May I Introduce To You . . . Nicole Dyer and Diana Elder

Come meet genealogy bloggers Nicole Dyer and Diana Elder of The Family Locket Blog interviewed by Jana Last at GeneaBloggers

MAY I INTRODUCE TO YOU . . . Nicole Dyer and Diana Elder

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Nicole Dyer and Diana Elder and their blog, The Family Locket Blog described as, “Family History Ideas for Everyone.”

Nicole and Diana, please tell us a little about yourselves.

“Hi, I’m Nicole and I am from Seattle, Washington. My husband, three children and I currently live in Tucson, Arizona. We just had our third baby, a sweet little boy, who came along with me to the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy in July. I try to involve my kids in my love for genealogy and family history as much as possible (although this doesn’t usually mean dragging them to family history conferences along with me). We like to do family tree crafts, ancestor photo coloring pages, and lots of family storytime. I studied History Teaching at Brigham Young University and taught  middle school for a year before my first child was born. History and genealogy are my passions, but I also love cooking,  swimming, running, listening to books, and playing with my kids.

“Hi, I’m Diana and I grew up in Burley, Idaho.  I met my husband and earned my degree in elementary education while attending Brigham Young University. We lived in Seattle for several years, then moved to Highland, Utah in 2002. With the Family History Library just thirty minutes away, how could I not start researching my family! I always thought I would go back to teaching school, but decided I’d rather do family history and genealogy instead. I do teach piano lessons on the side as well as a weekly family history class in my LDS ward. I love to garden, cook, read, do yoga, solve crossword puzzles, and of course play with my grandchildren.”

How did you get started in genealogy?

Nicole: “I became interested in family history when I was 12 years old. For a young women program at church I completed a personal development goal to learn more about my identity and individual worth by collecting stories about incredible women in my family tree. After reading their stories and summarizing them in my own words, I assigned a virtue to each story. The virtues were ones that I wanted to develop: faith, knowledge, charitable service, integrity, etc. Learning about the amazing people who came before me was inspirational. I then did a cultural fair project in 8th grade about my ancestor, the great Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor and “Father of Europe.” I felt special for being a known descendant of this great man. Little did I know that most people from Europe are also related to him.”

“My interest in actually researching in genealogical records came at age 16 when my mother began. We worked together to find ancestors on my Grandpa’s side and I became fascinated with “the hunt.” I would work for hours at the computer searching census records and USGenWeb pages. We were thrilled with the success we found. Ever since, I have enjoyed learning more about how to research and helping others along the way. I was a family history consultant in my LDS ward for the last three years and for a time also helped get the region’s youth (ages 12-18)  involved in family history research as well. I’m passionate about helping younger people connect with their roots. I know how much knowing my family history helped me to build confidence as a young adult, and I hope others can find the same benefits.”

Diana: “My parents researched their families in the 60’s and 70’s and wrote letters to relatives and courthouses all over the country. By the time I moved to Utah in 2002 my children were all in school and internet researching was getting better and better. I decided it was my time to further my parent’s research. My dad brought me everything he had in a suitcase and the rest is history.”

When and why did you start your genealogy blog?

Nicole: “Last year, my sister-in-law recommended the Jess Lively podcast to me. She interviews creative people about their businesses and lives. They discuss “living from values” and “values-based intentions,” and I began to think about my values and what I would do if I could do anything to make a difference in the world. One of the people she interviewed in the podcast was Pat Flynn, an internet entrepreneur and fellow podcaster. I began listening to his podcast about blogging and online businesses. At this same time, I was teaching family history classes twice a week at church – one for Sunday School and another for the community. It was exciting to connect with beginning family historians! I loved it. Teaching and family history – two of my passions coming together!”

“I decided to try blogging about family history. I had always wanted to do it, and I knew that if I didn’t start now, I never would. Next I had to figure out the focus of the blog. I wanted to write helpful family history articles, but wasn’t sure what to focus on. I researched a lot of other family history blogs and tried to think of my strengths. I asked my mom to contribute to the blog as well, and together we began to figure out our audience. We realized that much of our experience had to do with helping our friends at church, so we decided to include LDS ideas. We also had experience introducing family history to kids and teens, so we added that category. I enjoy creating charts and books, so that became another one of my focuses. Now our main categories are: Creating and Sharing Family History, Research Tips, and LDS family history. I also write a weekly roundup of helpful articles around the web that fall under these categories. We want to include everyone in the love of family history!”

