May I Introduce To You . . . Julie Goucher

Julie Goucher

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Julie Goucher and her blog, Angler’s Rest, described as, “. . . The ramblings & obsessions of a fisherman’s wife ~ a real assortment, snippets of genealogy, books, cross stitching, scrapbooking, collectables, writing, our travels and photographs, web pages and general ramblings.

My husband is the one with the fishing interest. Our house is called Anglers Rest and so it seemed quite natural to give that name to my blog and website. The blog is pretty much a reflection of me, and my interests, although there has consistently been none of my day job and over time some things have fallen by the wayside, but in the main it covers my obsessions, which are genealogy and books.”

About Julie

“I was born in Guildford Surrey England, I am proud of my Surrey heritage and am now transplanted to a coastal town in Devon England.”

How Julie Got Started in Genealogy

“I started researching in the summer of 1986.  As a child, I spent a lot of time with my maternal Grandparents, so it was almost second nature to visit the siblings of my maternal Grandfather. As I got older I continued visiting and I realized as I listened to the conversations that one day those details would be gone unless they were recorded somehow. My Great Aunts I think, were in part bemused at how I chose to spend my time, while being secretly delighted. The more they talked, the more I wrote and questioned and the more they shared. I owe more to my Great Aunts than they probably realized and I treasure the memories I have of the time I spent with them.”

Julie’s Thoughts on Blogging

“The Anglers Rest blog began in 2002. At the start I wasn’t really sure what to include and not sure that I was comfortable with the framework of it. Since then the blog has expanded and shaped and I feel a lot more comfortable with it, in fact on days that I don’t post, it feels quite odd!

Some weeks ago, Jill, who writes at Geniaus posted a gene meme. It was thought provoking and I often play along, it gets the brain working! Whilst I was responding I mentioned the buzz word of collaboration. I submitted my response and then thought a bit more about collaboration within the genealogical and blogging arena.

My suggestion, which I felt would be easy to pull off was Global Genealogy. A blog that would run every day with a historical or genealogical post written by a collaboration of authors from across the globe. Easy right?

The more bloggers we have the fewer posts that individuals will need to write. 365 bloggers means one post a year, 30 bloggers means a post a month. You get the idea?

To me, Global Genealogy is collaboration at its best, it is what we are doing, probably every day thanks to social media.

So if you are interested, drop me an email (juliegoucher@gmail.com) with Global Genealogy in the subject line or comment via my blog or twitter @juliegoucher.”

Julie’s Favorite Blog Post

“Oh, that is a mean question! – I don’t know exactly what my favourite post is, but I will share a post that seems to have attracted a lot of attention, collaboration and enjoyment among the genealogists and family historians that took part. Here is the link – February Photo Collage Festival.

Now this does refer to an event earlier in the year, but I promised to run a mini collage festival in November, so watch this space for the announcement during October.  November was picked to coincide with Remembrance Day, where we could honor not only those military figures in our ancestry that paid the ultimate sacrifice, throughout whatever war,  but also to include those who contributed within the military arena.

If there is sufficient interest we could do another in February. February was picked as it is the shortest month and ties in nicely with the Family History Writing Challenge hosted by the Armchair Genealogist.”

Julie’s Tips for New Bloggers

  • “Just because it is on the internet does not make the information true. If you see a fact, or a blog post or page on a website try and understand how the writer got to that point. Create a paper trail and check for yourself.
  • Keep a research log, and document what you found and where you found it. Include any nil results too.
  • Revisit your early work as you progress. On occasions you can see new information and then establish new leads to follow
  • Share and interact with other genealogical bloggers. The genea-blogging community is one of the friendliest you could be a part of.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Julie’s Life

“To answer this question has to be in two parts. Genealogy and family history has absolutely enriched my understanding of my own roots. I knew very little of my paternal line, and felt like a tree in autumn (fall) that had a few leaves left, but many on the ground surrounding the tree. My Italian ancestry has always been problematic, and so I turned to my maternal line, which whilst much easier to embark upon, I live in, mainly the same country and speak the same language, so the odds were very much in my favour.

Then the internet happened. Suddenly, the playing field was wide open in turns of accessing material online and interacting with other family historians. You can never beat handling and seeing the original documents, but the internet opens up so many opportunities and along the way the friendships are made.”

Julie’s Favorite Ancestor

“Without a doubt, this has to be Esther Bellasis nee King. Esther is not a direct ancestor of mine, but she led such a brief and fascinating life.

Esther, like nearly all her sisters spent time in India. They were each dispatched to find a husband. All of them did and they lead fascinating lives and travelled so much in a time when we thing our ancestors all stayed at home!

Esther married a man employed by the Honorable East India Company, who protected the honor of one of his sister in laws, and killed a man in a duel. He was sentenced to 14 years in Botany Bay and sailed with his wife from India in 1801. He was eventually pardoned and restored to his previous role, but Esther clearly filled her time in Botany Bay by painting and left one behind in Australia.

It is believed to be one of the earliest pieces of work by a woman. I am immensely proud of Esther and all she overcame. She died in Berkshire England in 1805 and her husband returned to India where he married his sister in law who was also a widow. Esther and her siblings are the subject of a book I am in the midst of writing.”

What Julie Loves Most About Genealogy

“It defines who we are, the generations that came before us and maybe the generations we will leave behind. I love the interaction with other genealogists, many of whom meeting would not have been possible without social media.

As a history graduate, I love being able to timeline my ancestors to events, it helps to see their communities and lives and perhaps understand what shaped them as individuals and then to see if that has passed along through the generations.”

Julie’s Time Capsule Message

“Now, I am going to give a very shameless plug to something that I have developed and written called The Book of Me, Written by You. You can read the details here, The Book of Me, Written by You.

It is an opportunity to record details of your life for future generations. Each week the prompts are shared on both my blog Angler’s Rest and on Geneabloggers. There is a very active Facebook page, and I have been truly overwhelmed at the reception this series had received and the activity of the Facebook page.

Image all those little things you wish you knew about your Great, Great Grandmother. Perhaps the trivial issues of her life. Did she read, sew? Did she like hot weather or cold? Did she wish her life had been different? The book of me will enable your future generations to have those answers of your life. In essence, your descendants will only have the details of you that you leave behind.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Julie’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Julie, 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, retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her 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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