I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Jenny Lowe and her blog, Genealogist Journal, described as, “. . . A family genealogy blog sharing research on the following families, Lowe, Rasor, Odette, Richards, Welke, Dargatz, Klukas, Findsen, Marlin, Bowen, Van Dusen, Pinkerton, Evans, Havins, Guthrie, Morgan and associated families.”
Jenny was born in Ketchikan, Alaska and is currently living in Yakima, Washington with dreams of moving to the Washington State Islands.
How Jenny Got Started in Genealogy
“I have been actively researching since I became pregnant with my daughter almost sixteen years ago.
My mother would bring out family heirlooms and old pictures several times when I was a little girl. I had a passing interest at the time, wanting to be outside playing but all the stories, heirlooms and pictures stuck. Blessed with a natural love of history and solving a mystery it gave me a spring board to a genealogy passion.”
Jenny’s Thoughts on Blogging
“I created my blog, Genealogist Journal, to share with family and distant family interested in what I was researching and finding, I thought it would be easier to share the information on a blog where everyone could have access. My secondary reason was to have a platform to find distant cousins, to collaborate on family history and to make a connection with others also interested in history.”
Jenny’s Favorite Blog Posts
“This is a hard question. I actually have two favorite blog posts. The first one is a mystery/puzzle I have been working on, ‘Who is Aunt Betsy Jenkins, Part 1’. I thoroughly enjoy the ‘hunt’, the piecing together a mystery of this article.
The second blog post is ‘Military Monday: William Woodson Bowen, Confederate Soldier during the American Civil War’. William Woodson Bowen is my 3rd great grandfather that I knew very little about. I have much information on his father Ahab Bowen and his son William Booker Bowen. William Woodson Bowen had always been a bit of a mystery for me so finding his Confederate pension papers was amazing!”
Jenny’s Tips for New Bloggers
“Searching on Google or Mocavo is an art form, learn it well. When searching, think outside the box. Remember, not everyone in the past was good at spelling.”
How Genealogy Has Improved Jenny’s Life
“It is a wonderful hobby/passion that keeps me out of trouble! Not only have I learned so much about those who came together to create ancestral lines, I have gained a vast knowledge of history. The puzzle aspect of genealogy has sharpened my deductive skills and has greatly improved my research skills. On the lighter side, genealogy has helped me in decorating the walls of my house! They are plastered with pictures of my ancestors!”
Jenny’s Favorite Ancestor
“My favorite ancestor would have to be Lily Mcllhaney Bowen. I remember hearing stories of her when I was a little girl. She is my 7th great grandmother who came from Ireland with her family as a fifteen year old girl. Reportedly she was fiery as her red hair. She captured the heart of John Bowen a man close to forty years old. They moved down to August County, Virginia and created a life there. Lily far outlived her husband but she was an intelligent and strong woman. She organized supplies for the American soldiers during the Revolutionary War. All of her sons fought in the war so she would be interested in supporting them. I know I would! I am very proud to be a descendant of Lily. For me she optimizes the strong American spirit.”
What Jenny Loves Most About Genealogy
“I love the hunt of an elusive ancestor. I love the camaraderie of sharing information and pictures with others who have the same passion.”
Jenny’s Time Capsule Message
“It is hard to know where you are going without knowing where you have been.”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Jenny’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Jenny, it’s great to have you here!
© 2013, 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!
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