May I Introduce To You . . . Jim Sanders

Jim Sanders

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Jim Sanders and his blog, Hidden Genealogy Nuggets Blog, described as, “. . . Hidden Genealogy Nuggets is a website dedicated to helping find that unusual or hidden record.”

How Jim Got Started in Genealogy

Jim has been doing genealogy since the latter part of 2003, “. . . My interest stemmed from wanting to learn more about my grandparents.  All of my grandparents either died before I was born or when I was really young.

My most precious item I have about our family history came about due to my genealogical research.  I had left some messages about research I was doing on some genealogy forums.  Out of the blue I was contacted by someone who was looking to reunite a 19th century family photo album with a direct descendent.  I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  Never in my wildest dreams had I thought that something like that would happen to me.  After a few emails it was clear that I was indeed a direct descendent.  I now have this photo album in my possession.   It has more than 50 photos including many tin types, carte-de-visite, cabinet cards and more.  I’m still trying to identify many of the people in the photo album.”

Jim’s Thoughts on Creating a Genealogy Blog

“I started my blog as a way of documenting some of my genealogy findings.  I also wanted to highlight unusual records others may be able to find and utilize in their own genealogy.”

Jim’s Favorite Blog Post

“It’s really hard to pick just one blog post.  I have blogged more than 100 posts.  I guess my favorite might be, Old Photo Identification.  I acquired a 19th century photo album which contained more than 50 photographs from my family.  Only a couple of photos were marked and I’ve been trying to identify them.”

Jim’s Tips for New Genealogy Blogs

“Reading various genealogy blogs can give you ideas for your own blogs.  You will also want to blog regularly.  Geneabloggers has various daily prompts which can help new bloggers with thinking of content.  There are many prompts where you don’t really have to write a whole lot such as Wordless Wednesday and Funeral Card Friday.”

How Genealogy Improved Jim’s Life

“It’s a great hobby and helps pass on our family history to my children.”

Jim’s Favorite Ancestors

“With so many ancestors this is hard.  I have a black sheep ancestor Patrick Fraher I’ve been doing a lot of research on recently.  However, may favorite I think would be John Douglas Laurie.  John was a born in Scotland but immigrated to the United States.  He joined the civil war.  Unfortunately, he was wounded and left on the battlefield in a battle on Darbytown Rd on Oct 13, 1864.  He was captured and made a prisoner of war.  A few days later he was paroled and died less than a month after being wounded in battle.”

What Jim Loves Most About Genealogy

“I love the challenge to solve a mystery or brick wall.”

Jim’s Time Capsule Message

“I would love a leave them my genealogical research in my time capsule.  A saying I might pass one might be something like this.  ‘Life is not about what you have or acquire.  It’s about your family and friends and how you pass on your love for them.’”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Jim’s blog. Leave him a comment letting him know you stopped by. Welcome Jim, 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!

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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