Come Meet the New “May I Introduce To You” Team at GeneaBloggers

The May I Introduce To You team at GeneaBloggers

While the “May I Introduce To You” (MIITY) weekly series here at GeneaBloggers has been on summer vacation the past few weeks, we’ve actually been hard at work expanding our team of authors who will be interviewing members of GeneaBloggers.

For the past five years, Gini Webb of Ginisology has conducted over 150 interviews with our members to find out how they got started in genealogy and why blogging is such an important part of their family history research. GeneaBloggers could not have carried the MIITY feature each Monday without Gini’s hard work and determination to make sure that members stories were shared in the genealogy community.

An Expanded Team of MIITY Authors

To mark the fifth anniversary of May I Introduce To You, Gini and I discussed expanding the team of bloggers who interview other bloggers for the series. We both thought it was a great idea to share the task of lining up interviews, gathering information and preparing it for publication. Here is the new team:

Tessa Keough


Tessa was born and raised on the West coast and then moved to the East coast for graduate school and employment. Today she divides her time between Arlington, Virginia and Portland, Oregon. Tessa got hooked on researching her ancestors after seeing a pedigree chart at a family reunion in 2005 and wondering about the people, places, and those huge blank spaces. She shares her paternal genealogy at The Keough Corner and her maternal genealogy at Scandia Musings & More.

In addition to her own family history, Tessa is hard at work conducting a one-name study for the Keough surname as well as a one-place study of Plate Cove East, Newfoundland. She is active in the international organizations that support these specialized study areas. Tessa has a YouTube channel TessaWatch where she shares tips on the technology and methodology used with family history. Tessa enjoys reading, cooking, and travel.

Jana Last

Jana Last

Jana is a wife, mom and soon-to-be grandma living in sunny California. She loves family history and enjoys learning about her ancestors. She began her family history research in 1996 when she was the busy mother of five children eleven years old and under. She currently serves as a Family History Consultant and taught a family history class for six years at church. She also has served as a volunteer librarian at the local Family History Center in her area.

Jana is the author of three blogs:Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog, her genealogy blog,Grandpa’s Postcards, a blog in which she shares her maternal grandparents’ vintage postcard collection, andJana’s Place, her personal blog. Besides family history research and blogging, Jana enjoys reading, singing, baking, watching classic movies and musicals and spending time with her family.

Wendy Mathias

Wendy Mathias

Wendy began her genealogy research over twenty years ago as her mother’s able assistant. Now that she has retired from teaching, Wendy has expanded her research which she shares in her blog Jollett Etc. She indexes for FamilySearch and has completed several indexing projects for the Greene County Historical Society. Wendy graduated from James Madison University with a BA and MA in English. She and her husband divide their time between their home in Chesapeake, Virginia and Smith Mountain Lake where they enjoy a lazy cruise on their pontoon and touring local wineries.

Michelle Taggart

Michelle Taggart

Michelle has been involved in genealogical research for twenty years and has a special love for researching her Southern ancestors. She shares her ancestors’ stories on her blog A Southern Sleuth. She has a BS in Child and Family Psychology from Brigham Young University. Currently she is pursuing a certificate from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Michelle is a Family History Consultant and teaches a local genealogy class. Born in Alamosa, Colorado, she grew up in California and Texas. Currently she and her husband live in Utah and enjoy their four children and nine grandchildren.

Gini Webb

Gini Webb

Gini Webb was born in Augsburg, Germany and emigrated with her mom to the United States at the age of three years old. She grew up in Santa Clara, California and now resides in San Diego, California.

Retiring in 2009, Gini enjoys spending time with her seven grandchildren.  Retirement has also allowed her the time she longed for to pursue her love of family history.  During her research, Gini has learned that researching her family’s history is not just a destiny, but a journey into the lives of her ancestors. She shares those discoveries on her blogs, Ginisology, Remembering This Day in History and Our Life in Photos.

A Special Thanks

“Many hands make for light work,” as my great-grandmother would say and even the transition to a larger team doesn’t just happen on its own. Thanks to Gini for getting the ball rolling, to Jana for creating the tracking system and to all the team members for their input via email. I’m really excited about MIITY entering its sixth year and I know readers will be too!

Stay tuned! May I Introduce To You will return with new interviews starting on Monday, 15  September 2014 right here at GeneaBloggers.

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