How did you choose the name for your blog?

Nicole: “I wanted our domain name to be short, easy to type, and include the feeling of family connection that we feel to our ancestors. My husband helped me brainstorm several ideas including grandma’s trunk and hope chest. Then I remembered a fun project my craft group and I did to make family photo pendants, and I decided on the name “Family Locket.” It reminds me of keeping ancestors close to the heart.”

What are your tips for new bloggers?

Nicole: “Know your goals. Are you writing to connect with cousins or to help beginners? Know your niche. What are your strengths? What can you add to the already large blogosphere? Know your audience. If you understand what they are looking for and where they are looking for it (pinterest, facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.) then you will be able to better connect with them and write things that they will enjoy reading.”

Diana: “Write a little every day to keep yourself in writer’s mode. Give your posts time to settle before you publish them. Keep a running list of ideas for future posts.”

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

Nicole: “My favorite post is DIY Picture Pedigree. It embodies my goal to share family history with others. Projects like this often spark interest in family history for family members who aren’t interested in researching.”

Diana: “Two of my favorite posts are about how I found meaning in my grandmother’s life from the remnants of her scrapbook ~ The Scraps of a Well-behaved Woman’s Life: Florence Creer Kelsey Part I and The Scraps of a Well-behaved Woman’s Life Part II: Three Steps for Understanding your Ancestor’s Leavings. These posts combined my love of research and my quest to connect with my ancestors. I also wrote about my great grandfather’s mental illness in Do You Have a Skeleton in your Family History Closet? That was the first post that other bloggers shared in their “finds of the week,” and helped me feel that I was making a contribution to the blogger world.”

How much time do you spend on family history research?

Nicole: “I go through spurts of research depending on my family and schedule. Sometimes I try to do 30 minutes a day for a month, and other times I am lucky to get in one day a week. With three children under 6 years old, it’s a challenge to make time for my hobbies, but so worth it. Right now I’m working toward my long term goal of becoming a credentialed genealogist. I’d like to become accredited in the mid-south region through ICAPGen, so I need 80 hours of experience researching in each of these states: Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. I made a list of all the ancestors I have in these states. When I get an hour or two to myself, I research the people in these states and keep track in my accreditation hours log.”

Diana: “I am currently in the middle of the accreditation process through ICAPGen, so I research as much as possible. I try to treat this goal like a part-time job and spend 3-4 hours each week day working on my four generation project and state research. I am accrediting in the Gulf South and only have Mississippi left for my research hours!”

Who is your favorite ancestor(s) and why?

Nicole: “I have one ancestor who I have researched more than anyone else. Her name is Sarah Jane Creer and she joined the LDS church in 1856 in Swineshead, Lincolnshire, England, as a 14 year old. She pulled a handcart with her aging mother and stepfather from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Salt Lake City, Utah. I loved reading about her courage and humble, faithful life. When I was in college, I received a short typed story about her from my grandmother called “The Revised History of Sarah Jane Creer.” The author couldn’t find a birth record for Sarah so she came to some interesting conclusions. She claimed that Sarah must have died at birth and her older sister Elizabeth took on Sarah’s identity for cheaper passage on the ship. I decided to hunt down every record possible about the family. What I found refuted the ‘revised history’ and put me in touch with a 90 year old cousin in England who was a descendant of Elizabeth. Knowing that Elizabeth and Sarah Jane both lived to adulthood and had descendants was enough to refute the ‘revised history.’”

How has genealogy improved your life?

Nicole: “Knowing my genealogy inspires me to have more faith and fortitude like my ancestors. Also, learning how to research at a young age gave me confidence in my high school and college history classes. Learning about history through the personal lens of my own family history gave me a passion for the past that directed my studies in college and choice of career.”

Diana: “Genealogy and family history gives me something meaningful to do each day. Finding a new family member.  Discovering a new facet of an ancestor’s life. Becoming completely enveloped in a different time and place while researching. These are the things that keep me coming back for more, even when the records are scarce. Building on the foundation that my parents left, I hope to continue their legacy and leave a sound body of work for my descendants.”

