May I Introduce To You . . . Jennifer Woods

Climbing My Family Tree

Today, I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Jennifer Woods and her blog, Climbing My Family Tree, described as, “ . . . I blog about my genealogical journey – brick walls, great finds, favorite pictures, genea-trips, and things I’ve learned.”

How Jennifer Got Started in Genealogy

Jennifer is originally from Harstine Island, Washington and currently resides in Texas, “My husband is in the Army, so we have called many places our home over the years.”

Jennifer recently left the Air Force and is adjusting to being a mom and homemaker; “I started doing genealogy soon after my first daughter was born. I was looking for something to do during the day (other than change diapers!) and I happened upon a copy of Family Tree Maker and was hooked immediately. I’ve been addicted ever since. There have been lulls in my genealogical journey (I’ve had four more kids since then) but I’ve kept up with it pretty consistently over the years.”

Jennifer’s Family and Her Blog

“I don’t know that anyone in my family is actually a ‘blog reader.’ My mom is technologically challenged (sorry Mom, but it’s true!) and I think that most of my family members only read when I send them a link to a specific post. I could be wrong though. Maybe some of them are lurking and I just don’t know it!”

How Jennifer Follows the Rest of Us

Jennifer prefers to use Google Reader to read her favorite blogs, “I like that I can categorize them, because I read blogs on a variety of topics – genealogy, home schooling, photography, etc. and it’s easier for me to keep them separated. I don’t receive any posts via email, because I can barely wade through my email as it is!”

Jennifer has about 400 blogs in her Google Reader right now. There are about 20 or so that she may read on a daily basis and the rest she checks about once a week.

Jennifer’s Thoughts on Blogging

Jennifer created a genealogy blog out of wanting a way to share her passion for genealogy and also to get her pictures and information out there to share with people who are interested, “I’ve always thought of myself as climbing from branch to branch along my family tree, so I chose the name ‘Climbing My Family Tree.’”

Jennifer’s main blogging concern was, “That no one would want to read my blog. I hesitated a little, because I wasn’t sure that I would have the time to consistently write. I didn’t want to start something that I wasn’t going to follow through with. Sometimes I am short on time, but I don’t ever feel like blogging is a chore.”

What Jennifer Loves Most About Genealogy

“Oh, that’s a hard one. I love being a genealogy detective – solving little mysteries that always lead to more. I also love being able to place my ancestors into the bigger historical picture.”

Jennifer’s Time Capsule Message

“Label your pictures!!”

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

© 2011, 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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