May I Introduce To You . . . Lacey Frazier

Lacey Frazier

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Lacey Frazier and her blog, Branches and Twigs, described as, “. . . Branches and Twigs is a family history blog on my maternal line.”

About Lacey

“I come from a long line (at least 200 years) of Missourians. I grew up about 15 miles south of Springfield. I now live 35 miles east of Kansas City. I live in a three generation household. I live with my mother, older sister, and two nephews. I was born with a disability called Spina bifida. I’m completely paralyzed from the waist down. Living with allows me to be a constant part of my nephews’ lives. They are 9 yrs and 7 mos. We also have several (spoiled and well-cared for) dogs who range from 9 ½ lbs to 75 lbs so the house is always active! That’s another thing that I love, I wouldn’t want to live alone.”

How Lacey Got Started in Genealogy

Lacey has been doing genealogy for about 10 years now, “. . . Actively? About 10 years. On occasion? Since I was 10 years old (21 years).

On one of my grandma’s visits, she saw me with my Social Studies book and asked me what we were learning about. It just so happened that we were studying the Civil War. After a conversation about Civil War veterans she told me that her great-grandfather had been a Civil War veteran. I wanted to learn everything that I could about him so I would read just about anything I could get my hands on that discussed the Civil War. It didn’t help me find much, then, but it has helped me now with the several Civil War veterans and other war veterans in my family tree.”

Lacey’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I started Branches and Twigs on 12/28/13 and to fulfill a goal that I had for 2013. I started it as Potter Family: Branches & Twigs but within a few days changed it to Branches and Twigs. Potter is my maternal grandfather’s mother’s maiden name and two years ago I connected with several cousins on that side. I decided that I wanted to be able to discuss all of my maternal side so I changed the name to reflect that.”

Lacey’s Tips for New Bloggers

“Read other blogs and don’t worry about how well you can write. It will evolve over time if you are consistent. I’m fairly new and I’m still learning my ‘voice.’”

Lacey’s Favorite Blog Posts

“I don’t have many posts yet but my favorite so far has been Written in Stone. It’s the story of how my mom and her siblings surprised Grandma with a headstone for the graves of her sister and brothers who were either stillborn or died shortly after birth.”

Lacey’s Time with the Ancestors

“In my leisure time? About ten or so hours a week.”

Lacey’s Favorite Ancestors

“I’m partial to my mother’s maternal grandmother, Eunice Velma (Hall) Stapp who died when her only surviving child was 10 years old. I wonder what my grandmother’s life would have been like had her mother gotten to raise her into adulthood. I wonder how my life would have been different had she lived. She’s so close, yet so far away.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Lacey’s Life

“I have a job that sometimes requires locating birth, marriage, and death records so knowing where to look for them is important. It’s also important to have had previous experience with the records so I know what I’ll be able to find online or if I’ll have to call and find a paper copy.”

What Lacey Loves Most About Genealogy

“The surprises are the thing I love most about doing genealogy/family history. In one week I discovered two deaths from being hit by a train. There was even a pretty detailed news article describing the injuries of one of the men.”

Lacey’s Time Capsule Message

“Be a participant in your own life. Don’t just watch it go by.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Lacey’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Lacey, it’s great to have you here!

© 2014, 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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