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May I Introduce to You . . . Eileen Souza

Come meet genealogy blogger Eileen Souza, author of Old Bones Genealogy, in this interview by Michelle Taggart at GeneaBloggers.

I am excited to introduce to you Eileen Souza and her blog Old Bones Genealogy. Her blog is a potpourri of genealogy-related topics ranging from methodology, education, business and technology as well as her personal family history and opinions.

Eileen, tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up and what is your current hometown?

“I was born in Danville, Pennsylvania. When I was four, we moved to Essington, a small town on the Delaware River south of Philadelphia, where I grew up immersed in old Swedes and Declaration signers–playing on the sites of the Swedish Governor’s mansion and the John Morton homestead. I slowly migrated to Maryland via Delaware and arrived here in 1973. My husband, Paul, and I were married in 1982 and moved to Carroll County in 1985 to the house we live in today in Eldersburg, Maryland. My favorite pastime is reading mysteries (especially genealogy mysteries) and thrillers. My prior career was in the profession of Information Technology.

I spend my spare time with my husband, two sons, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.”

How did you get started in genealogy?

“I started doing research on my family when I realized I was the second oldest person still living in the family. I was sad that no one would know even the little I did about our family, so I was determined to find out more and provide it to my descendants. My personal US research is predominately in Northumberland County, PA and New Bedford, MA (Paul’s family). I also research my Tyrolean lines from Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy and my husband’s Portuguese lines from Portugal, the Azores and Cape Verdi Islands.”

When and why did you start your genealogy blog?

“I started my blog July 10, 2012 and joined GeneaBloggers immediately. In 2010, I began transitioning to a professional genealogist with the goal of going full time as soon as I retired, which I did on Dec. 31, 2011. In 2012, I had my business web site developed by a local company. I was advised to have a blog as part of my website, as it would draw potential clients to my site. I am happy I followed the advice as I find that I really enjoy blogging.”

What is your favorite post(s) on your blog?

“I was able to narrow it down to these three, not in any order of priority:

  1. Meet the Not So Honorable William T. Meisberger (1869-1929) at http://www.oldbonesgenealogy.com/52-ancestors-2015-edition-13-meet-the-not-so-honorable-william-t-meisberger-1869-1929/
  2. The Transitive Vampire at http://www.oldbonesgenealogy.com/the-transitive-vampire/
  3. William Condy Furlani – Days of Christmas Past at http://www.oldbonesgenealogy.com/52-ancestors-51-william-condy-furlani-days-of-christmas-past/

How has genealogy made a difference in your life?

“Initially, I found myself becoming immersed in my family. They were no longer names on tombstones—they became alive. The more I dug into the records, the more I found. You can never go back to not knowing them anymore. They become part of you.

Then I met others researching their families and made many new friends. I also uncovered several unknown cousins.

Finally, genealogy became my second career. I am now working in another profession that I really love.”

What is your favorite research tool or source?

 “I have several favorite research tools. I use Family Tree Maker 2014 as my primary data entry software supported by several other programs depending on the research problem. A couple of other favorites are Transcript, which I really love, Scrivener and Evidentia, which I am starting to use heavily since Genealogy Do-Over 1.

My favorite online source is Ancestry.com to which I have a world subscription. I have to admit while I do find documents on other sites; I find the most on Ancestry.”

What other genealogy blogs inspire you?

“I subscribe to over 100 genealogy blogs, about 10 DNA blogs and numerous technology, social media and writing blogs. I always learn something new from Genea-Musings, Eastman’s Newsletter, GeneaBloggers, Genealogy’s Star, The Legal Genealogist and many more.”

What is on your genealogy bucket list?

My bucket list is short. I would like:

  1. One last trip to the family home town in Pa to see if I can read the two illegible words on my 2nd great-grandfather’s tombstone photo, which will give me his town and parish in Co. Mayo, Ireland (See my post at http://www.oldbonesgenealogy.com/52-ancestors-1-edward-noble/.)
  2. To take trips to England, Ireland, Germany and Italy and see the places where my family lived.”

Please take a moment to visit Eileen’s blog at Old Bones Genealogy and see all that she has to share. Be sure and leave a comment to let her know you stopped by. Thank you Eileen for sharing your thoughts and insights with us!

© 2015, copyright Michelle Ganus Taggart, All rights reserved 

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 shelltag1@gmail.com

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