May I Introduce To You . . . Sally Knudsen

Sally Knudsen

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Sally Knudsen and her blog, Sally Searches, described as, “. . . A personal family history blog, documenting ancestors from Illinois and Michigan, and Germany, West Prussia, Ireland, Scotland, and Canada.”

About Sally

“I was born in Joliet, Illinois. I have degrees from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa and Roosevelt University in Chicago. My family has also lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado and outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. My mother’s family is all from Michigan, so when my husband was offered a job there, I couldn’t pack fast enough! We have been back in Illinois for about 12 years. I live ‘an hour from Chicago and a minute from a cornfield.’ I presently work in a law office and occasionally get to create and file probate records. Genealogy helps give me a different perspective on families and the law.”

Sally has been doing genealogy for over 20 years now.

Sally’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I started blogging off and on, but regularly in 2011. I am blessed with a great memory, but after a while all these ancestral facts have to go somewhere! I started in hopes of finding cousin connections. The tips and ideas from GeneaBloggers were a great help for a novice!”

Sally’s Tips for New Bloggers

“My best advice is write what you know. Blog as regularly as possible, even if it’s from your own mental calendar. Connect your posts to whatever social media you are comfortable using.”

Sally’s Favorite Blog Posts

“Searching my maternal grandmother’s West Prussia family from Michigan back to modern-day Poland has been especially gratifying. Yes, their name is Dork!

My favorite post about my own family is, Twenty Crazy Days.”

Sally’s Time with the Ancestors

“Not nearly enough! Darn real life 😉 Honestly, a few hours a week or when my schedule allows. Sometimes I use my research as my reward for completing my chores/errands. It works!”

Sally’s Favorite Ancestor

“The ancestor who was my first mystery, and really the reason I became interested in my family history, is Wright SPENCER. My mother kept a bag ‘hidden’ in the basement when I was young. It held a small leather wallet and several worn scraps of papers, one of which listed Wright Spencer and his birth and death dates. I would sneak into the basement and peek at it often. I knew both my Spencer grandfather and great-grandfather but I became infatuated with who this Wright Spencer could be. A genealogist was born!”

How Genealogy Has Improved Sally’s Life

“Genealogy has improved my self-awareness: learning ‘from whence I’ve come,’ understanding so many social and economic factors that influenced my ancestral family and made me who I am today.”

What Sally’s Loves Most About Genealogy

“My goal is not in the writing. Mostly I do it to challenge myself. I love finding the names, but after I have the names, I love to learn more: what they did, where they lived, information about their lives. It is a very intellectually satisfying quest. And coincidences! Who doesn’t love those!”

Sally’s Time Capsule Message

“Keep and label your photos!”


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