May I Introduce To You . . . Diana Quinn

Moments In Time

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Diana Quinn and her blog, Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog, described as, “. . . shared information about genealogy and my family tree.”

Diana manages two additional blogs:

  • The Reddick Bryan Family, described as, “. . . Bienville and Beyond, A Timeline.  Reddick Bryan was my great-great grandfather. I began this timeline in 1999, soon after contacting Dennis Bryant, an avid Bryant/Bryan researcher from Georgia, who found Reddick in Martin County, North Carolina.”
  • Slavery and the Bryan Family, described as, “. . . Throughout my Bryan family research, I have heard of or seen references to slaves owned by the Bryan family. From family letters, it appeared that the Bryan’s were a kind, loving, and close-knit family. They were hard workers, active in the Methodist church, and proponents of education. The Bryan family plantation was void of columns and southern charm. Found in the book Louisiana Plantation Homes, Colonial and Antebellum by W. Darrell Overdyke, the Bryan plantation home was a two room dogtrot log cabin. I had hoped that the Bryan’s were benevolent slave owners, but have learned that not all were caring and compassionate. To the descendants of persons enslaved by the Bryan family, I hope that you will share your research and stories.

I have created this blog as I cannot imagine researching families without the possibility of birth dates and last names. The first names and birth dates were found in a transcription of a bible once owned by the Reddick Bryan family. Additional names were found in Reddick Bryan’s probate record and in deed records. I have added anecdotal information based on census records.

I begin this blog with records of 43 enslaved persons. These persons will be listed in possible family groups. Most records cited were found in Northwest Louisiana where my Bryan family settled in 1838. I will add to this blog as more information becomes available. On the 1840 census, Reddick Bryan reported owning eight slaves indicating that the majority of the slaves that he owned at his death in 1864 were acquired or born in Louisiana.”

Diana was born in a Naval Hospital in New York City and soon after, moved to Virginia. Virginia Beach has been her home for almost 55 years now.

How Diana Got Started in Genealogy

Diana has been doing Genealogy since 1998, “. . . My mother, from New York, and my father, from the small town of Borger, Texas, married after meeting while in the Navy. They were both interested in family history and asked me to look for their families on my new Internet in 1998. I found both families connected in Bienville Parish, Louisiana and never stopped searching.”

Diana’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I attended a session at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in 2011 where Thomas MacEntee presented Beginner to Reader to Blogger in 60 Minutes. From the first instant of that session, I was hooked. Blogging gives me a way to share my finds and ask questions as well as an outlet for my projects.  I wrote Forgotten Family, in 2001, to tell about my quest to identify photographs, but had no good way to share it until I became a blogger. Two other projects, The Reddick Bryan Family, A Timeline and Slavery and the Bryan Family have each been converted to individual blogs.”

Diana’s Favorite Blog Post

“Another project, about my husband’s grandfather and the Irish Uprising, has been my favorite so far. Creating a timeline of nine posts about his service in the old IRA led to many discoveries and an interesting way of sharing his pension record.”

Diana’s Tip for New Bloggers

“Consider blogging another wonderful research tool. As I write, I see the questions that need to be answered and stop to do the research.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Diana’s Life

“Genealogy has helped me connect with family. My father was in the Navy and I grew up in Virginia away from any family. Genealogy paved the way to my meeting so many members of my extended family.

One of my favorite ‘finds’ was a second cousin once removed. We met on the Internet after I posted a picture of her grandfather in 2001. She lives on the west coast and I live on the east coast, but together, we have attended two genealogy conferences and been on nine genealogical research trips; visiting new found relatives, numerous libraries, courthouses, state archives and of course, cemeteries. ”

Diana’s Favorite Ancestor

“My favorite is Reddick Bryan, my great-great-grandfather, who was a pioneer of sorts.  A trail of information about him has taken me from North Carolina, to Georgia, and to Louisiana where he settled in 1838. I know so many minute details about his life; yet, cannot definitively name is parents.”

What Diana Loves Most About Genealogy

“I love the search and putting the pieces together. It doesn’t even have to be my family.”

Diana’s Time Capsule Message

“Share your genealogy! The benefits outweigh the risks. Yes, others may take your research without giving you credit, information will be misconstrued, and your great-great-grandfather’s family picture will be attached to someone completely unrelated in an on-line family tree.  However, when you share, you will discover more facts and clues, find more family, meet a lot of nice people, and share many interesting experiences.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Diana’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Diana, it’s great to have you here!

© 2013, copyright Gini Webb

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her 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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