I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Robin Inge of the Where I Come From blog. “Exploring my past to find out where I come from, where I have been and where I am going. I wanted to leave something behind for my children so they would know where their roots and heritage came from so they may pass it on.”
Robin hails from Texas and has actively been researching her family history for the past four years, but off and on for about the last 10 years.
Growing up with an older generation sparked Robin’s desire to learn more about her family and its history. Her great-grandparents had an old photo of her great-grandfather hanging in the living room since as far back as she could remember. Robin was always fascinated with that photo and wondered who was in it, when was it taken, and the clothing that the babies had on at the time. Robin recalls always asking questions about the photo, “I now own the photo, which is now 109 years old.”
One of the things that Robin loves most about genealogy is finding the stories and doing the research about ancestors that she never knew. She likes being able to put bits and pieces together and the great feeling you get when you get to knock down those brick walls. Robin loves knowing how her ancestors lived, where they lived, and what they did to survive.
Being able to find this information and learn the stories, helps ground Robin’s feet to a place and knowing where her roots are; it helps her to define who she is so that she may continue the stories for future generations to come.
Robin’s Family and Her Blog
Many in Robin’s family love her blog. Her youngest son has become interested in the information and stories. At times, he will even go out and help Robin find information while she is trying to break down a brick wall. “He has become my little Graveyard Rabbit when I am searching for dates or places for lost family members.” Sometimes the cemetery is the only place Robin feels she may be able to locate information, so Robin’s son is always asking questions and searching, “just like I did and still do!”
Robin does have a sister and several cousins that follow her blog. Through research and blogging, Robin has found several cousins and has made many dear friends that follow her regularly. Robin has many followers that have helped her through her struggles and to help break down her brick walls when she is stuck. “The friendship circle in the genealogy blogging world is like no other I have ever found.”
Robin’s Time Capsule Message
If she could leave a message for her descendants to find 100 years from now through her blog, what advice would Robin leave for them and would tell the story of who she was?
Robin says she would like her descendants to document important stories and facts so that others’ will know about them and their life. “I would also like them to know that our family was strong and even though they struggled at times to survive, they were hard working farmers and that God was always the center of our homes and that our family always stuck together no matter what.” Robin’s family traveled thousands of miles across oceans and continents and from other countries to America, to find adventures and create homes for their families. “Love and faith has always bound us together.”
How Robin Follows the Rest of Us
For most of the blogs that Robin follows she uses Google Reader to stay current. She also follows a great deal of blogs through Facebook. Robin does continue to receive a few through her email: “those are the ones that I first started following and quickly realized I had to find a better way of keeping up.”
Robin has about 12 blogs she keeps up with on a daily basis and another 30 to 40 on a weekly basis. Robin likes to spend Saturday and Sunday mornings catching up on the “happenings and going on” with her morning coffee and enjoy the quiet time before the house wakes up. “It’s my quiet time!”
Robin’s Thoughts on Blogging
At first, Robin felt she lacked the confidence to blog. She had a concern that she couldn’t measure up to the other bloggers she had discovered and that there wouldn’t be anyone interested. Robin was concerned that her efforts would go un-noticed. Robin loves to blog and feels it’s a great way to get your family history out there.
Robin would like to get the message out for anyone who happens across our stories, to take the time to create your own story to share with your children and relatives. She recommends asking questions at the next family reunion, birthday party, and get together. Try and visit an older relative and talk to them for a while, dive in and start asking questions.
“The Native Americans would leave stories through paintings and carvings on cave walls for us to find. We need to write down the stories for future generations. Our legacy is fading and without recorded information, the future generations will never know who we are, or how they got to where they are. Arts such as canning, hooking up a wagon team to go to town, gardening, farming, plowing before machinery and computers will become ghosts. No one does it and no one is interested in knowing how it’s done, so the old ways are fading. Don’t let the small things that have shaped our families and our land, fade.”
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Take a moment to head on over to Robin’s blog; leave her a message letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Robin, it’s great to have you here!
© 2010, 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!
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