I have the pleasure of introducing you to Kathleen Gregory and her blog, Ancestry Search, described as, “. . . Follow me on my journey to find ancestors and the documents they left behind to be discovered.”
Kathleen, tell us a little about yourself
“I was born in Enid, Oklahoma the second child of my parents. I have lived in five states: Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and currently in Missouri. My second great grandparents migrated to Missouri in the 1800s and moved on west to Kansas and Oklahoma. Funny how I am back in the state from which they migrated! I have been married for almost 33 years; I have two grown children and seven grandchildren.”
How did you get interested in doing your family history?
“I became interested in genealogy when Farm Woman magazine ran an article on this topic in 1985. That was 31 years ago. I have a lot of large binders that I still need to organize.”
When and why did you start a genealogy blog?
“I lost my job and felt like I needed to take some time off. I didn’t know what to do with my time and my daughter suggested I blog about my favorite pastime, genealogy. It was my hope that I would be able to help solve my brick walls and connect with new found cousins.”
Kathleen, what research tool or resource has been particularly helpful in researching your family history?
“I like Internet Archive, Chronicling America (newspapers) and e-books for online research. One of my favorite resources is newspapers and I love reading the old microfilm. Community news columns are the best at offering clues to possible family relationships. Newspapers place a person in a location at a specified time. “
Kathleen, do you have any tips for new genealogy bloggers?
“I love reading others’ blogs about their discoveries, trials and tribulations. We all learn from each other so don’t be afraid to share your failures as well as your triumphs!”
What other genealogy blogs inspire you?
“The Armchair Genealogist; her February writing challenge has inspired me to ask more question so I can write stories about my family. Ask a Genealogist, The Legal Genealogist, and so many more! I subscribe to other blogs and study them for helpful hints to some of my brick walls. I would love one day to blog full-time!”
Please tell us about your favorite post on your blog.
“The one that has seen the most views is Surname Saturday Louthan Red Headed Hero of Scotland. The point of this post was to bring to light that all of the information published on the Louthan surname was based on one person’s writings. This is probably true for many others’ family histories, as well.”
How much time do you spend on family history research?
“I don’t get to spend as much time on research as I would like. I try for a couple of hours each week.”
Kathleen, who is your favorite ancestor and why?
“I have tried for 31 years to solve the mystery of my Louthan line. No records to connect my line with any of the others I have found. Alleged brothers married sisters. The wives were sisters but no proof the husbands were brothers. It is one of the mysteries I hope to solve with my blog.”
What family heirloom or story do you cherish?
“I cherish two family heirlooms, an American Fostoria cake stand that belonged to my maternal grandmother and a butter churn that belonged to my paternal great grandmother.”
In what ways has genealogy improved your life?
“Genealogy gave me a sense of purpose and a focus. I feel accomplished when I uncover a record that makes the connection I was seeking, or makes me think about the next step I need to take. There are a lot of strategies in genealogy research that make me a better researcher in general, no matter the topic. Skills I can use in every day.”
Kathleen, what do you love most about doing your genealogy?
“I love learning everything I can about my family history; to answer who, what, when, where and why. I love learning about their migrations from the Northeast to the Midwest; their service to their country in wars; and farming the land during the dust bowl.”
What is on your genealogy bucket list?
“I would like to visit all of the places my ancestors lived.”
If you wanted to leave a message for future generations, what would you say to them?
“I think it is important for future generations to know the importance of their family history. They need to know their ancestors live on in them, in their DNA. Family is more than those who live within your household; your family stretches far behind you and ahead of you. That is awesome!”
Please take a moment to head on over to Kathleen’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Kathleen, it’s great to have you here!
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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.