I have the great pleasure of introducing you to . . . Holly Spencer and her blog, Raeburn Family Odyssey, described as, “ . . . Connecting the Dots of the Raeburn families and related surnames from Ireland to North America.”
Holly manages an additional blog: Ravenna Area Historical Society Blog, described as, “. . . Highlights of the history of the local area, pioneer families, Cemetery stones, historical happenings from 1849 to present.”
How Holly Got Started in Genealogy
Holly has been on her genealogy journey for about 15 years now, “Wow . . . (recalling) it has been that long now!
The first bite . . . was after a class project my oldest son had to do. He had to get a family pedigree written down, and information about his grandparents and beyond. We did so with the Spencer family and a relative had an enormous amount of information and photos etc. It got me thinking of my own family – and I started with some information gathered by my grandmother, and what my aunt knew as fact . . . they were not always one and the same.”
Holly’s Family and Her Blog
“Some are interested . . . some are not . . . no one else wants to really do genealogy research – lol. They do seem to encourage me to write more though. I didn’t realize until I stopped – temporarily, that some of the family was keeping up with it. I send email links to my less computer savvy relatives, eh hem.”
How Holly Follows the Rest of Us
“I put most on my Google Reader – great way for me. I have some on my side list on my blog.”
As to how many blogs Holly may follow on a daily basis, “Well that is tough. Daily – with work, home etc . . . I am not reading everyday, unless they come to me via email. Weekly (weekends primarily) anywhere from 2-10. There are occasions I check for new ones, via GeneaBloggers. Sometimes I just go crazy if I have time . . . a lot.”
Holly’s Thoughts on Blogging
Holly’s blog was created when she encountered a road block in her family history, “I really hoped I could connect to someone out there in cyberspace that might be able to pick up the pieces.”
Holly’s blogging concerns, “In the beginning . . . the hesitation was, was I ‘techy’ enough to be able to do a blog. Turns out, (Blogger) is easy and geneabloggers has wonderful people willing to help with suggestions.
That [thinking] my blog would be a bore, get no traffic, I guess. That it would just be floating around in cyberspace aimlessly.”
How Holly came up with her unique blog title, “As a kid . . . I thought our family . . . dropped out of the sky. We have a small family and there were no other families at the time with the same surname as I recall . . . in the phone book. Later we moved and again I checked the phone book . . . just a couple and their surname was spelled different, not related I surmised. Well . . . that turned into an interesting story . . . its here on my blog. Well it seemed like an odyssey, as I learned more about how they got to the location they did.”
What Holly Loves Most About Genealogy
“I love the hunt. I love finding new information about our ancestors and then reading books about the era/place, to try to get a ‘feel’ for how it was. Most of all I have made friends, some still virtual . . . some I have met in person, other I plan to. I really just love people.”
Holly’s Time Capsule Message
“Hmmm [mind rambling]. We are human. We are meant to connect. Whether blood family or friends [that are like family] stay connected. It is important to know where you came from but more so important to know where you are going – be ‘aware’ of the present. Enjoy life, learn from it, share it, and PRESERVE it, and the future generations will take from that what is important to them. I have begun to ‘preserve’ my ramblings of my life . . . but I have a long way to go, still writing the story.”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Holly’s blog. Leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by. Welcome Holly, 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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