May I Introduce To You . . . Tonya Keitt Kalule

Tonya Keitt Kalule

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Tonya Keitt Kalule and her blog, Family Affair, described as, “. . . This blog merely documents my journey in researching my family’s history. How I find this information, the people I find and/or connect to in my research, and what ways I utilize to do so.”

How Tonya Got Started in Genealogy

Tonya is from Savannah, Georgia. She started researching her family history in 1998 by visiting the local Historical Society inSavannah,Georgia. “Of course prior to that day, I asked many of my elder’s lots of questions while taking notes and keeping everything organized so that I will have somewhere to start in my physical research.

My daughter was 12 years old and her father was not in her life. I had heard many times that you can’t know where you are going if you don’t know where you came from. So I wanted to give that to my daughter, I wanted her to know more about who she was, what sort of people that she descended from, and how her elders made mistakes in life and they still survived and loved and forgave. I wanted her to know the human story, and I knew in order to give her that, I had to find it for myself.”

Tonya’s Family and Her Blog

“Many of them love it, and there are those that are indifferent to it. I have gotten a great deal of ‘thanks for all that you do,’ ‘I didn’t know that’ and those that want me to know their story. I have also gotten a great deal of excitement from those that are not family. Friends often tell me that they really enjoy reading it all, and how engaging it is.”

Tonya does have family and friends following her blog, “I also have those that depend on me to email them or call them, but I have stopped doing that. Instead, I have started to send out a monthly email newsletter.”

Tonya’s Thoughts on Blogging

One of Tonya’s biggest concerns to blogging was of the unknown and just not knowing how it all worked, “I kept a journal from the time I was about 14 years old, so I was quite used to writing. I started blogging because I really wanted to find my voice, and Family Affair was not my first blog.

This blog was created to keep my family informed of all the discoveries that I made while researching my family’s history. I tell them how I find the information and how I make connections when they are not obvious.”

Tonya’s blog title, Family Affair, “is merely all the affairs, the goings on in a family.”

How Tonya Follows the Rest of Us

“Sometimes I will read these blogs on the computer, and those that I really like I will subscribe to through Google Reader so that I can read them in my eReader. I have not received posts via email as of yet. I have asked another family member if they would like to write and/or contribute to the blog, but they felt they were too busy for that commitment. I am looking forward to that time when I do receive my first guest post.

Most of the blogs that I follow are not updated daily, nor do I try to keep up with anything on a daily basis. However, when I get email updates I save them to a folder and read them later if they are not already on my eReader.”

What Tonya Loves Most About Genealogy

“I am fascinated with putting all of the pieces together and watching the story of someone’s life unfold. I have always been fascinated by another’s story, the story of their lives, their culture, discovering the differences and similarities as they relate to me and those that I know.

The other thing is discovering new family members that may have lived so close in proximity, but we did not know each other, or that we were related. This has even happened with sibling’s children.”

Tonya’s Time Capsule Message

“I would tell them to explore their past, know their roots, and to forgive all that they may find.”

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Please take a moment to head on over to Tonya’s blog. Leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by. Welcome Tonya, it’s great to have you here!

© 2011, 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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