May I Introduce to You . . . Anne Young


Come meet genealogy blogger Anne Young, author of Anne's Family History and Avoca During World War I, in this interview by Wendy Mathias at GeneaBloggers.

I have the pleasure of introducing to you Anne Young and her two blogs, Anne’s Family History and Avoca During World War I. In her family blog, Anne strives to “add definition and colour to some of the events in [her] family’s history beyond mere names, dates and places.” The high level of research accompanied by photos and documents that readers admire in her family blog continues in her new blog recording the history of Avoca, a small town in the goldfields of Victoria, Australia.  Anne is also a regular contributor to the Worldwide Genealogy Blog.

A Little About Anne

“I was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and grew up in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. A few years ago we moved to Ballarat, 100 km (70 miles) north-west of Melbourne, Victoria. My ancestors and my husband’s came to the Ballarat district in the mid nineteenth century.”

How Anne Got Started in Genealogy

“My father, his grandfather and other members of his family have been interested in their family history. Because to some degree my family history had been documented but nothing had been researched on my husband’s side, I concentrated first on my husband’s forebears. I started my research in the very early 90s when my children were small.”

Anne’s Thoughts About Blogging

“I started my blog in 2012. I wanted to write about some of the details of our forebears’ lives and make sense of some of the sources beyond merely recording facts and dates on a family tree. There is a great amount of primary material to understand. The explosion of digitized records and the digitization of newspapers have made a wealth of information easily accessible.

“My blog is a record for my children and any others who may be interested in our family stories. My children do actually read my blog :) so it is a good way for me to pass on family history.”

Anne’s Advice to New Bloggers

“Just start writing! Don’t over complicate the story. You don’t have to tell somebody’s whole life story in a blog post; just an incident from their life can be interesting. I find newspaper articles very useful as a starting point for a post. I also enjoy the themes posted by the Sepia Saturday blogging team. I also enjoyed the self-imposed task of writing for 26 days in April set by the A to Z Challenge. This year I am taking part in the 52 Ancestors challenge.

“Suggestions for posts come from other Bloggers. Last year I wrote about immigration in response to a meme proposed by fellow blogger Pauleen Cass.”

Anne’s Favorite Blog Posts

Australia Day:  Climbing Our Family’s Gum Tree, the story of Anne’s immigrant ancestors

Anne’s Time with Ancestors

“For all my blog posts I review and extend the research I have already done. This may take at least a day and sometimes more than a week. I now do research for other people and can get very busy on research on other people’s family trees.”

What Anne Loves Most About Genealogy

“Constructing the tree is like working on a jigsaw puzzle, and I enjoy working out who is related to whom, and discovering more about who they were and what they did.”

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Please take a moment to visit Anne at Anne’s Family History and leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Thank-you, Anne, for letting us inside your blogging world.

© 2015, 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

Bill Paxton featured on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday on TLC

Bill Paxton uncovers the life of an ancestor who was a war hero in an historic battle on Who Do You Think You Are?, this Sunday, April 19th at 10/9c on TLC.
Bill Paxton researches his paternal lineage, uncovering the life of an ancestor who was a war hero in an historic battle; and struggling with the morality of actions his four times great-grandfather took. This new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? airs this Sunday, April 19 at 10/9c on TLC.

Bill Paxton sets off to research his paternal lineage during the Revolutionary War. Following thepath of his four times great-grandfather, Bill finds captivating, first-hand accounts of wartime battles and records of a man who helped shaped politics and society. But he struggles to reconcile this ancestor he admired with a man who skirted distressing moral boundaries.

The Bill Paxton episode airs on Sunday 19 April 2015, 10:00 pm Eastern / 9:00 pm Central on TLC. Check your local television listings for the exact time in your location.

Photo credit: Photo courtesy of TLC. Used by permission.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee.

May I Introduce to You . . . Matthew Burt

Come meet genealogy blogger Matthew Burt, author of Burt and Beyond, in this interview by Gini Webb at GeneaBloggers.

I have the pleasure of introducing you to Matthew Burt and his blog, Burt and beyond – a journey in Genealogy, described as, “. . . A personal family blog to learn about my own heritage with a focus on trying to teach through my own experiences from scratch.”

A Little About Matthew

“I was born in The North of England in the historical city of York which is in the County of North Yorkshire. I have lived there all of my life (35 years) and it’s England’s friendliest place in my humble opinion.”

How Matthew Got Started in Genealogy

“I am currently studying towards my BA (hons) in History with the Open University and enjoy all aspects of the field especially the social side. I thought it would be really fun to link my own family to important historical periods and find out how they may have added to their own societies. I have only been seriously studying for 3 months.”

Matthew’s Thoughts on Blogging

“I started building it a month ago and it was a way to chart my own journey for myself and my family initially, but I think it will be pretty cool to share my findings on the way. How I got there as well as who I found, who knows it could be useful for somebody.”

Matthew’s Advice for New Bloggers

“Keep going. First and foremost write about what you love and don’t be too worried about how many readers you get initially.”

Matthew’s Favorite Blog Post

“My favourite post is “Heroes of Hope Street” I love the way families can be inter connected and this story has a coincidence that I love.”

Matthew’s Time with Ancestors

“With all of my study and full time work commitments it is tough but I try to spend 4/5 hours per week.”

Matthew’s Favorite Ancestor

“Harry Burt my paternal Grandad. He used to tell me old war stories and that is what sparked my interest in History. I am currently waiting on his WW2 service records and I hope to share them over the next couple of weeks.”

How Genealogy Has Improved Matthew’s Life

“It has given me a new passion, I know already that I am hooked for life on Genealogy. Plus I have already been in touch with several relatives I had never met before.”

What Matthew Loves Most About Genealogy

“I feel so proud each time I discover an ancestor entering some field of battle. I have learned of ancestors who fought in both world wars, the Boer war and even one Irish ancestor who fought with the Union Army in the American Civil War.”

Matthew’s Genealogy Bucket List

“To visit many of the places my Ancestors come from.”

Matthew’s Time Capsule Message

“Know where you came from and understand from whom you came and be proud of it.”

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

© 2015, 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.