asked me if I would work on it with him. The old family stories fascinated me and left me wanting to know how accurately they had been passed down and find more details. My dad and great aunt wanted to know who our immigrant ancestor was and where he came from. All of my family wanted to know who was the grandma who was supposed to be full blooded Indian and what we could learn about her. I started trying to find these answers and got hooked.”
Debbie’s Thoughts on Creating a Genealogy Blog
“I started it in February 2012. It came with the website builder that I was using so I thought I might as well try blogging and see where it leads me. It will probably continue to be a variety of topics, whatever strikes me at the time – a little bit of tips, ‘how-to’s,’ my thoughts on current genealogical events, my family, and Ohio genealogy.”
Debbie’s Favorite Blog Post
For Debbie, the post that stands out the most is Wedding Wednesday – A Wedding Mystery , about her grandparents, “When I see that post and the accompanying photo of them smiling, I feel like they are smiling at me and they loved me and I loved them so much. It makes me feel happy when I see them smiling at me.”
Debbie’s Tips for New Genealogy Bloggers
“Explore other blogs to see how others are doing theirs and learn from them. Don’t worry about what to write. Just write and write from your heart.”
Debbie’s Favorite Ancestor
“John Mahlon Carder. I’ve done so much research on him trying to learn about him and who his parents and siblings were and about their lives that I feel like I personally knew him. He was in the Civil War and was a POW captured by the Confederate army in Tennessee.”
How Genealogy Improved Debbie’s Life
“I’ve learned so much and met so many great people. I’ve made some of the best friends I’ve ever had. Doing my family history and my activities in the genealogical community has given me insight on people’s lives and a new perspective about how I see historical events. Genealogy makes history personal and that makes it come alive.”
What Debbie Loves Most About Genealogy
“The stories. These aren’t just names and dates on paper. They were real people who lived real lives and the true stories are better than fiction.”
Debbie’s Time Capsule Message
“You need to know about your family to know who you are and where you came from. You need to make sure that it’s passed on to the younger and future generations of your family so that they know those who came before them and so they are not forgotten.”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Debbie’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Debbie, 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!
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