I have the pleasure of introducing you to Cheri Hudson Passey and her blog, Carolina Girl Genealogy, described as, “. . . ‘Who are their people?’ my Grandmother used to ask anytime we discussed someone. She wanted to know family connections. Like her, I want to know ‘my people.’ This blog is about that discovery.”
A Little About Cheri
“I was born in Camden, SC. My Father was in the Air Force so I have lived in many places around the world and in the United States. I have come home to South Carolina and now live in Myrtle Beach. Most of my family lines are from South Carolina in several different counties. My Carolina roots go back many generations. Along with my genealogy work, raising a large family has kept me busy! My husband and I have been blessed with 11 children and as of now, 15 grandchildren.”
How Cheri Got Started in Genealogy
“My Genealogy obsession began in 1979 after taking a class in church. I got hooked as the pictures and information I requested from family members started coming in the mail. With each new piece of information I wanted to learn more. Collecting names and dates quickly turned into searching for family pictures, stories, Bibles, letters and other ephemera. My Mom has often called me the ‘Keeper of All Things.’ I love having things that once belonged to my ancestors. One of my favorite things is the lock of my Great Grandmother’s hair. It is a beautiful Auburn. Something I wouldn’t have known from the black and white pictures that I have of her.”
Cheri’s Thoughts on Blogging
“Starting a Genealogy Blog was a very scary step for me. I decided to go ahead and take the leap just a little over two years ago so that I could write about my research and tell my family’s stories. Seeing how others had been able to connect not only with other bloggers but with family members, made me want to do the same. It is still surprising to me that anyone reads it! My favorite reader? My 10 year old Granddaughter!
My blog has been a great way to share what I love. My family members have been able to see pictures and learn stories that they had never seen or heard before. In turn, many have contacted me about adding to what I have and sharing the research process. Am I glad I took that first step and clicked the publish button? Absolutely!”
Cheri’s Tips for New Bloggers
“Just do it! I know it’s scary to push that ‘publish’ button, but you will be so glad that you did! My blog has been such a great tool for finding other family members. It truly has been ‘cousin bait!’”
Cheri’s Favorite Blog Posts
“One of my favorites is this post about the mysterious deaths of my Great Grandmother’s sister and brother in law. This was a story that I had never heard before and learned about from newspaper accounts.
Another favorite is a post I wrote about my Grandmother. I think it’s one of my favorites because it was emotionally hard to write.”
Cheri’s time with the Ancestors
“Since I can’t spend all my time researching, I would have to say not as much as I’d like! My kids are all in school now so I can spend a good part of the day researching, blogging, and working on my NGS Home Study class. Recently, I set up a little corner office in my bedroom dedicated to my Genealogy/Family history work.”
Cheri’s Favorite Ancestor
“I am not sure that I have a ‘favorite ancestor’ but the story of my Grandfather and two of his brothers has always been close to my heart. My Mom’s father Gilbert Roberts and his brothers Wilbert and Edmund answered the call to serve during WWII. Gilbert joined the Marines, Wilbert and Edmund signed up to serve in the Army. Tragedy struck the family in the summer of 1944. In July the family received the first of three telegrams. The first telling of the missing status of Edman. He was a paratrooper and his plane had gone down in the waters east of Italy. He was soon reported as dead. Telegram number two and three came just weeks apart the following Oct. Gilbert had been killed during the battle of Peleliu in the Pacific and Wilbert was killed during a land battle in Italy. Three young men, all from one family. Two more brothers were serving and were sent home to their grieving parents. My Grandfather Gilbert and his brother Wilbert also left behind wives and children.”
How Genealogy Has Improved Cheri’s Life
“At first researching was an interesting hobby, but now, because of the things I have learned about my ancestors and their lives, I feel that I have a better understanding of who I am. I have learned that bad things happen and you can get through it. There is the good, bad and the ugly in my family history but strength can come from each of these stories.”
What Cheri Loves Most About Genealogy
“The thing that I love most about doing my genealogy/family history is the sheer joy of finding information about my ancestors! Whether it’ a document, grave site, picture, or an item once owned by them, I do the genealogy happy dance. Now that I live in SC, where most of my ancestors are from, I have had the extraordinary experience of being able to walk where they walked. I also love helping others get started so that they can experience the joy as well.”
Cheri’s Time Capsule Message
“Youth of the rising generations, you are so important! You will be the ones who will carry on the work of preserving records and family stories. Take the time to talk to your ancestors. Ask them about their lives. Learn from their examples. Remember that because of them, you are who you are. Don’t let them be forgotten.”
Please take a moment to head on over to Cheri’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Cheri, it’s great to have you here!
© 2014, copyright Gini Webb
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.