I have the pleasure of introducing you to Patricia (Dever) Greber and her blog, My Genealogy Life, described as, “. . . I don’t have any hard set rules when I blog, I have joined the #52 Ancestor challenge that Amy Crow started, but I am behind because I was working on Elizabeth Norton’s autograph book post and that took some time!”
A Little About Patricia
“I was born in Montreal, Quebec but moved west when I was 7 and have called Alberta home for the last 35 years. I now live in Grande Prairie, Alberta. I married young and when we were calving cows in the harsh Alberta winters I needed something to occupy myself. It was genealogy! I started collecting everything I could about my family. I took courses at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. I joined the local genealogy society and they were a great support group! I have traveled as much as was possible visiting cemeteries and many hours in libraries looking at microfilm. I am thankful now that things are more accessible on-line. Just 2 days ago I decided to do a search for a relative who moved west from Ontario and I could not track her down. I searched Ancestry and low and behold via Find-a-Grave I found her headstone and now I am on the hunt for her obituary. All from my home. This definitely was not an option when I started!”
How Patricia Got Started in Genealogy
“I started as a young mother who lived out in the country on a cattle ranch. The internet was pretty new and there was not a lot of genealogy on it. I would go to town when I could get a sitter and scroll through microfilm at the local library and Family History Library that was about 16 years ago now.
I think I have always been interested, I took my first genealogy course in grade 7 as it was offered as an option for a year or two at my school. I think the saying – I was born this way is exactly how I feel about my genealogy bug. I have fully embraced my genealogy side!”
Patricia’s Thoughts on Blogging
“I first started blogging in 2009 at, I Remember You but I wasn’t regular as I had 2 more children (my older two were 10 & 8 and I have been married for 22 years so yes they are all have the same father!). The reason why I started blogging is 3 things:
1) Simply cousin bait, I think it would be fantastic if someone e-mailed me and said they too connect with my family!
2) It is a great way for me to see what research I have done and what needs to be done.
3) But probably the main reason is to share it. I have spent years gathering this information – for what? To sit in my file cabinet and drawers? Not at all, for me I do genealogy to share it and possibly ignite the passion in someone else!
I hope you enjoy my blog and I look forward to connecting with more genealogist! I love how many of us use the internet to share our genealogy journeys and invite others to follow our genealogy lives!”
Patricia’s Tips for New Bloggers
“Network, reach out to other people researching, the genealogy community is wonderful! Join a society or find friends on-line, it is great to know people who share your interest!”
Patricia’s Favorite Blog Post
“Probably my latest post is my favourite, 52 Ancestors – Elizabeth Norton #11. I love using technology and I try to present my genealogy in a way that may appeal to a wider audience!”
Patricia’s Time with the Ancestors
“Is that measurable? I think I am always researching. It is my mind set when I go about my daily life, it is what I am thinking about when I lay my head down at night, sometimes I have broken through brick walls thinking my genealogy through at the end of the day. Genealogy and research happen daily in my world!”
Patricia’s Favorite Ancestor
“I love them all but . . . my favourite ancestor is William Robert Jordan, he was born 1852 in Quebec City, he was involved in the Fenian Raids as a bugler and later the Northwest Rebellion. William was a soldier all his life and later was an instructor at the Citadel in Quebec City. He married 3 times, had a total of 10 children, with 5 surviving childhood. I still haven’t found him on the 1861, 1871 censuses for Canada, I do not know where in Ireland his father Samuel was born (so there are still unknowns) but having said that – I know so much about his life, I feel like I know him. William died at the age of 85 in Quebec City in 1938.”
How Genealogy Has Improved Patricia’s Life
“It has become a way of life for me. I belong to the Grande Prairie & District Branch of the Alberta Genealogy Society and enjoy meetings. I have been secretary of that group for a year and now have stepped down to take on Editor of the newsletter. But probably the biggest and best thing is because of genealogy I have found an amazing job! While clipping newspapers for the genealogy society’s obit project I saw that the local archives, South Peace Regional Archives, was looking to hire. I haven’t worked outside the home in 20 years but I was determined to throw my hat in the ring! It was a big step – but the biggest surprise was they hired me! I have been working there for almost a year and I feel that this is my dream job! Their website is truly a genealogist dream with all the content they put on-line! It’s pretty amazing with only 3 employees.”
What Patricia Loves Most About Genealogy
“I love the research, looking for clues, I feel like a detective and the amazing feeling when I have found that missing piece!”
Patricia’s Time Capsule Message
“Don’t forget to look back, the people in your past helped you become who you are!”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Patricia’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Patricia, 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.