May I Introduce to You . . . Anthony Peter Beacock

Come meet genealogy blogger Anthony Peter Beacock, author of the Our Great Ancestors blog, in this interview by Gini Webb at GeneaBloggers.

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to, Anthony Peter Beacock and his blog, Our Great Ancestors, described as, “. . . Our Great Ancestors aims provide information about not only my own family lines, but genealogy in general. Through the blog I hope that I can help people get started with researching their own family history. I also hope that distant cousins are able to discover the blog and find out about their roots.

A Little Bit About Anthony

“I was born near Hull, which is situated in East Yorkshire, England in 1996 and currently live in Hedon which is a historic market town and is about 6 miles away from Hull.

I am currently at University studying Computer Science with Games Development, but in my free time I like to research my family history as well as many other hobbies.”

How did you get started in genealogy?

“I began researching my family history not only because I had an interest in it, but also because of my late father. He became seriously ill and a few years later, in 2007, he sadly passed away. When my dad was ill, he said that he was not afraid of dying but afraid of being forgotten. At the age of 11, I was his oldest son when he passed on, which meant that I felt the need to try and grant his wishes. I thought about family history and that he had started one when he was ill. I decided that it would be the best way to keep his memory alive for future generations.

I then had a problem, because then I thought everyone else deserves to be remembered, because without them I would not be here myself. So that made my decision to research my family, even stronger.

I have now been researching my family history for just over 2 years, and have achieved a great piece of history that is still growing week by week.”

Why Anthony Created His Blog and His Thoughts on Blogging

“I started a genealogy blog in May 2016 as I wanted to document my research publically, in hope of reaching out to distant cousins. I also wanted to give something back to the community by trying to help people research their own family history.”

How did you choose the name for your blog?

“I chose the name, Our Great Ancestors, because I believe it is catchy, straight to the point and it also has a double meaning – great as in great grandfather, and great as in my grandfather is great! The name just came to me, so I went with it!”

Anthony, what research tool or source has been particularly helpful in researching your family history?

“Although I find that Ancestry and FindMyPast are really helpful and easy to use, I use a few other sites such as LincstothePast, Genuki and FreeBMD. On my blog I have featured a list of useful links, which includes anything that I have come across that is deemed helpful. I update this whenever I discover new, useful websites and resources.

I use the MyHeritage Family Tree Builder to actually record the bulk of information, as it sets out the family tree very neatly. I find it very easy to use also.”

Anthony, do you have any tips for new genealogy bloggers?

“Start with yourself and work backwards. You should never work forwards as it is very easy to trail off onto another line which ends up being incorrect! Also you should always double and triple check your research, as there is always a chance that you have missed something vital!

If you have older relatives who are alive, make use of them and their stories. Document them whilst you can, as they are the key to older generations!”

What other genealogy blogs inspire you?

“I myself have never followed a genealogical blog, I just decided to document my own research and give something back!”

Anthony, what has been your most exciting genealogy discovery in your research?

“One of the most exciting (if I can say that) is finding out that a direct relative was the brother to John and Christopher Wright from the gunpowder plot!

Another was that I have over 1700 ancestors in my family tree and all of them are from England! I thought that was outstanding, and it also helps when it comes to researching!

Another was that the Beacock name was passed on by a woman rather than a man, due to an illegitimate 3x great grandfather! I found this very interesting that the Beacock line has survived many situations along the way.”

Anthony, please tell us about your favorite posts on your blog?

“Up to now I only have 7 posts that are actually of any use, whilst the others are website updates. I think my favourite post would have to be either ‘Research: Thomas Beacock’ because it explains the story of my 3x great grandfather, or ‘Research: Frederick Walter Beacock’ (my great grandfather) for the same reason. These two ancestors had interesting lives and situations.” 

How much time do you get to spend on research?

“I make sure that I spend at least a few hours a week on family history as I find it very addictive as well as being interesting!”

Anthony, who is your favorite Ancestor?

“I do not think I can pinpoint one favourite ancestor but I am weirdly drawn towards my 3x great grandfather Thomas Beacock. This is because without him being born out of wedlock and keeping his mother’s maiden name, I would not be a Beacock today. The Beacock line has survived over 400 years in my research, with myself being born in 1996 and Michaell Beacock presumably being born in and around the 1590s. Outside of my research, it obviously goes beyond 400 years.

Thomas Beacock was the first Beacock in my direct line to move the family away from Lincolnshire, which makes him a key ancestor as he changed Beacock tradition in a number of ways.”

What family story or heirloom do you cherish?

“I cherish all of the heirlooms that I possess but I particularly cherish my late father’s wedding ring, my paternal grandfather’s model trains and his pocket watch, my paternal great grandmother’s sewing machine. I also cherish an original photograph of my maternal 2x great grandfather that was coloured. The photo and its original frame was in possession of my 2x great grandparents, then my great grandparents, my grandparents and then was given to me. I currently have the photo hung up in my bedroom.”

In what ways has genealogy improved your life?

“I believe genealogy has improved my life by giving me an interesting topic to research as a hobby. It has also motivated me to visit and talk to more of my extended family, which has brought us closer!”

What do you love the most about doing your genealogy/family history?

“I enjoy discovering ancestors for the first time, especially if they have been in the newspaper or have done something of interest!”

What is on your genealogy bucket list?

“I would like to discover more ancestors in my Beacock line, as I have hit a brick wall with Michaell Beacocke and Bettris Reder who were married on 17th November 1612!

Apart from that, I need to visit the Hull History Centre, the record office at Beverly and at Lincoln. This will enable me to research parts of my family more closely and hopefully gain information from the people who work there.”

If you wanted to leave a message for future generations, what would you tell them (like a time capsule)?

“In terms of family history, I would tell them to ensure that they document their lives as well as their families, as the more information there is about a person, the more the person comes to life. It is a lot better than just a name, date of birth and date of death. Information and photographs are essential in keeping people’s memory alive!

In terms of life in general I would tell future generations that they need to enjoy life and live everyday like it is their last day alive. This way, life is more enjoyable.”

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Please take a moment to visit Anthony’s blog. Leave him a comment letting him know you stopped by. Welcome Anthony, it’s great to have you here!

© 2016, copyright Gini Webb. All rights reserved.

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her grandchildren! Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Gini Webb via e-mail.


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 jmlast61@gmail.com.

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 murkeo01@gmail.com.