May I Introduce to You . . . Dianne Nolin

Come meet genealogy blogger Dianne Nolin, author of Genealogy: Beyond the BMD, in this interview by Wendy Mathias at GeneaBloggers.

May I Introduce to You . . . Dianne Nolin

I first “met” Dianne Nolin through a genealogy group on Facebook. It was April and several of us were participating in the A to Z April Challenge, which always attracts over 1000 participants who blog on a wide variety of topics – not many about genealogy though. Recognizing that it was difficult to find other genealogy bloggers, Dianne set about finding a solution. Not only did she create a file with links to the genealogy bloggers participating in the A-Z Challenge, but also she contacted the administrators requesting “Genealogy and Family History” be added as a category in the future. That is the same approach Dianne takes with her blog Genealogy: Beyond the BMD. She saw people struggling to unearth their family stories but were limited in their knowledge of where else to look. Her blogs are full of new ideas and unusual resources, particularly for those researching ancestors from Scotland, Ireland, England, Australia, and Canada. I am proud to introduce to you Dianne Nolin and her blog Genealogy: Beyond the BMD.

Dianne, can you tell a little about yourself?

“I was born in Montreal. My Dad was going to college as a veteran of WWII and we lived in a modified Airstream trailer at the Pederson Residence of McGill University. We soon moved to a small town on Ile Perrot off the west end of Montreal, Terrasse Vaudreuil, where my Dad built our house. Dad never stopped working on the house or building things in the evenings and my lullabies were the sounds of the hammer and power saw.
I now live on Vancouver Island and although genealogy takes up most of my time, I also like to read, cook, knit, and I have done a lot of sailing and camping with my husband and our Shiba Inu, Sadie.

“Since the early 70’s I always worked with computers on some level and it has always intrigued me. In 1995 I took a course on Dos vs Windows. I have taken many on-line courses through a university, 5 of them were on web design. It has given me a couple of ideas for future web based projects involving my family history. All I need now is time to do them.”

When and why did you start a genealogy blog?

“While researching my family tree, and that of my husband and a few friends, I amassed pages and pages of links to websites and references in books that either mention a family member or give insight to their trade or how they lived. I belong to a lot of Facebook groups pertaining to where my ancestors lived and I have contributed or helped others as much as I can. I thought about how I could reach and help more people and it was a toss-up between a website and a blog. A blog seemed the more personal way to go, and it was a new challenge for me. So in April of 2014, with a little trepidation, I published my first post. I started writing every day, but circumstances made me unable to continue with that so I write at least once a week except when I am away from home.”

How did you choose the name for your blog?

“I chose the name Genealogy: Beyond the BMD because most people know how and where to get Birth, Marriage and Death records for their ancestors but may not know how or where to look beyond that. Or even what to look for! My blog posts take readers into the realm of guardianships, pew lists, garden shows, dog races, patents, disasters and lighthouse keepers, to name a few.

“Later when researching in newspapers I found many stories about my ancestors and decided to start a second blog – The Days of Their Lives. I write posts when the spirit moves me. These posts are more for my cousins’ benefit, although more people are interested in reading them. I am hoping also that unfound cousins will read them and get in touch, which has already happened a couple of times. Success!”

How do you decide what to write about?

“I look to my ancestors for inspiration for most of my posts. I try to weave together facts with family stories, which I think is more interesting for the reader. Often I come across something I think would interest readers while I am researching something else, and I will write about it even though I may not have a related family story.

“I am all bout Free! Not everyone doing genealogy can afford to subscribe to paying sites so, save for a few, the links I give are to free information. Most have lists of peoples’ names, though there are a few that are more for information on a certain topic or place. No matter what country you are researching in, these posts will give readers inspiration of what to look for on their own.”

Dianne, what are your favorite posts on your blog?

“It is hard to pick a favourite since I slaved over them all, and my favourites are not necessarily the most popular. One of my favourite posts is It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World because it allowed me to tell the story of my Uncle Horace who has no one else to remember him.

