May I Introduce To You . . . Laura Mattingly

Laura Mattingly

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Laura Mattingly and her blog, The Old Trunk in the Attic, described as, “. . . My family history and the research work I’ve done.  My intent is to make this available to my relatives who might be interested either now or in the future.  A blog is a more readable format than a pedigree chart.”

Laura was born in Aurora, raised in Marquette and is now living in Grand Island, Nebraska, “. . . All within about a 30 mile radius.  But I have been able to travel and see other parts of the country.”

How Laura Got Started in Genealogy

“I was collecting names and dates as early as the ’80’s, but got seriously involved in June, 1991.  In my post ‘The Book that got me Hooked,’ I explained how I got started.  The first time of finding that next generation back was just so cool! ”

Laura’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I just started this blog in July.  I had been reading genealogy blogs for quite a while and really enjoyed them.  The idea kept bugging me, but I don’t consider myself a writer.  One night it literally kept me awake, so the next day after work I just had to do it.  The worst thing that could happen would be little or no response to it.”

Laura’s Favorite Blog Post(s)

“My first few were like practice and I hope I’ve improved with each one.  My favorites as of now would be a tie between Rachel vs. Rachel and John McGrath.”

Spending Time with the Ancestors

“I have some evenings and weekends to work on my blog posts, just a few hours a week.”

Laura’s Tips for New Bloggers

“There are no rules (except copyrights), no critics, and no teachers who will grade your work.  Do it your way.  Make sure to submit your blog to GeneaBloggers!  Use the Daily Blogging prompts, they can be quick to create and hopefully help keep your blog fresh in readers’ minds.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Laura’s Life

“For me this has been an exercise in ‘Don’t worry about what other people think.  Put on your Nike’s and JUST DO IT’.  I still wonder what people think, but it’s not stopping me anymore.”

Laura’s Favorite Ancestors

“I mentioned in the post on Rachel McGrath how I feel guilty about it but call Rachel my favorite.  For some reason I have just been drawn to her more.”

What Laura Loves Most About Genealogy

“Finding an answer to a question!  Which always leads to another question!  The mysteries of these people who I never knew but I’m related to are so interesting to me. Learning the things they went through that are what lead to me being here today.

The best part of doing family history research are the connections you make with people.  I post my information online so that I can find others who are researching the same people, most likely we are distantly related.  I want to hear from them.  I have made several connections and I may not know these people very well, but I have come to consider some of them good friends.  So I really hope that if my post appears to be a possible connection to someone, they contact me.

Another theory of mine is that when I haven’t found something for myself in a while, it’s time for me to give something.  I’ve gone through my old obituary copies and if my copy includes an obit for someone else, I post that to message boards or try to find the deceased through Find A Grave and submit the obit to be included – older ones only.  Other documents like photos, land records or newspaper clippings can also be posted online for the right family to find.  Just a little genealogy karma.”

Laura’s Time Capsule Message

“With all the technology today, keep in touch with the family you do know.  Let them know you’re interested in your family history and if they ever decide they are too, you can collaborate on it together.”

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