MAY I INTRODUCE TO YOU . . . Katie Andrews Potter
I have the pleasure of introducing you to Katie Andrews Potter and her blog, Storybook Ancestor, described as, “Writing the stories of our families with the youngest generation – a place to encourage children to explore their family history.”
Katie, please tell us a little about yourself.
“I live in Indianapolis, Indiana, and am a 9th generation Hoosier, and so is my husband. We have two kids that we homeschool and many pets. I have a degree in Elementary Education, have done graduate work in History, and am working on my certificate in Genealogical Studies. I am a Girl Scout leader, an avid hiker and the author of the young adult historical fiction novels Going over Home and Going over Jordan.”
How did you get started in genealogy?
“I became interested in learning about my family history when I was sixteen. I spent a lot of time talking with my great-great aunt and my grandma and listening to their stories and going through their old photos when I was in my teens, and I began to realize how important it was to listen to our elders when we are young, because if I hadn’t taken the time when I was young, so much family history would have been lost.”
When and why did you start your genealogy blog?
“I launched my blog in January 2017, after the idea had been brewing in my head for years. I have always had a passion for family history and writing, and bringing it to kids completes that passion, as I have loved working with kids since I was in high school. I think it’s so important for kids to explore their family history, and I would love to see them use their creativity to write the stories of their family and share it with others.”
How did you choose the name for your blog?
“The ideal outcome of this blog is to see kids turn their ancestors’ lives into storybooks. I am working on a children’s picture book based on the memoir of one of my ancestors right now, and will hopefully release it in the fall. I would love to see kids do the same.”
Who is your favorite ancestor and why?
“Almyra King Holsclaw is my favorite ancestor. She is my 3rd great-grandmother. She was born in 1842 and lived her entire life in Jennings County, Indiana. She is the one who wrote the beautiful memoir of growing up in pioneer Indiana that I am turning into a picture book. I have heard so much about her from family and am somewhat in awe of her.”
What do you love the most about genealogy?
“The stories. Always the stories.”
What interesting connections have you made through blogging?
“Before Storybook Ancestor, I had another smaller blog where I blogged more about my own personal family history, and I had a grandparent’s first cousin find my blog and contact me. It was amazing.”
What is on your genealogy bucket list?
“To visit Ireland. My mother’s side is very Irish, and I would love to visit County Galway especially where my Mulry ancestors were from. Ireland has always been a dream destination for me.”
If you wanted to leave a message for future generations, what would you tell them?
“Make connections to the past, and invest in the future.”
“A big part of the Storybook Ancestor blog is sharing family stories with the world. If your child has a family story they would like to share, please contact us! You can visit our site to see stories we have already published, and if your children need help writing, subscribe to our newsletter to receive a free e-book Writing Family History for Kids: A Workbook & Guide. We would love to share your special family stories with the world!”
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Please take a moment to head over to Katie’s blog, Storybook Ancestor and leave her a comment, letting her know you stopped by. Thank you Katie for telling us about yourself and your blog. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you better.
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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.