I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Tina Lyons and her blog, Gen Wish List, described as, “. . . The Gen Wish List blog is where you will find all the adventures of a 20-something genealogist. (For just a little while longer.) I write about everything from my family history records to cemetery hopping to crazy genealogy conferences to libraries to brick walls and much more. I’m here to prove that genealogy is fun and addicting for people of all ages, not just retired grandmas.”
How Tina Got Started in Genealogy
“I had been working as a substitute teacher since I graduated college. That means that I have summers off and my husband was jealous. So every year I tried to find a project to keep me busy. In the summer of 2007, I decided to convert my family’s home movies to DVD. In the spring of 2008, I was considering what project I would like to undertake for the summer. I must have had my family on my brain after watching all those movies and decided to check out Ancestry.com. After finding my two grandmothers in the 1930 census, I was hooked. I didn’t even wait until the summer to start my genealogy research.”
Tina’s Family and Her Blog
“My blog feed is automatically posted to my Facebook wall. So, any of my family members who are my Facebook friends can see it without much effort. Sometimes my dad, aunt or cousins will comment on a post about the family.”
Tina’s Thoughts on Blogging
“When I started my genealogy research, I went on a hunt for online genealogy learning opportunities. I found genealogy blogs and podcasts right away. I saw the potential of finding cousins and sharing my own research finds and started a blog soon after starting my research.
My first genealogy blog was called ‘Family Discoveries’ and it was just focused on my family history research. As I got more involved in the genealogy community and used more resources, I wanted to blog about my experiences and opinions and not just my research. I decided that ‘Gen Wish List’ was a good fit for what I wanted. It allows me to write about what I want in the genealogy world as well as my own search.
I also write about my husband’s family at ‘Mr. Gen Wish List.’ This was an easy decision since it’s what everyone called my husband on Twitter during FGS 2010.”
Tina’s greatest blogging concern was if anyone would read her blog, “But after finding many new cousins and tons of genealogy friends through my blog, I now realize that I had nothing to fear.”
How Tina Follows the Rest of Us
Tina currently subscribes to over 200 genealogy blogs in Google Reader, “That doesn’t include the ones that I pick up through social media. I also depend on weekly blog roundups, like the one from Randy Seaver, to show me what I have missed.”
What Tina Loves Most About Genealogy
“I love finding the stories about my ancestors. I’m currently trying to slow myself down and find more details about my ancestors’ lives instead of just the dates and places. I am also working on turning my research into small books for my family in order to share the stories with them.”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Tina’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Tina, it’s great to have you here!
© 2012, 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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