What family story or heirloom do you cherish?

Diana: “My great aunt gave me my great grandmother’s glass compote as a wedding gift. I don’t know the story behind the compote, but I feel fortunate to be the recipient of a cherished item. The compote is a reminder to me to discover the stories before it’s too late. I wrote about my great grandmother and the compote in my post, Honor Your Heritage with Heirlooms. It always amazes me how writing a blog post about an ancestor strengthens my connections to them.”

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

Diana: “I started using Evernote a year ago and don’t know how I lived without it. I mainly use it to organize my genealogy education: notes of webinars, conference syllabi, favorite articles, etc. I use Research Ties, a web based research log with amazing capabilities to organize my research efforts. As I learn how to use it better, it is becoming a valuable tool to streamline my research.”

Which genealogy blogs inspire you?

Nicole:Amy Johnson Crow’s blog inspires me. I also love Denise Levenick’s The Family Curator.”

Diana: “I enjoy Amy Johnson Crow’s blog as well as Dayna Jacob’s blog, On Granny’s Trail.”

What interesting connections have you made through blogging?

Diana: “A second cousin found me through my post on the Kelsey family. She had boxes of photos and documents handed down by her parents, none of which I had seen before. I helped her learn how to put those on FamilySearch for everyone to enjoy and even featured her in one of our Family History is For Everyone Spotlights. I have also met many people interested in my accreditation journey. It helps me to stay on track because I know they’re following my progress!”

What do you think is the most interesting change in the past ten years in genealogy/family history?

Diana: “Accessibility to the masses. I work weekly with people who have never before touched genealogy and now can start to learn about their family and make connections. I love seeing their eyes light up when they discover their ancestor’s name on a passenger list or other original record. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!”

What is on your genealogy bucket list?

Nicole: “Definitely becoming accredited. Once I do that, I want to solve all the tricky research problems I’ve encountered for ancestors from the south. I’d also like to visit Swineshead, England, where my ancestor, Sarah Jane Creer, was born.”

Diana: “Aside from becoming a professional genealogist and helping others break through their brick walls, I want to write books about my fascinating ancestors. I would love to travel to their places of origin and follow their westward migration.”

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

Diana: “Get the stories now! Ask questions of everyone, you never know what clues will lead you to amazing discoveries. Don’t assume “it’s all been done.” There will always be a contribution that you can make to your family history.”

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Please take a moment to head over to Nicole and Diana’s blog, The Family Locket Blog, and leave them a comment, letting them know you stopped by. Thank you Nicole and Diana for telling us about yourselves and your blog. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you better.

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© 2016, 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

May I Introduce to You . . . Helen V. Smith

Come meet Australian genealogy blogger Helen V. Smith of the From the Keyboard of Helen V. Smith blog in this article by Tessa Keough at GeneaBloggers!

One of the best things about the internet and social media is the opportunity to meet and interact with so many genealogists and family historians from around the world. Many of us are unable to attend conferences and seminars that are far away from our home base. However, with live streaming of conferences, webinars offered through genealogy groups and companies, and blogs by writers from every corner of the world, we can broaden our horizons and learn from the locals. In that spirit, this week let’s go down under to Australia and catch up with Helen V. Smith of From Helen V Smith’s Keyboard. 

A Little Bit About Helen – Where She’s From & What She Does

“I am fifth generation Australian on my mother’s side and first generation on my father’s as he emigrated to Australia, aged 9 with his mother, having lost his father in World War II. I started researching my family history seriously in 1986 because my mother had plaintively said that she knew nothing about her grandfather George Howard Busby, due to a family split in the early 1940s (his name was never to be mentioned). All she knew was that her mother saw the funeral notice for him in 1956 a few hours after the funeral.

I did some research and found some really interesting things (he is still a favourite ancestor!), became hooked and have been addicted ever since researching in Australia, England and Wales with side research in New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

I also run a One-Name study for the surname Quested (worldwide –  any time & any place), which I’ve registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies and also the Surname Society.

I work full time as a public health microbiologist/molecular epidemiologist so I have a strong interest in the history of disease, public health, and also DNA testing. I work part-time as a genealogy professional mainly doing presentations (58 in 2015). I have presented in every state and territory in Australia, in New Zealand, England, Canada and the United States and spoke at the FGS conference in Springfield in 2016 (for her perspective on the conference see The 2016 FGS Conference was a Blast!). I also write family history and scientific articles and two books so far with a few more planned. I do some limited private research.

