I have the pleasure of introducing you to Wendy Malinowski and her blog, Our Lineage, described as, “. . . Researching Family History, One Ancestor at a Time.
I write about my ancestors, my research challenges and successes and other things that I have encountered during my quest for ancestors.”
“I was born in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois – at home – my mother woke up to feeling like she might have the flu and ‘Hello!’ Time to have a baby. I was 8 weeks early. I asked her once what labor was like and she asked me if I had ever shot a gun. Oh my. The police came to help deliver me and the family joke is the ambulance guy fainted. I came into the world with a bang!”
How Wendy Got Started in Genealogy
“I started really diving into genealogy 20 years ago. I got interested in genealogy because I am an only child and I felt like I had no family. Was I wrong!”
Wendy’s Thoughts on Blogging
“I decided to create a blog last year, after thinking about it for a long time. I had people stopping to talk to me after my genealogy society meetings. That got me to thinking that I might have something to share that people will find useful, even if only for entertainment purposes!”
Wendy’s Tips for New Bloggers
“Yes! Have a strategy for your blog. What do you want your blog to be about (i.e. what is your theme)? Once you know what you generally want to write about, make a commitment to write at least once a week. An updated blog generates more interest from people as well as search engines. If you slip sometimes (I have lately), it happens, but get right back to it as soon as you can! Oh – and make sure you use tags and at least one photo (Pinterest needs a photo!).”
Wendy’s Favorite Blog Posts
“I have two favorites:
- Charlie, Where Are You? One of my first blog posts, I tell the story of just how I got hooked on genealogy.
- This post was about my grandparents in response to a blogging prompt from the Book of Me idea by Julie Goucher.”
Wendy’s Time with the Ancestors
“My time on research varies, depending upon the problem at hand. There are some items that I will spend an hour or two doing preliminary online research. If I find some documents or possible leads, then I will see if I can go to those source of information, if they are local. If not, I may do additional research on researchers in the area (yes, I said research the researchers) and see if it is worth to go further. I can spend quite a few hours/days on research for a person. I don’t really consider the time – it’s a passion, so it doesn’t feel like a huge amount of time to me.”
Wendy’s Favorite Ancestors
“Favorite ancestors – I have many, but here are a couple:
The niece of my great grandmother – Millicent Price – I call her Millie. I have no idea why, but I have always been drawn to her. When she was 16, she drank carbonic acid and killed herself. There is a monument stone for her in Cotton Cemetery in Braceville, Illinois. One of the first ancestors that I found. I just wish I knew more of her story.
Another is my great grandfather, William Morgan. At 17, he packed up and travelled to America. Hard to imagine. He had lost his father in January and his mother in June, I think he just had enough. His older two brothers were in jail (skeletons, skeletons, skeletons) as well. He must have felt like there was nothing left for him in England and he was suddenly the man of the family. He was a coal miner and somehow manage to survive through several close mining accidents.”
How Genealogy Has Improved Wendy’s Life
“Genealogy has provided me an outlet to meet people, write a blog, etc. I have met some wonderful people. It has also improved my life as I have been able to share all my discoveries with my parents, cousins, etc. I have some family members that are very thankful for all I’ve done for future generations.”
What Wendy Loves Most About Genealogy
“At times, I must admit, it is the thrill of the hunt. Breaking down that brick wall. It is satisfying. A few months back, I did a random search on Ancestry for a man buried in a family plot that I have always wondered about, but never seriously researched (collateral line). Lo and behold, there was a marriage index. I now had a connection between this gentleman and my line. My husband came running into the living room that night as I was yelling ‘You can run, but you can’t hide!!!!!!!!!!!!.’ He thought I was in distress because I was yelling, only to discover it was ‘only genealogy.’ I received a stern warning not to do that to him again.”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Wendy’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Wendy, it’s great to have you here!
© 2014, copyright Gini Webb
Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her 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.