Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Vicki Washuk and her blog, World War II London Blitz Diary 1939-1945, described as, “ . . . Excerpts from my great grandmother’s personal diaries written in England during World War II. These diaries are personal experiences and opinions of her marriage and the war she lived through, often not knowing if her house or family would be the next target of destruction. Ruby was not able to express her opinions or feelings about either the war or her trying marriage except in the confines of her journals. Being able to do so was her saving grace. These are Ruby’s outpourings of her experience during the World War II bombing blitz. Many of the things she says are very personal and would be considered politically incorrect. Some of her opinions will disturb some people. To edit them out would be a disservice to Ruby so her words stand as she wrote them.”
How Vicki Got Started in Genealogy
About two years ago, genealogy became a part of Vicki’s life, while reading her great-grandmother, Ruby’s diaries about her life, marriage and experiences during the World War II London Blitz. Vicki’s great-grandmother captured Vicki’s heart and through her diaries, has allowed Vicki to know Ruby and share her story.
Vicki soon realized that Ruby’s diary and life needed to be told and shared. Vicki compiled and authored her book World War II, London Blitz Diary, A Woman’s Revelations Enduring War and Marriage, Volume I, which is dedicated to her great-grandmother, Ruby, allowing us to peek into her life and times during World War II and the London Blitz.
As a result of Vicki’s blog, her book and being recognized in the Romford Recorder Newspaper, “I have had a descendant of Ruby’s reach out (Ruby’s grandson-son of Artie and his wife) to me and now I am hearing and connecting with Ruby again on a different plane that is so exciting to me. It is as though Ruby were still here. What these people managed is just mind-boggling and should be a lesson for all to read and a reminder of how atrocious war really is.”
Vicki’s Family and Her Blog
Vicki has found that she has many “friends, family and strangers” that follows her blog. For the most part, her family members pretty much “ignores” her blog and has little interest in genealogy.
How Vicki Follows the Rest of Us
Vicki uses Google Reader to stay up to date on her blog reading, “But unfortunately, I don’t get to them everyday so it varies.”
Vicki’s Thoughts on Blogging
Vicki felt comfortable blogging from the get go. Two of her three children are now grown or in college, which gave her more free time to fill – blogging seemed to fit right in.
Vicki’s blog title naturally came about when, “ . . . I decided to just include the World War II years as they are the most interesting.”
What Vicki Loves Most About Genealogy
“I love all the responses and interactions with people I would never have met or had any contact with that have similar interests.”
Vicki’s Time Capsule Message
“Enjoy every day, have fun, be passionate and don’t waste time worrying.”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Vicki’s blog. Leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by. Welcome Vicki, 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!
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