May I Introduce To You . . . Sue Adams

Sue Adams

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Sue Adams and her blog, Family Folklore Blog, described as, “. . . Where I share my family history research, and discuss of genealogy issues and methods.” Sue currently lives in England.

How Sue Got Started in Genealogy

“As a teenager, I listened with fascination to my gran and auntie’s tales but did not start researching until 1997. The trigger was the death of Raymond Coulson, a cousin of my paternal grandmother.  He had never married and believed he had no relatives, but left a tidy sum of money.  The news percolated through the family and my dad took on the task of settling the estate.  The trail leads to Suffolk, near my home.  There was a mystery concerning Raymond’s mother as she was illegitimate.  So, I paid a visit to the local County Records Office in Bury St Edmunds and was hooked.  Contrary to Raymond’s belief, he has many relatives – nearly 70 benefited from his estate.”

Sue’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I started Family Folklore Blog in December 2009.  It was meant to update my Family Folklore website, but seems to have taken over.  Family members kept asking the same questions. I had given them much of the information verbally, but realized that the written word is a much better way of communicating. I wanted to share my family history by telling the stories, adding the historical context and explaining how I came to my conclusions.”

Sue’s Favorite Blog Post

“’Locating Clent manorial landholdings and SLIG,’ posted in October 2011, marks the time when I had just started to develop the topic of mapping manorial land holdings for my master’s degree.  Since then, I have had a good deal of fun and deepened my understanding of the interaction of manorial and cartographic sources going back to around 1600.”

Sue’s Tips for New Bloggers

“Blogging is writing, but don’t let that scare you off.  Write about what interests you and have fun.  Don’t nick stuff without permission.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Sue’s Life

“Researching my family history has given me a sense of belonging.  Learning how to do genealogy continues to be a delight.  Genealogy now opens the door to a new career as a professional genealogist.”

Sue’s Favorite Ancestor

“It is difficult to pick one ancestor, so I’ll tell you about two of my favourites.  The mystery identity of the benefactor of my great-grandmother, Mary Louisa Wilson, is still throwing up new avenues of investigation.  Without finding her ancestry, I would never have ‘met’ my 5 x great grand uncle, William Wilson of Clent, Staffordshire/Worcestershire.  He died a bachelor, so named his many nephews and nieces (including husbands of married women) in his will, made in 1788.    Yes, that will is still my favourite document, but some manorial records come close.”

What Sue Loves Most About Genealogy

“I love following ancestors down rabbit holes that spit you out with an altered view of the world.”

Sue’s Time Capsule Message

“How can you know yourself, if you don’t know where you came from?”

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