I also do some part-time work with Unlock the Past Cruises where we run a genealogical conference aboard ship which ends up a win-win with the conference on sea days and also touring at a range of destinations.”

How Helen ’s Family History Focus Has Changed Over Time

“I have been researching since 1986. In the beginning as with everybody there is a bit of name and date collecting (the who, when and where) but over the years I’ve become much more interested in the context (the why of our ancestors’ lives). This entails a lot more social, legal, and economic history research in a bid to find out the why!”

How Helen Thinks Family History Has Changed Over Time

“I started researching pre-internet even pre-home computer days so that has been a major change. I was 22 when I started researching and that was unusual at that time although there have always been a number of younger researchers around and it is important the genealogy community welcomes them.

I was working full-time and studying for my degree at night. In the 1980s when I went to an archive I would use my student card for “legitimacy” as family historians had a bad name in the minds of a number of library and archive staff. Luckily no-one queried why a science student was looking at historical material!

I am pleased to say that has changed, although if the “just click on the shaky leaf and all will be revealed by magic mindset continues” all that good work may change.

Due to the fact that the time I had free to research was in the early morning hours, I used to buy a large amount of resources so I could do research and had my own microfiche and microfilm machine from the early days. The advent of the internet and the online databases has definitely made it easier and it is wonderful to have access to so many archival records.

Doing research “the old way” meant people gradually worked their way backward in time learning about record types and becoming familiar with the handwriting etc., whereas now the instantaneous production of records has meant that I am seeing more and more requests to interpret handwriting. The fact that online providers have digitised a will which is available with one click means some researchers don’t realise that there is a probate packet that will likely, depending on time period, contain many more documents in addition to the will. These researchers may miss out on the inventory, trustee documents, and so much more. They might see an English workhouse admission register and not realise there could also be a Creed register, a discipline book, etc., as part of the workhouse archival files.

I do love the many varied educational opportunities from podcasts, webinars, YouTube, other people’s blogs, mail-lists, Facebook, and G+ groups available now with the flexibility to learn in your own time. If you want to learn, there are many opportunities. I am currently doing the Professional Development Certificate with the National Institute for Genealogy in Toronto.”

Why Helen Created Her Blogs and Her Thoughts on Blogging

“I am single and the last of my line so blogging is an ideal way of sharing my research with others. I have a number of blogs and they serve different purposes: my main one From Helen V Smith’s Keyboard (yes scientists are not that creative when naming things!) is the everything blog, the Quested One-Name Study is to promote my research there although I have not been as prolific as I would like on it, and Postcards From Mary was a way of sharing the postcards sent by Mary Christensen nee Rollason to her family after she had emigrated to be married in Salt Lake City in 1904 and then went to Idaho. I was lucky enough to inherit some of the postcards she sent back to her parents and numerous siblings.

Due to constraints of time I have not been posting as regularly as I would like to my blogs although I have a number in draft form that should be ready soon.”

Helen’s Favorite Blog Posts 

Hmm, I have trouble picking these as I have a fondness for most of my topics. The Writing Directed Queries post was written after I had received one too many vague requests for information. A recent one I really liked was based on the Colorful Ancestry idea from J. Paul Hawthorne. What I particularly liked about this was the interaction all around the world, how we all put a spin on it and how it drew people together.” 

How Much Time Helen Devotes to Her Genealogy/Family History

“Not enough! As I am still working full time and have had fairly heavy speaking schedule, some more books promised, am the DNA SIG coordinator for my state genealogy society, the president of my local society and am studying the Professional Development certificate, I don’t get a lot of time for research. I tend to find that I mainly am doing my own research when I am preparing a lecture or a blog post.  I hope to do more of my own research after I resign from the presidency but we will see.”

What Helen Thinks is the Most Interesting Change in Family History

“Certainly the increased online access has had a strong effect, unfortunately as I mentioned earlier, not always a totally positive one. I think we will see in the future a lot more integrated online sites where there will be archival material, crowd-sourced material, personal stories, photos, etc. We have seen this with online trees now. Another site where it is emerging is the Discovering Anzacs site which has the archival service dossiers, repatriation files, links to online newspapers, personal photos, and stories. The most interesting thing is the worldwide volunteer focus and I believe this will increase. There are many volunteers transcribing historical documents and not all are genealogists.”

