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May I Introduce To You . . . Ginger R. Smith

Ginger R. Smith

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Ginger R. Smith and her blog, Genealogy By Ginger’s Blog, described as, “. . . Researching the Godwin family from Randolph and Sampson Counties of North Carolina. Allied lines for the Godwin family fromNorth Carolina include Bullard, Lathan, Lewis, Harrell, Steed, and Rasco. More recent lines fromArkansas and Oklahoma include Pulley, Lasiter, Benson, Dennis and Bullington.”

How Ginger Got Started in Genealogy

Ginger was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas and currently resides in North Carolina. She has been doing genealogy since 2007, “. . . My grandfather printed off a copy of his Family Tree Maker file and handed it to me. I was hooked after that.

I’d like to share a bit about my professional life. I am a pharmaceutical scientist and I believe doing genealogy is much like doing scientific research. You have a hypothesis about something and then you test it. You record your results, change your variables and test again. I decided to become a librarian because I feel like they know everything. And if they don’t, they at least know where to find it!”

Ginger’s Family and Her Blog

“I don’t think any of my immediate family reads my blog, although my mom did let me know when I had labeled a photo of her incorrectly. Distant cousins enjoy the dialog that ensures from the memories some of my posts create and I think they too learn from some things I write about.

My blog posts are automatically published from my Facebook page, so friends and family are notified of new posts by that avenue. I’m sure I have some friends and family who are also subscribed to the RSS feeds through their Readers. If I make a big ‘find’ then I will generally email my family directly just in case they do not follow on Facebook. I maintain several email lists as well, so new information can be broadcast to several family members at one time.”

Ginger’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I created a blog because I wanted a place where I could share all of the Xeroxes and transcripts of original records I was collecting from the State Archives and a place where I could share my research and ask for help if I got stuck. I also wanted to help educate other genealogists, especially ones new to the scene and foster a collaborative environment not confined by the rules of software packages. I also wanted to improve my writing skills with hopes of writing for the NGSq and other professional genealogy journals some day.”

Ginger had a few blogging concerns, “. . . When I first started blogging I feared people would get lost reading my posts because the blogging platform is chronologically backwards – that is, the newest posts are first and the older posts are hidden behind newer ones. I was afraid I would not be able to keep track of my posts. Some of them are continuations of older posts and it is very time consuming to keep linking back to older posts and updating the older posts with the newer post links. I was afraid I would not be able to keep up and post as often as other prolific bloggers were posting. I was afraid no one would read my posts or find them interesting.

I worried about how to organize my blog and which family lines to include. I ended up with 3 different blogs consisting of 3 different family blocks, but wish that I had just created one. I would like to eventually consolidate all 3 of them someday into one.”

How Ginger Follows the Rest of Us

“I follow other genealogy and family history blogs through Google Reader, Facebook posts, Google + and bookmarks I have saved in Google Chrome. I only have time to read between 8 and 10 blogs a day. I do not receive blog posts via email. I have way too much email to sift through as it is.”

What Ginger Loves Most About Genealogy

“I love finding and putting the pieces of the puzzles together. I like the challenge and the hunt of looking for those elusive ancestors. I love the excitement I receive from new cousins I meet. I love preserving my family’s story.”

Ginger’s Time Capsule Message

“I would tell the future generations to document everything from their viewpoint and to ask questions and make sure they record their answers.”

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