“Another favourite is the 4th one I wrote titled What a Disaster! This one challenged my story writing skills to write about a disaster that the ancestors of my children experienced.

“The next fave is a post I wrote titled Medical History – Knowing your Genes. Although it didn’t garner a lot of public interest, it may save the lives of relatives that read it and hopefully inspire others to check into their medical history.

“I also enjoyed researching and writing the posts on the military, having family members that were in the Militia or enlisted in WWI and WWII.”

What is the most frustrating part of blogging?

“I actually don’t find anything frustrating about blogging. I do it for myself because I like to research and I love to write. My friends and relatives like to read my stories, and I don’t care if I have ten or ten thousand followers. All my info is freely found and free for the taking. As long as I enjoy and am interested in writing the blog I will do it, then I will stop and move on to something else.”

How long have you been doing family history and has your focus changed over time?

“Growing up my maternal grandmother used to tell me stories about some of our relatives, and this piqued my interest in our family history. I got into genealogy seriously when my husband bought me Brøderbund Family Tree Maker for my birthday in 1999.

My focus changes every time I discover more ancestors. I know people call being stuck ‘a brick wall,’ but I like to refer to it as a dam: when the dam finally breaks, a deluge of ancestors come pouring through.”

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

“Family. I try to find as many living descendants in all family branches as I can and we work together to find and learn about more ancestors. The bonus is finding over 30 cousins I didn’t know I had!

“Email. People all over the world in libraries, churches, genealogy societies, order of nuns, RCMP archives, etc. have been so kind and freely generous of their time in answering my queries and helping me learn more about my ancestors. I am so grateful!

“Internet. I have found a lot of my ancestors’ stories in newspapers, books at Internet Archive and in the Sessional Papers of Canada.”

What is your favorite family heirloom?

“Not all our treasured heirlooms are in our possession.  One of my ancestors was a famed goldsmith and some of his pieces are in the National Museum of Scotland. My Dad helped in the building of our church, for which he also made the altar, lectern and baptismal font. I remember proudly watching him make them and carefully cut out the wooden letters that spelled “THIS DO IN REMEMBERANCE OF ME” on the front of the altar. These are still in use today.

“An heirloom that means a lot to me is a spoon dish that belonged to my paternal grandmother, which I gave to my daughter because she had her spoons standing in a water glass, and I knew she would use and treasure it.

“But the heirloom that is close to my heart is my maternal grandmother’s wedding ring that my Mom took to a jewelers and had shaped into a heart and made into a pendant for me. When I wear it, I feel close to my beloved Granny.”

What kind of networking do you use to attract readers to your blog?

“I post my blog posts to Twitter and Pinterest, where I not only participate but I learn a lot from others. I have a Facebook group page called Genealogy Beyond The BMD.

I post comments and queries on many of the Facebook groups I belong to, and I sometimes comment on the blogs I enjoy reading.”

Finally, Dianne, what is on your genealogy bucket list?

“Recently I have discovered that two of my ancestral homes are now B&Bs, one in Ontario and one in Devon, so I would love to go and spend the night – perhaps dream of my ancestors.

“I would also like to find documentation for the family story that our ancestor was at the Battle of the Boyne and carried the banner for William of Orange. I recently found out that one of my new-found-cousins has the piece of this banner that once hung in our ancestral home.

“I have another new-found cousin who has a hand-drawn picture of the Seale Coat of Arms. I have been in touch with the College of Arms in London and when I give the go-ahead, they will do a search on our coat of arms, which includes genealogy. This item on the bucket list will be crossed off soon.”


Please take a moment to visit Dianne at Beyond the BMD and leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Thank-you, Dianne, for letting us inside your blogging world.

© 2016, copyright Wendy Mathias. All rights reserved.

Wendy Mathias is a retired teacher who divides her time between her home in Chesapeake, Virginia and Smith Mountain Lake.  She enjoys researching her family and digging for the story behind old family photos for her blog Jollett Etc. Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Wendy via email

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.”


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