I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Janine Adams and her blog, Organize Your Family History, described as, “. . . I’m a professional organizer who loves family history research. The blog aims to help people have fun and stay focused (and organized!) while doing their family history research.”
Janine grew up in Washington State; but has made St. Louis, Missouri her home since 1989.
How Janine Got Started in Genealogy
Janine has been doing her genealogy “casually” for about ten years and more seriously for about one year now.
“About ten years ago, when I was visiting my parents, my mother passed along a family history narrative that her cousin had put together in the 80’s. And then my father’s sister, handed me a family history book from that side of the family, I was immediately hooked. I went online and started clicking around on other family member’s trees, clicking back to the Mayflower and beyond. I came to realize that unless I verified the information, I couldn’t have any confidence in it and that took the fun away. So last year, I started getting more serious about it. I document everything and don’t enter an ancestor into my software until I have at least one source confirming him or her.”
Janine’s Thoughts on Blogging
“I’m a professional organizer (I help people get organized in their homes) and for about five years I’ve been wanting to figure out a way to work genealogy into my business. I saw a need for help with organizing genealogy information and this seemed like a perfect blending of my interests. A good first step seemed to be starting this blog. It’s helped me focus on doing research and it’s put me in touch with cousins, which has been such a gift!”
Janine’s Favorite Blog Posts
“I’m torn between two types: Ones about organizing and ones about my own research. So I’ll include links for a pair in each of those categories.
Janine’s Tips For New Genealogy Bloggers
“If you start a blog stick with it. I think it’s really important to post with a certain amount of regularity in order to establish any kind of credibility. (I’ve been blogging regularly on my business’s website for six years now.) GeneaBloggers is a great resource if you need ideas for blog posts.”
How Genealogy Has Improved Janine’s Life
“For one, it’s put me in touch with my mother’s cousins, who are lovely people. It’s given me fascinating, personal windows into history, which I love. I think it’s just a wonderful way to spend time!”
Janine’s Favorite Ancestor
“I think I have to say it’s my great great grandmother, Hattie Ada Igleheart Adams (1875-1959). She was a modern and adventurous woman. She and her family moved from Iowa to Oregon (or perhaps Washington) shortly after the turn of the century and by the 1930 census she was no longer living with her husband. Instead she was the landlady of a boarding house in the state capital, where she stayed for at least 10 years (probably longer). While being estranged from one’s husband isn’t necessarily admirable, I admire her ability to make it on her own.”
What Janine Loves Most About Genealogy
“I love solving mysteries and making new discoveries. Doing this research makes me feel like a detective!”
Janine’s Time Capsule Message
“Talk to the old people in their family!! Oh, how I wish I would have spent time quizzing my grandparents and really listening to their answers. Instead, I just let my mind wander when they told me stories of their childhood. I wish I had listened!”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Janine’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Janine, 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, recently retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her now seven grandchildren!
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