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May I Introduce to You . . . Amie Bowser Tennant

Come meet genealogy blogger Amie Bowser Tennant, author of the My Kith 'N Kin blog, in this interview by Jana Last at GeneaBloggers.

Come meet genealogy blogger Amie Bowser Tennant, author of the My Kith 'N Kin blog, in this interview by Jana Last at GeneaBloggers.

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Amie Bowser Tennant and her blog, My Kith N Kin described as, “My Kith N Kin is my personal genealogy blog. I write about learning new things, finding great genealogy resources, and occasionally about my own family history.”

“I also write articles for the RootsBid Blog. The RootsBid blog is full of all sorts of genealogy and family history how-to articles, the best of world-wide genealogy resources, and an occasional funny story only a genealogist can appreciate.” 

Amie, please tell us a little about yourself.

“I was born in Miami County, Ohio and grew up in a small, country town surrounded by fields of corn. I left to attend college at Brigham Young University and while there, married my high school sweetheart. We moved around quite a bit. Seventeen years later, we moved our family back to my little home town and bought a house just 2 miles down the same road I grew up on. We live near many close and extended family members and we love it!” 

How did you get started in genealogy?

“I started doing genealogy 16 years ago when my first baby was born. I started by wanting to do scrapbooking. I was surprised when my parents did not know the names of the people in their old family photos. I decided that was unacceptable and started looking for them myself! I was hooked. Many visits to my local Family History Center, lectures, seminars, and a National Genealogical Society Home Study Course later, and here I am.” 

When and why did you start your genealogy blog?

“I started my personal genealogy blog to share all the things I was learning while working on the National Genealogical Society Home Study course. I learned so many things that I knew would be helpful to others on their journey to fill out that pedigree chart. But, I continued to blog because I discovered I had a passion for writing. I had always dreamed of being an author and though it is a little different, my dream came true. Earlier this year, my blog was noticed by RootsBid.com. In March of 2015, I was hired as lead content specialist for RootsBid and now write for their blog. Now, I have TWO places to blog about my love for genealogy.”

What are your tips for new bloggers?

“Start today. Don’t be intimidated by the other wonderful blogs out there, yours will be wonderful too. Write a little or write a lot, just write regularly.” 

Please tell us about your favorite post(s) on your blog?

“My favorite “how-to” post was “How’d She Do That?! Using Facebook to Break through Brick Walls” at How’d She Do That?! Using Facebook to Break Though Brick Walls. That was a post I wrote after having a major breakthrough on a line my mother-in-law and I had been researching for a combined 20 years!”

“My favorite ancestor story was a blog series I dedicated to my grandmother. One of the blog posts was entitled “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned” at Story 4: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned and it was my favorite.

“Lastly, I recently wrote a post for RootsBid entitled “Open Letter to Grandma” at Open Letter to Grandma. It was my first attempt at genealogy humor. What made it so funny was much of it was TRUE!” 

How much time do you spend on family history research?

“I am researching someone’s ancestors every day. I try to set aside one day a week for my own family research. There are never enough hours in a day and I often find myself dreaming at night of family research time.” 

Who is your favorite ancestor(s)?

“I have lots of favorite ancestors for all different reasons. My most colorful ancestor and by far my favorite was my maternal grandmother, Goldie Witt Cole. I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with her in my childhood days.”

“However, if I could meet any of my ancestors it would be my great grandmother Doney Hensley Cole who died when she was 25 years old. A precious family letter from someone who knew her mentioned she was the kindest woman they ever knew.” 

How has genealogy improved your life?

“Like most genealogists, doing family history and genealogy research has made me appreciate all that I have, the time in which I live, and the people who have come before me. I have also learned how to be more organized and creative.”

What do you love the most about genealogy?

“I love finding stories of triumph, finding evidence or proof that turns up in the most unlikely of places, and seeing the faces of children light up when they hear the stories of their ancestors for the first time.” 

Besides major websites like Ancestry and FamilySearch, what research tool or source has been helpful in researching your family history?

“I can’t say enough good things about Facebook. It’s a social media site connecting me with knowledgeable researchers all over the world. I also love AmericanAncestors.org, Fold3.com, and of course RootsBid.com.” 

Which genealogy blogs inspire you?

“For inspiration, I follow the many bloggers at GeneaBloggers. There are too many to name! I was inspired to write my family history by reading The Armchair Genealogist blog and participating in the Family History Writing Challenge and will forever be grateful.” 

What interesting connections have you made through blogging?

“I am blessed to have met many, many new friends from blogging. I think the two neatest things were being contacted by Lisa Louise Cooke from Genealogy Gems and GeneaBloggers. Lisa wanted to use the “Open Letter to Grandma” post on an upcoming Genealogy Gems podcast and GeneaBloggers interviewed me for the “May I Introduce To You” series.

What is on your genealogy bucket list?

My genealogy bucket list is a long one, but my three top things are:

  1. Obtain my national certification as a genealogist
  2. Give a lecture at a NGS conference
  3. Finish the Cole Family History book I started 10 years ago!

If you wanted to leave a message for future generations, what would you tell them?

“Three words: FINISH MY WORK.”

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Please take a moment to head over to Amie’s blog, My Kith N Kin, and leave her a comment, letting her know you stopped by. Thank you Amie for telling us about yourself and your blog. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you better.

© 2015, copyright Jana Last. All rights reserved.

Jana Last is a wife, mom and grandma living in sunny California. She loves family history and enjoys learning about her ancestors. She started her family history research in 1996 after the death of her maternal grandfather. She is the author of three blogs and a website: Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog, Grandpa’s Postcards, Jana’s Place and Jana’s Genealogy and Social Media Hub. Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Jana via email at jmlast61@gmail.com.

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