I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Terri Buster of the Southwest Arkie blog, where Terri shares her family history and so much more.
Terri has been working on her family history for about 34 years now. An encounter with a second cousin, Orb Hosey, who was also a family historian, turned Terri into a “genealogy junkie!” Orb regaled Terri with tales of wagon trains, and facts such as, “your great grandfather Berry Sutton, born 1825, in Tennessee” and “your great-great grandfather, John Sutton who died when the families arrived in 1850”. What started out as a mild interest to Terri, turned into a burning desire before she left his home, she will never forget him.
When Terri first started blogging, she thought it would be strictly a “just the facts, ma’am” genealogy blog. Over the past three months, Terri’s blog has evolved into so much more. Terri originally wanted to focus on her brick walls, but then found herself segued off into the Association of Graveyard Rabbits – cemeteries are a passion for Terri.
If you combine a little DNA, genealogy societies, USGenWeb Project, new software or technology that she would like to try, along with vintage photographs and postcards…Terri’s blog is no longer just a genealogy blog but a combination of “what makes the genealogy, family history, cemetery freak that I am!”
Terri’s Family and Her Blog
Terri’s parents have very little to do with computers. Terri will usually tell her parents about her new finds so they stay up to date on family history matters. Both of Terri’s parents are very proud of the research she has done on ancestors and their family history.
Making Terri laugh, her children look at her and do the “uh-huh” nod whenever Terri talks about family history, “they are just not interested!” Terri’s granddaughter may be next in line. She shares and talks about Terri’s web pages at school. Terri feels she may have “won” her over and hopes to pass her research on to her granddaughter.
Terri’s sister is a regular follower thru the Networked Blogs on Facebook. Terri also has a best friend living in Scotland that encourages her often. She also receives positive feedback and encouragement from her local friends and genealogy society members.
How Terri Follows the Rest of Us
Terri uses Google Reader to stay current on her blog reading. In Terri’s own words, “with Google Reader, you really have to keep up with it!” She started out wanting to read every blog she could find…she loves new ideas, software, new methodology, new technology. Terri wants to know more about DNA or what other states or groups are doing to preserve and protect cemeteries, especially endangered ones. Terri wants to keep up and read any information that will bring her genealogy society into the computer age.
Combining her blog with Facebook and Twitter has really given her a wider perspective on what’s out there to learn. Terri uses her email account to receive look-up requests from her USGenWeb counties, Find A Grave, RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness), and local clubs she belongs to. She does not use email for blog reading, Terri feels that would be too much to handle.
Terri has about 10 to 15 absolute must read blogs. After that, if time permits, she will bounce around for an hour or two clicking on blog rolls.
Terri’s Thoughts on Blogging
Several years ago, Terri discovered genealogy blogs while doing research for a genealogy society program. She was intrigued then, but at the time, most genealogy bloggers were professionals. It was only after she discovered GeneaBloggers that she entertained the idea to try blogging for herself. Terri’s best friend in Scotland who had already been blogging for quite some time, encouraged Terri, and she was on her way.
The only concern Terri had was never getting that first post completed and published. She rewrote that post many times. Terri realized that when she just stopped writing and started “talking”, things started to flow and she hasn’t “shut-up” since!
Terri is a Nana to five, a military brat, a former first grade teacher, the vice president of Little River County Genealogy Society, web site manager, and a 10-year USGenWeb county coordinator.
* * *
Please take a moment and head over to Terri’s blog, leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by. It’s great to have you here Terri, welcome.
© 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!
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.