May I Introduce to You . . . Emma Jolly
I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Emma Jolly and her blog, The Blog of Emma Jolly, described as, “. . . My blog features occasional reviews, comments or insights on the world of family history today.”
Emma, please tell us a little about yourself
“I grew up in quiet, rural Lancashire and now live in the very busy capital city of London.”
How long have you been doing genealogy and how did you get started?
“I grew up living with my grandparents who used to tell me bits and pieces about their childhoods. As I grew older, I wanted to make sense of the places and people they were talking about. They had both been born and raised in the Black Country (the West Midlands of England), which was an area I didn’t know at all. Neither of them were keen to give me exact details of their family. This, of course, only made me more curious and determined to find out all I could.”
When and why did you start your genealogy blog?
“I created a genealogy blog to accompany my website. When my website was revamped a few years ago, I took some of the resource pages I had on my original website and adapted them into features. Lots of my friends are writers and I like to review their books. I’m often asked by family history publishers to review their titles. More recently, I have been dipping my toe into the deep and mysterious waters of genetic genealogy. I’ve been delighted to review various DNA products from a family history perspective.”
Emma, is your favorite post on your blog?
How much time are you able to spend researching your ancestors?
“I work as a professional genealogist and research every day except Sunday.”
Emma, do you have any favorite ancestors?
“This varies but I tend to like my female ancestors. I admire all of them for raising as many children as they did (anything from one to thirteen). The most beautifully named ancestor was Violetta, who died when she was just 23. She died without knowing what impact her short life would have on the world. I hope she would be happy to know that she has hundreds of descendants alive today, doing all kinds of interesting and helpful things.”
What is on your genealogy bucket list?
“To identify my mysterious Ashkenazi ancestor.”
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Please take a moment to visit Emma’s blog. Be sure to leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Thank you for the opportunity of getting to know you a bit more, Emma!
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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.