I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Kathy Morales and her blog, Abbie and Eveline, described as, “. . . This is my attempt to collect, share and preserve our family stories – some of which I missed hearing and telling around my grandmothers’ dinner tables. I am also hopeful that I might meet some new ‘cousins’ and that we can share and learn from each other. And let’s be honest, sometimes I’ll just write about whatever I feel like!” Kathy was born in Iowa and resides in Texas.
How Kathy Got Started in Genealogy
“I can’t really remember when I started, but I’ve dabbled for a number of years. I took an interest during a visit to my mom’s house when she pulled out a couple of old suitcases filled with old photographs and papers. I ‘borrowed’ a suitcase full and took them home to go through. I filled a large notebook with pictures and papers in protective pages and did my best to put them in chronological order. I would put it all away for a while and then go back and try to piece things together again. That was the first hook. The second hook happened when I did an internet search for my grandfather’s side of the family (that no one seemed to know much about) and found a website with information about MY ANCESTORS! And there were transcribed letters from my gggrandfather and his mother in the 1850s! That sealed the deal.”
Kathy’s Thoughts on Blogging
“I started blogging in April 2012. Why?
- I can be very unorganized and I thought it might help me get all my genealogy stuff organized. From the looks of my dining room table, that isn’t happening.
- I hoped to involve other family members. I thought if I shared pictures and stories in this format, maybe I could get some others in the family to join the conversation and add theirs. This isn’t happening as much as I had hoped, but I’ll keep trying!
- It was a way to ‘pay back’ or ‘pay forward.’ The website I found with the letters meant so much to me. Perhaps someone will stumble onto my blog and find what they are looking for. Also it’s penance for the indiscretions of my youth – not answering queries from family genealogists that came in the mail.
- And related to that last comment – my kids (and nieces and nephews) aren’t all that interested now, but maybe they will be later. I want to get down what I can while I am still around and still remember. A lot of my blog posts are about recent generations – people I remember or people the generation older than me still remembers. The long dead are long dead and their stories are told mostly through records, but the living have personal stories to tell about the family they knew who are no longer with us and that’s my priority. It gives me some focus to ask the living for their stories. I also include stories about my little family that I don’t want to forget.
- My parents divorced when I was very young and it never felt comfortable to talk about one side of my family with the other. In my blog, my family is whole – direct-line, steps, half’s, in-laws. My family. Many stories. One big melting pot.
- Of course there is the ‘finding cousins’ aspect. And I’m happy to say I have found one or two.”
Kathy’s Favorite Blog Post
“That’s a hard one. I’m tempted to say a couple of my first posts because no one ever read them.
Maybe one of these:
- Charles’ and Abbie’s Place
- Letters from the H.M.S. Birmingham
- Sports You Won’t See in the Olympics
- Why did the Pigeon-toed Girl Cross the Board?”
Kathy’s Tips for New Genealogy Bloggers
“Using some of the GeneaBloggers daily prompts and Sepia Saturday prompts has helped me find a focus when I’m not sure what to write. And I think it is important to speak in your own voice – something I’m still working on.”
How Genealogy Has Improved Kathy’s Life
“My blog has reconnected me with someone missing from my life for 50 years. That’s pretty amazing.”
Kathy’s Favorite Ancestor
“Well, I named by blog after my grandmothers, Abbie Webber Smith Brender and Eveline Coates Hoskins. They aren’t ‘old’ ancestors, but they are certainly my favorites.”
What Kathy Loves Most About Genealogy
“I love putting pieces together, solving puzzles, getting to know my ancestors in the best way I can, finding their stories.”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Kathy’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Kathy, 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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