I have the great pleasure to introduce you to Susan Mosey and her blog, Pages from the Ancestry Binders, described as, “. . . Mostly stories I’ve discovered in the families I’ve researched, mixed with musings on other genealogy topics.”
How Susan Got Started in Genealogy
Susan has been doing genealogy for about twenty years as a hobby and for paying clients since 2011.
“I started getting serious about genealogy in my late thirties, when my father died. By then, all four of my grandparents were gone as well, and I realized that if somebody didn’t start preserving our family history, it was going to be lost.”
Susan’s Thoughts on Blogging
“After I started doing genealogy for paying clients, my sister (who is also my ‘marketing manager’) thought I should start a blog, as a companion to my website. I soon discovered that I love to write, so blogging has become one of my favorite things.”
Susan’s Favorite Blog Post(s)
“Have mercy—it’s like choosing among one’s children! I think my favorite post is always ‘the next one.’ But since I have to choose one, I’ll say ‘For the Love of Norman,’ which is about my father-in-law.”
Susan’s Tips for New Bloggers
“I think that sometimes ‘less is more.’ My eyes usually glaze over if a post is more than five or six hundred words. If you haven’t struck oil in 600 words, stop drilling! On the other hand, I’m a bit A.D.D. so perhaps I’m not typical… And some types of how-to posts, for example, really can’t be done like that.”
How Genealogy Has Improved Susan’s Life
“Certainly the people I’ve met—long lost relatives, fellow genealogists, clients… Also, as I stare old age in the face and try not to blink, I am hoping that the mental challenges of genealogical research keep me sharp (and give me something to talk about besides my aches and pains)!”
Susan’s Favorite Ancestors
“It’s a tie. On the positive side of things, my great-grandpa Charles Peterson. He came from Sweden as a young man, and it seems like all eight of his children have stories that are turning themselves into blogs—some inspiring, some tragic, but all interesting (to me anyway). On the other side of the coin, my great-grandpa Charles Anderson, another Swede, but this one abandoned his family, drank himself into a stupor, and drowned in the same canal on which he made his living as a boatman.”
What Susan Loves Most About Genealogy
“I love starting a brand-new project for a client or friend—it’s a blank piece of paper, waiting to be filled with names, dates, and hopefully, stories. It’s a road not yet traveled, full of possibilities and surprises around the next turn. It’s a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle, but I don’t have the finished picture on the cover of the box to work from!”
Susan’s Time Capsule Message
“Don’t wait until you lose a parent to realize that once your parents (or grandparents) are gone, most of their stories are also gone, never to be recovered.”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Susan’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Susan, 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!
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