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May I Introduce To You . . . Kathryn Lake Hogan

I have the pleasure of introducing you to, Kathryn Lake Hogan and her blog, LOOKING4ANCESTORS, described as, “. . . Topics include Canadian and English genealogy, plus tips on how to do family history.”

How Kathryn Got Started in Genealogy 

Kathryn has been doing her genealogy for 14 years now. “I started researching my family history when I was working with Girl Guides of Canada. The girls were required to complete a heritage element for a badge. The other leader and I decided to have the girls trace their family trees. But first, we had to research our own families in order to teach the girls. That was when I got hooked. Fourteen years later, the other leader and I are good friends, and we both love family history.”

Kathryn’s Thoughts on Creating a Blog

“I started LOOKING4ANCESTORS in 2008 to share information about my own family history. It has evolved over the past four years into my professional blog where I talk about Canadian and English family history, plus the ‘how-to’s’ of doing genealogy. My own family history is now blogged about on my four other blogs The Lake Family of Lincolshire , Our Ryckman Roots, George Family Gleanings, and Walsall Ways.” 

Kathryn’s Tips for New Genealogy Bloggers

Learn how to cite your sources and then do it. It may be tedious, but it will save you SO much trouble in the long run.” 

Kathryn’s Favorite Ancestor

“My favourite ancestor tends to change depending on which line of my family I’m working on. Currently, my favourite is my great-grandmother,Fanny Crawford Lake. Born in Boston,Lincolnshire,England, Fanny had a hard life. Her mother died when she was 12 years old. At age 18, Fanny had borne two children out of wedlock and was living in the workhouse. Fanny was tough and she knew how to survive. She went on to marry Herbert Lake, and have another eleven children. Unfortunately, Fanny was a miserable person. According to family members, she was never satisfied, never home, and always fancied the men.

Through my research I have discovered events in Fanny’s life that may explain why she was not a happy person. I think when her mum died, Fanny was terribly hurt. However, it was Victorian England and you were expected to have a stiff upper lip. I think Fanny covered up the hurt by pushing others away. I sometimes wonder had her mum lived if Fanny’s life would have been different.”

How Genealogy Improved Kathryn’s Life

Through researching my family history, I have come to understand why my family is the way it is, and in some ways, why I am the way I am. Genealogy has provided me not only with a hobby but a passion in life. I have met some great new people through genealogy: friends, cousins, and colleagues.”

What Kathryn Loves Most About Genealogy

I love that family history research is like trying to solve a mystery. There’s always that challenge of figuring out how a piece of information fits into your family. It’s exciting. I’m constantly learning something new.”

Kathryn’s Time Capsule Message

Trace your family tree and share it with others.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Kathryn’s blog(s). Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Kathryn, 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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