I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Yvette Porter Moore and her blog, Digging Roots: My Family History, described as, “. . . I attempt to capture the history and the essence of a people that I call my own. This blog is a compilation of my multi-cultural beginnings, roots, histories and the discoveries I have unearthed.”
How Yvette Got Started in Genealogy
Yvette has been interested in “family” ever since she was a little girl, “Inquiring to my paternal grandmother about her family inLouisianaand her parents and life in the South. My beginning of genealogy began when I was 18 years old in 1986, as I began searching for my birth family, as I was adopted. My research consummated into a reunion with my Birth Mother and My Birth Father’s families.
My mother who raised me was a writer, and she was interested in uncovering some of her family background so she could have in-depth information on her Cully family as she was writing her memoirs of Sugar Hill,New York. I was researching to help my mother with the information she needed beginning in 2001. Unfortunately, my mother passed in 2004, but since I promised my mother to help her, I decided I would write her family story, and this I would say is the beginning of my journey into being a family historian.”
Yvette’s Family and Her Blog
Yvette’s family has mixed feelings, “Some of my family love to read my posts, and others like what I am doing, but they are really not interested in keeping up with all the information.
I have regular followers of friends and family that actually read my posts. I think that some members of my family want to know things that are relevant to them.”
Yvette’s Thoughts on Blogging
“I started a blog because I had so much documentation and stories, and started to feel disorganized and overwhelmed. I also started blogging because I made a challenge with myself that I would write everyday. I felt that this would be an excellent way of organizing my material, and to share what I learned about my family. I am currently writing a book on my Cully Family, and figured that this would also help me in narrating some of the people on my tree that I wanted to discuss in the book.”
Yvette’s blog title, Digging Roots represents, “digging” for the information she was searching for on her family history. “I had many leads, but it was going to take lots of digging of the soil to uncover the roots of my family tree. So I thought Digging Roots was a good name, for my Family History Blog.
My biggest fear was that people would not like what I wrote about or that they would not be interested. Then I had to tell myself, ‘It is just important to get my information out into the internet world as it might open up the opportunity for family to find me, and that my descendants would later appreciate all the research I did for them.’ ”
How Yvette Follows the Rest of Us
“I read blogs on Blogger, through my email and with Google Reader. I try to read five different blogs a day. There are so many really good blogs and it is very difficult to read everyone’s, so I appreciate GeneaBloggers highlighting of the various posts as this helps with my readership.”
What Yvette Loves Most About Genealogy
“I love the fact that I can connect with my ancestors in such a powerful way by writing about them. I feel that I give them honor, and that they actually would love me to tell their stories.”
Yvette’s Time Capsule Message
“I would tell them that it is so important to know who you are and where you come from. I would sum up my message with this quote by Rina Swentzell, Santa Clara Pueblo: ‘What we are told as children is that people when they walk on the land leave their breath wherever they go. So wherever we walk, that particular spot on the earth never forgets us, and when we go back to these places, we know that the people who have lived there are in some way still there, and that we can actually partake of their breath and of their spirit.’ ”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Yvette’s blog. Leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by. Welcome Yvette, 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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