May I Introduce To You . . . Kenneth Marks

Kenneth Marks

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Kenneth Marks and his blog, Marksology, described as, “. . . Genealogy research and commentary for my human family this time around – family stories for both sides of my family.”

Kenneth manages three additional blogs:

  • The Ancestor Hunt, described as, “. . . Tricks, techniques, and lessons for ancestor hunters like myself to use to successfully find their ancestors.”
  • Braunhart Mania, described as, “. . . The stories of the ancestry of the Braunhart family.”
  • Genealogy for Beginners (currently on vacation), described as, “. . . The intent of this site is to tell my story of family history research and the nuggets that I have learned along the way.”

How Kenneth Got Started in Genealogy

Kenneth grew up in Oakland,California and currently lives in Arizona. He has been doing his family history for eleven years now, “ . . . Just on a whim for no reason (in 2002), I got a 14 day trial subscription to ancestry.com – didn’t do much at all – and then my Mother passed in 2003, and now having no direct line relatives alive, I got started.”

Kenneth’s Thoughts on Creating a Blog

“I started Marksology in 2009 in order to capture the stories of my ancestors and to share with other family members and relatives their stories, photos, etc.”

Kenneth’s Favorite Blog Posts

“I have three:

1. My most controversial: ‘I Don’t Wanna Be a Genealogist’ How I feel about the state of the industry.

2. The one that is closest to why I do this: ‘Why Do You Hunt for Cousins?’ Why I do this for the living.

3. The one closest to my heart: ‘The Memorable Seventeen’ Why I do this for the dead.”

Kenneth’s Tips for New Genealogy Bloggers

“Talk to your oldest relatives today, not tomorrow, and tell stories, embellished with photos and newspaper articles that add color to your posts. Don’t get too hung up on dates and don’t base your blog posts on dates. It’s boring to most readers.”

How Genealogy Improved Kenneth’s Life

“It has given me a great hobby and a purpose beyond my immediate family to serve others such as my more distant relatives.”

Kenneth’s Favorite Ancestor

“That’s easy. My favorite ancestor is Samuel Braunhart, my great great great Uncle. He came to America at the age of 14 in 1862, built a successful business career and was a politician who got in a lot of trouble because he stood up for his principles and cared about making lives of people better. He served as California State Senator, Assemblyman and San Francisco Supervisor. He was not a big man, but was feisty and outspoken. Those traits were certainly passed down to me.”

What Kenneth Loves Most About Genealogy

“The “hunt” and the stories and sharing this with my relatives – many whom I did not know existed when I started this in 2002.”

Kenneth’s Time Capsule Message

“Connections with people are all that count – politics doesn’t matter; what your occupation is doesn’t matter, and how much money you make and what you buy with it doesn’t matter.”

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

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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