I am excited to introduce to you Dawn Kogutkiewicz and her blog, Dawning Genealogy described as, “ . . . My family research which includes my children’s paternal lines and my daughter-in-law’s maternal & paternal lines, my parents & their siblings, spouses, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, my siblings & their spouses and children, my husband’s maternal and paternal lines.”
A Little About Dawn
“I was born in Miami, FL and lived in Hialeah until I was almost 3 and then my family moved to Pembroke Pines, FL in 1965. Then, my Dad was transferred to Greensboro, NC for his job. I currently live in Elgin, SC with my husband Tommy and we have been married for 16 years. I have two sons, Kenny and David. David married his high school sweetheart, Cassie in 2010 and in March of this year my first grandchild, Easton was born. I have three sisters and one brother, none of whom are interested in genealogy! I do have a niece, Kaitlyn, who enjoys genealogy and has been helping me with Mom’s side of the tree. I am hoping that Easton will one day enjoy genealogy too.”
How Dawn Got Started in Genealogy
“For as long as I can remember, genealogy has been a part of me. When I was about 11 or 12 my family lived in Centerville, OH while my Dad was going through a very long training program for his company. There was a Hardee’s not far from our home and just behind it, there was a small, fenced in cemetery that was from the late 18th century and early 19th century based on the inscriptions I found on the markers. I would walk down the rows looking at birth & death dates wondering what had happened to this person or that person.
I started actively researching my family in the summer of 1980 while I was living in Montgomery, AL and awaiting the birth of my son Kenny. I corresponded with my children’s great Aunt Betty, who generously supplied information, stories and photographs to me over the years. I’ve spoken to my parents at length about their childhood, their families, my Dad’s time in the Korean War and their lives together. I’ve spoken with my aunts and uncles about their families as well.”
Dawn’s Thoughts on Blogging
“I started my genealogy blog at the end of June this year. I am hoping that by blogging about my family and my research other family members will get interested in our family history.”
Dawn’s Tips for New Bloggers
“Start thinking and planning ahead so that you know what you want to talk about! I just bought a calendar and I have written birthdays, wedding anniversaries and death dates so that I can recognize some of these events and people on my blog in the future. I am looking forward to Thomas MacEntee’s upcoming Bloggers Bootcamp where I hope to learn more about blogging! It was Thomas who suggested my blog name too.”
Dawn’s Favorite Blog Post
“Right now I think my favorite post is the one I did on my Mom and the wedding dresses she made for my sisters, my sister-in-law and myself. There is a collage picture with this blog and in each picture of our dresses I used the one with my Dad as he walked us down the aisle and felt it wouldn’t be complete unless I included a picture of my Mom with her Dad too.”
- Wednesday Weddings – Wedding Dresses by Nina
Dawn’s Time with the Ancestors
“Some days I may spend eight hours working on my research and other days it might be three or four hours. It just depends on what is going on, which family I am working on and whether I can do it from home or if I need to go to the repository near where I live.”
Dawn’s Favorite Ancestors
“I don’t know that I have a favorite person but there are several ancestors I feel the need to tell their story so that they are not forgotten. I have found many ancestors who never married, or married and didn’t have children, or who married, had children but none of their children married and the line ends with them. My ultimate goal is to make sure that they are not forgotten by telling their stories.
For instance, I have written a post about my 2nd great aunt, Anna May “Mory” Orth Hoskin and her family (http://dawninggenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/07/wednesdays-child.html).
She lost both of her children who died in their childhoods. I can relate to her because I know the profound loss she must have had because I lost my son Kenny at the age of 19.
Then there is my 2nd great uncle, John Bush Lambert. http://dawninggenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/07/my-monday-mystery-john-bush-lambert.html
He murdered his father with a poker in 1893. He spent the rest of his life in a lunatic asylum in Kentucky. Why did he do it? I don’t know but I am in the process of trying to obtain his records from the hospital. I’ve enlisted the help of the Kenton County Public Library to find any newspaper articles or an obituary for John Bush or his father John William.”
How Genealogy Has Improved Dawn’s Life
“It has given me the confidence to tell the story of my family whether it is good, bad or indifferent. It allows me to record what truly happened instead of pretending that it didn’t happen or quietly letting this ancestor slip through the cracks because someone doesn’t want the truth known.”
Dawn’s Time Capsule Message
“ I guess I would leave all of my research, computer files, pictures etc and to start where I left off. I would also tell them to be proud of who they are and where they came from.
Dawn’s Genealogy Bucket List
“I would like to go to the ancestral homes of my Rueff and Behrle lines. I would like to find the ancestral homes of my husband Tommy’s grandparents who came to the US in the early 1900’s from Poland and show him where he came from.”
Please take time to head over to Dawn’s blog, Dawning Genealogy, and leave a comment, letting her know you stopped by. Thank you Dawn for sharing your thoughts and your blog with us!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org