I have the pleasure of introducing you to Patricia A. Stanard and her blog, My Genealogy Obsession, described as, “. . . Follow me as I take my journey back in time, researching my family history through the US states of MI, MO, CT, TX, AZ, CA, and the country of Mexico.”
How Patricia Got Started in Genealogy
Patricia has been doing genealogy for about 25 years now, “. . . My parents divorced when I was very young. Growing up, I was raised by my mom but saw my dad every Sunday. Although I saw my dad every weekend, we never visited his family. But my dad’s side of the family had an annual family reunion and around 1986, at one of my reunions, my dad re-introduced me to my aunts. As we were walking away from our conversation with my aunts, he asked me if I remembered any of them. I told him that I didn’t. Later that evening, my conversation with my dad got me thinking. It got me thinking that not only did I not know my dad’s family very well, but that I didn’t know a lot about my dad at all. So I started asking my dad questions. Those questions led me on a great journey getting to know my dad and his side of the family better.”
Patricia’s Thoughts on Blogging
“I didn’t start blogging until about 2008 or 2009 and when I had started writing, it was a blog about crafting (one of my many hobbies). In this crafting blog, I had a post or two that dealt with my family’s genealogy. After a short while, my genealogy posts was beginning to overtake my crafting blog, so I decided to separate them about a year after starting the craft blog.”
Patricia’s Favorite Blog Post
“My favorite post was about my Uncle Benny. My Uncle Benny was not only my favorite uncle, but also my padrino or godfather. His wife, my aunt, was my god mother. He passed away when I was 14 and I still miss him so much. Here is the link to my Military Monday post I did on him.”
Patricia’s Tips for New Bloggers
“1. Not everything is on the internet. There is so much genealogy information out there that is not online. You actually have to go out and sometimes ‘dig’ for the information.
2. One genealogist’s organizational system doesn’t work for another. Find your own system and tweak it until it works for you.
Lastly, be open to the possibility of miscommunication of information between you and your family. My dad kept saying that his father worked at Simon’s Brickyard #3 in Montebello, CA. However when I found my grandfather, his wife, and his mom at the ABC Beet Company in Ventura, CA in the 1920 Census, he said that I was wrong. However, what my father didn’t realize was that my grandfather did work at ABC in 1920 but didn’t work at Simon’s until sometime after 1930.”
How Genealogy Has Improved Patricia’s Life
“Genealogy has improved my life by me finding little pieces of me throughout my family tree. I have found several of my traits woven in my family tree and I know now where I get it from.”
Patricia’s Favorite Ancestor
“My favorite ancestor would have to be my paternal grandmother, Vicenta Robles Luna. I learned just how much of a strong woman she was while I was researching my dad’s family.”
What Patricia Loves Most About Genealogy
“Learning new information and every once in a while breaking down that infamous brick wall. “
Patricia’s Time Capsule Message
“It’s not the destination of finding your family history that counts, it’s the journey along the way; learning more about your family, meeting newly found family members, and making new genealogy friends.”
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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!
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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!
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