New Genealogy Blog

It’s not like I needed another hobby. I love to read and knit in addition to keeping up with many other interests I enjoy, such as my favorite TV shows, movies, science, technology, and baseball. And it’s not like there’s no one else in my family working on genealogy; my mom has been working on it for nearly my entire life, and there are other folks out in the branches of our family tree working on related pieces too.

But the genealogy bug has bitten me whether I wanted it to or not. I’m not completely sure why I’ve been avoiding it all this time, except perhaps that I know how time-consuming it can be from my mom’s experience, and I hardly needed anything else like that. But it has been extremely fun diving into the research and it’s a bonus that genealogy draws on my interests in history, archaeology, photography, and genetics, along with my skills of organization and attention to detail.

Over the years I’ve occasionally worked on a particular project here and there that captured my interest. One that I poke at once in a while is on my Grandpa Wood’s side, where we have a possible connection to the Salem Witch Trials. Our ancestor is Sarah Proctor, but so far I’ve had trouble pinning down exactly which Sarah Proctor. It might be John Proctor and Elizabeth Bassett’s daughter, which would be a very direct link, or it might be her cousin of the same name and similar age. The most recent thing I learned regarding this project is that the records I probably need from New London, CT, to figure this out might have been burned by Benedict Arnold in 1781. But I’ve hardly given up; I just need to learn about better places to look.

My intent with this blog to write about my discoveries, frustrations, insights, and adventures as I delve into geneaology. At some point I also plan to start writing up stories about my family’s history, including the many photos my mom has been able to gather over the years. I hope to also share some family letters.

I am also looking into attending conferences, joining genealogical societies, and pursuing educational opportunities, all of which will be part of my adventure. Maybe this will lead to being something more than just a mere hobby.

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7 Comments

  1. Amy Coffin said,

    May 20, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Yay! Welcome to the world of genealogy blogging! You’re going to have a great time. I won’t steer you wrong.

    I’m looking forward to reading your upcoming genealogy adventures.

    P.S. I have ancestors from Blue Earth and Le Sueur Counties. 🙂

  2. Kristie said,

    May 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Thanks, Amy! My Minnesota family and ancestors are more in the north half of the state: Chisago, Carlton, and St. Louis Counties.

  3. May 20, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Nice looking new blog! Looking forward to reading future posts! Welcome!
    @SavingStories

  4. May 21, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill 😉
    http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/
    Author of “Back to the Homeplace” [http://thehomeplaceseries.blogspot.com/]
    and “13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories”
    http://www.examiner.com/x-53135-Springfield-Genealogy-Examiner
    http://www.examiner.com/x-58285-Ozarks-Cultural-Heritage-Examiner

  5. Kristie said,

    May 21, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    @SavingStories & @Dr. Bill – Thanks so much!

  6. Julie said,

    May 22, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Hello and welcome to the blogging world! This looks a great blog & I look forward to reading further.

  7. Kristie said,

    May 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Thank you, Julie!


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