I have the pleasure of introducing you to Alexis Maurer and her blog, The Adventures of the Baby Genealogist, described as, “a comedic journey with the youngest genealogist ever.”
Alexis, please tell us a little about yourself.
“I’m Alexis and am a fairly new mom to the cutest little girl ever. Born and raised in Utah, I have always had a love for family history but didn’t actually start digging deep into research until three or four years ago. I am pretty obsessed in making new discoveries whether that is on my own family tree or someone else’s. I want my daughter to know and love her heritage.”
When and why did you start your genealogy blog?
“I actually started a different blog first but I just didn’t stick with it. I was trying to do what I thought others would want but it just wasn’t a good fit for me. After I had my daughter, I thought it would be funny to take some pictures of her in giant glasses and the idea just spread from there. There were other kid bloggers but I was sure there weren’t any baby genealogists, at least not known about. So the baby genealogist was born and it’s so much more fun for me to write about our family history adventures and not worry about if someone else reads it or not.”
What are your tips for new genealogy bloggers?
“Write about whatever you want to. If you just want a public place to write your family stories or explain your research then do that. Blogs are a great way to get in contact with unknown cousins. Just write! Whatever you are more passionate about or will get you even more excited to do your family history.”
Please tell us about your favorite post(s) on your blog.
“I loved when I asked my family for memories of my husband’s grandma, who the Baby Genealogist is named after.
“I also loved when I wrote about how Disney shows the power of family history through Moana.”
How much time do you spend on family history research?
“Every minute I can squeeze in with a baby to take care of and starting my own business.”
What do you love the most about genealogy?
“I love making new discoveries and sharing them with family members. Piecing families together is also amazing. And getting anyone and everyone interested in their own family.”
What family story or heirloom do you cherish?
“I absolutely love photographs! (Who doesn’t?!) I have so many favorite stories but one that is cherished in my family is of a pioneer ancestor, Stillman Pond, who was a lot like Job in the Bible. He lost everything, including 2 wives and many children. But he never gave up. And eventually he did have a family again and became a wealthy man.”
Which genealogy blogs inspire you?
- Family Locket
- The Mommy Genealogist
- Growing Little Leaves: Genealogy for Children
- The Genealogy Kids
- Legacy Tale
- The Genealogy Reporter
- The Finlay Family
- Roots 2 Blossoms
- Ancestry in Progress
- Brightly Street
- THE GENEALOGY GIRL
- Revealing Roots and Branches
- Devon Noel Lee Blog
- Mom O’ 3 Genealogy
What interesting connections have you made through blogging?
“So far I haven’t met any distant relatives through my blog, though I would love to make a connection like that. But I have met some wonderful bloggers who are passionate about family history themselves. I am even part of a mommy genealogy group where we share ideas and spread the word that family history is for all ages and is especially important to share with kids. It’s an amazing group to be a part of! The blogs I listed are from this group.”
What is on your genealogy bucket list?
“I really want to visit the homelands of my ancestors! And finding ways to get kids more interested and involved in their family history, which is part of my business I am starting.”
An additional message from Alexis.
“I am excited to share that I am starting a fun subscription box for kids! I want to get them more involved in family history in fun, simple ways. The boxes are filled with books, games, activities, and crafts that help kids connect to family members, living or decreased. They will learn, relate, discover, and create to discover more about their family and themselves. Learn more at Addi’s Nest.”
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Please take a moment to head over to Alexis’ blog, Adventures of the Baby Genealogist and leave her a comment, letting her know you stopped by. Thank you Alexis for telling us about yourself and your blog. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you better.
© 2017, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.