May I Introduce To You . . . Liz Stratton

Liz Stratton

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Liz Stratton and her blog, Attics and Old Lace, described as, “ . . . Attics and Old Lace is a record of my journey of discovery as I archive boxes of memorabilia. I wanted to share the thrill of discovery with family that lives too distant to be part of the process and share the family photos and stories with any who are interested. From evaluating digital imaging processes and software to learning how to properly preserve and archive, it promises to be a great learning experience.”

How Liz Got Started in Genealogy

Liz has been doing genealogy for about 21 years now, “ . . . Somewhat ironically, I began doing genealogy as a gift to my husband who wanted to preserve the history of his family. He had notes scattered here and there from interviews, etc., but there was no organization. I gave him Family Tree Maker software and a commitment to enter in the information he had collected as a Christmas present. Within months, I was hooked! That began a long tradition of Saturday mornings spent at the Library, hours of scanning internet sites and many interviews with family near and far for further family details.”

Liz’s Family and Her Blog

Liz has been surprised by how much her family enjoys her blog; “They have shared the blog with their family and friends and are the first to read any new post. A couple of family members have subscribed to the RSS feed but none are Blogger ‘follower’s.’ Primarily they depend on me to let them know when a new post has been made.”

How Liz Follows the Rest of Us

Liz uses FeedDemon to read blogs via an RSS feed. “FeedDemon integrates with Google Reader so that any blog I add to Google Reader is automatically added to FeedDemon. I also read blogs on my iPhone. Since both FeedDemon and my iPhone app sync with Google Reader, my feed readers are always current regardless of the platform.

How many blogs does Liz follow on a typical day? “It is impossible for me to say how many blogs I follow on a typical day. I import them all into my FeedDemon and read those that strike my fancy. I do make a point of reading all the Sepia Saturday posts each week and any that might help me with my project or genealogy in general. Several hundred items are imported in to the feed reader each week.”

Liz’s Thoughts on Blogging

When Liz first started, “I really didn’t expect anyone to read my blog so I was reluctant to start one. I ultimately decided that it didn’t matter if anyone read the blog, as it was a journal of discovery. I have been happily surprised – not only are the readers, bloggers provide encouragement! My horizons have been expanded by reading others’ blogs – I am now actively looking for postcards, archived photographs, etc. to supplement the memorabilia I already have. I now see all images in a totally different way.

Attics and Old Lace was inspired by a Genealogy Guys podcast. Drew Smith had just received a couple of boxes of memorabilia. As items were pulled from the box, some inspired further analysis – a clue, a new research avenue, a question . . . The program was intriguing and inspiring. I wanted to share that sense of wonder with family as I explored our boxes. Inspiration to use a blog came from Kathy Reed. She is fanatical about blogging and soon convinced me that a blog would be a perfect way to share the experience.”

Liz’s blog title came about when the most recent set of memorabilia came from an attic, “Not your typical attic but a very welcoming one. At least, welcoming once you get used to the skeleton. I recalled my first venture into the attic and seeing all the boxes of handmade lace and quilts. It was a magical place. Since many of the items being archived were from that attic, the title just came to me, Attics and Old Lace.”

What Liz Loves Most About Genealogy

“Genealogy makes history come alive. It is at the local, family and personal level where we see the impact of historical events. Broad overviews rarely capture the detail that makes you feel you have been transported back in time. Family history can bring you into the moment providing a deeper understanding of not just history but also human nature.”

Liz’s Time Capsule Message

“The one message I would like to share with future generations was best said by Amos Otis in 1861 and included in the introduction of Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families, ‘I would make a note to those who do take an interest in these articles to cut them out and paste them into a scrap book leaving on each page a wide margin for corrections, additions and notes. To those who take less interest in the matter, I would suggest that they cut out the article in relation to their own families and paste at least the genealogical portion, on the fly leaf of family bibles: – their grand-children may take an interest in the subject if they do not.’ The medium [blogs] and the method employed to save the blog posts may be different today but the sentiment remains the same.”

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Please take a moment to visit Liz’s blog. Leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by. Welcome Liz, it’s great to have you here!

© 2011, 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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