Helen’s Genealogy Bucket List

“Having done family history for 30 years now I have been lucky enough to have already achieved many bucket list items. My biggest item is to continue and expand over the next few years to doing the whole gamut of family history activities full time: lecturing, writing, publishing and attaining Certified Genealogist status because I love what I do.”

Helen’s Advice to those Starting a Family History Blog

“Now is a fantastic time to start! Don’t wait until you “have finished your research” as we never do and you don’t have to be perfect. Writing and sharing the family stories is a wonderful thing to do to preserve them for the future generations. The posts are also great cousin bait. Geneabloggers is a great community and there is plenty of help available, all you need to do is ask. Most of all have fun with blogging!”

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Please take a moment and visit Helen’s blog From Helen V Smith’s Keyboard. Leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by. And be sure to take advantage of the wealth of blogs showcased at GeneaBloggers – for the variety of writing styles, ethnic interests, methodology, and research tips and suggestions. Give some thought to what the focus of your research will be this Fall and use the search feature to find blogs that will assist you. If you are interested in Australian research, be sure to add Helen’s blog to your list!

© 2016, copyright Tessa Keough. All rights reserved

Tessa Keough divides her time between Arlington, Virginia and Portland, Oregon. She got hooked on researching her ancestors after seeing a pedigree chart at a family reunion. She shares her paternal genealogy at The Keough Corner, her maternal genealogy at Scandia Musings & More, and technology and methodology tips at her YouTube channel TessaWatch. Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Tessa via email

May I Introduce to You . . . Gary Roberts

Come meet genealogy blogger Gary Roberts, author of Backtracking the Common, in this interview by Michelle Taggart at GeneaBloggers.

When I first stumbled onto the blog, Backtracking the Common , I knew I wanted to interview the author, Gary Roberts. I love his stories and his easily understood, no nonsense approach to sharing tips and tricks to help others write their own stories and do their own research. Gary’s description of his blog as  “genealogy with a Texas accent” is right on and I can almost hear that rich Texas drawl as I read his blog. When asked about his blog, Gary said, “I use the research of my four main family lines to create stories for my children and grandchildren and tips for other family historians. I want to be helpful and entertaining.” I am sure you will agree with me that Gary succeeds in both. May I introduce to you, Gary Roberts, author of the blog Backtracking the Common.

Gary, tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up and what is your current hometown?

“I grew up in North Texas, very near my sometime remarkable, yet unknown family history. I married my high school sweet heart, that is, I was in high school when we began dating, but she was a freshman in college. Dee Ann and I just celebrated our 41st anniversary. She’s always been supportive and assists in my research. We have seven grown children, eleven grandchildren and one on the way. We live in Austin, Texas and, depending on the traffic, we have all our grandchildren within thirty minutes of our home. We’re blessed.”

How did you get started in genealogy?

“I call myself “the reluctant genealogist”. It began at the graveside of a funeral I was officiating back in 1985. A couple of college professors, previously unknown to me, but enthusiastic genealogists, approached me following the service and asked me what I knew about my father’s family. I replied “almost nothing”. In a few weeks, they came to our home in Nacogdoches, Texas and handed me a binder and large envelope of papers. Those items were barely touched for the next twenty-seven years. I picked them up in 2012 when my life began to slow just a bit and I began to dabble in genealogy. I blogged about my start in genealogy in my first post in the spring of 2015:

The Reluctant Genealogist

“I wanted to “force” myself to write about what I was learning and help other beginning genealogists.”

What have been some of your biggest challenges in your research?

“The Roberts surname is fairly common and, to my knowledge, no one has done much work on our particular line. In my family research, the Roberts appear to be the most “common” of my ancestors and therefore the least spectacular. In other words, what they left behind isn’t readily available in history books. I’ve “tracked” them to two counties in two states where I’ve done extensive research.  I’ve had to learn about all of Roberts in the area at that time to separate and distinguish “my Roberts”.  When I find myself returning to these two counties in my research, it feels like “old home week,” but it has been difficult and challenging work.”

