Thursday, November 24, 2016

My 1st BLOGIVERSARY-Debby’s Family Genealogy Blog

A look back at the last year- I owe so much thanks to fellow blogger and good friend Diane Gould Hall (Michigan Family Trails) who has helped me tremendously this past year, from setting up my blog to many suggestions and ideas to help me in my blogging endeavor.  I had tried several years ago to start a blog but never really got it off the ground.   Diane’s biggest suggestion was to blog regularly.  The goal I set for myself for the year was to write 50 blog posts.  While I have tried to post weekly, that hasn’t always worked out, but I’ve managed to write and publish – 53!   Some of my Favorite Posts this year- Are always my posts about my paternal Great Grandmother- Carrie’s letters.  Here are a few:
All time History Page Views- 3,698
Followers – 10
 What I’ve learned:
  • I think my research is more focused when I am working on a topic for a blog post.
  • When I am telling the story of my research I frequently find I have more information then I thought I had when I started writing the story.
  • Writing a summary of my research helps me realize where my gaps are and gives me a direction for more research.
My Frustration is that there never seems to be enough time to do more research and write more posts.

My goals for this next year: 
  • To once again publish at least 50 posts. 
  • To find some more ‘cousins’ to connect with
  • Finally complete my edits and research on Carrie’s Letters and get them published
I found out I can have my posts printed in a book format in order to save them.  I think this will create a good family story for me to save and share.

A Special thank-you to fellow bloggers Randy Seaver (Genea-Musings), Diane Gould Hall (Michigan Family Trails) Jana Iverson (Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog) and Thomas MacEntee -Genabloggers (May I Introduce to You….) for mentioning me in their blogs and patiently offering guidance as I learn how to do this.  
A VERY SPECIAL THANK-YOU TO ALL MY READERS!  I enjoy the comments you make and/or questions you ask.  I’m always looking for new directions to search.    It has been such a great year for me as a blogger.  I am looking forward to next year. On to future discoveries and new cousin connections.

Enjoy the journey,


  1. Happy Blogiversary to you, my wonderful friend. I enjoy your posts and look forward to this next year as we blog along together. Where will we go? What adventures in research await us? I can't wait to find out.