What do you enjoy most about doing genealogy?

“I enjoy discoveries and connections. I’ve always enjoyed history and I’ve always been curious. I’ve always felt a lack of connectedness when it came to family, and genealogy is perfect for someone like me. The hunt is exciting and the discovery is fulfilling.”

I’ve enjoyed reading the stories about your ancestors on your blog. Please share with us some of your ideas for finding the stories of your ancestors’ lives.

“Thanks for taking time to read my blog! That adds another level of enjoyment to my genealogical research. My ideas for writing come out of my research. I research with two questions in mind: What do we know?  Why do we know it?  Once I establish the facts (the truth) to the extent I know them, I try to write with one more question in mind. How can I make these facts interesting to my children, grandchildren and others?”

You do a great job of sharing your stories in an interesting way. What are some of your tips for writing stories worth reading?

“Thanks again!  I suggest four main tips for writing interesting stories.  (1) Have something to share. Do the work.  Do the research necessary. Know the family facts and the history surrounding those facts. (2) Connect your family’s stories to the times. Intermingle well-known historical facts and people with the stories of your family. (3) Grab the attention of your readers with a quote, question, statement or mystery. Almost dare them not to keep reading. Of course, some may not! (4) Serve your readers. Always keep them and their interests in mind as you write. This is only if you wish to be “interesting”. ”

When and why did you start your genealogy blog?

“I began writing my family history blog in March of 2015.  I have two main drivers.  I want to pass on to my family what I’m learning in an interesting, less academic, way.  I want to share with other beginning genealogists mistakes I’ve made, mistakes I’ve seen and tips for doing a better job creating accurate and compelling family histories.”

What is your favorite post on your blog and why?

“This is the most difficult question you’ve asked. I’m just starting to hit my stride as a researcher and now writer. I’m beginning to feel good about the direction the blog is headed.  So, the more recent posts are getting closer to what I envisioned, although I still need to continue tweaking my efforts. The more recent blogs are more intellectually satisfying to me but a sequential series of blogs began this past December on my dad Burton Lee Roberts are more emotionally satisfying.

“As I shared in my blog post, Burton Lee Roberts, Murder, mystery, mayhem and Burton Lee, ‘Our lives are shaped by what happens before us, to us and through us – and by our responses to these events. Burton Lee Roberts’ life would be no different.  He would not escape. Opinionated and politically incorrect, chased by his own personal demons, keeper of secrets, he was a mystery It’s left to me to backtrack the truth, unravel the tale and record the most complete explanation of his life.  He was my father.’”

Burton Lee Roberts: Murder, Mystery, Mayhem and Burton Lee

What advice do you have for others just starting a family history blog?

“If your goal is to present a true and accurate family picture, good research must always precede good writing. If we’re going to present fables as facts, we need not “waste” our time doing the hard research. Simply write the fables. If you choose to do the hard research and want to accurately portray these facts, having done so, think about the kind of writing which holds your attention. Read it.  Practice it. Take your known facts and write in that fashion. Never lose track of your reader.”

What is on your genealogy bucket list?

“When I’m certain of my European Roberts’ family origins (country, county, parish, etc.), Dee and I hope to go there and continue our research as well as be tourists. We’ll continue her family line on the same trip. We’d like to get it done by our 45th anniversary.”

 Is there anything else you would like to add or share with us?

“I want to thank you for this opportunity to share my young and evolving blog.  Your GeneaBlogger site is one of the most generous and useful sites on all of the internet for new genealogists and family historians. Here’s my last tip. I recommend your new readers subscribe to this site and benefit from the vast experience of others. It’s free! There are so many wonderful and free resources.  Many of them will come across this site. Stay tuned! Check them out.”

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Please take a moment and visit Gary’s blog Backtracking the Common. Leave him a comment to let him know you stopped by. Thank-you Gary for sharing your blog and ideas with us!

© 2016, copyright Michelle Ganus Taggart, All rights reserved 

Michelle Ganus Taggart lives in Kaysville, Utah, where she enjoys the beautiful outdoors, time with family and researching her ancestors.  She shares her passion for her southern research in her blog, A Southern Sleuth.  Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . . “ series?  If so, contact Michelle  via email