I’ve been writing this blog for eight months. And in that time I’ve accomplished many of the goals I set. Not that I’m finished, because I want to achieve them over and over.
- I want to share family stories and photos with current family and those that will come later. I probably won’t be around for my great-grandchildren, so this is my way to reach them.
- I want to find distant cousins that can add to my lineage or with whom I can share mine. I’ve already been able to do that twice – once with someone from my maternal grandmother’s family (Oakland) and just last week
someone from my great-grandmother’s family (Fair) contacted me. And at a recent family reunion I found out that a couple of my Gochenour cousins read the blog. All of these folks might be persuaded to write some guest posts for me. I love this!
- I want to find homes for the family items that I have inherited. Things often go down the ‘wrong’ branch of the family tree. After a few generations of going with the in-laws, the object is far from it’s direct line. This happened with a photo I had, but someone responded to a blog post, I was able to return it to a more appropriate owner.
These are the things that make me happy. This is why I write a genealogy blog. I’ll never know if the information reaches through time to my great-grandchildren, but I’ve done my best to get it there. And there is a lot more to come. “Finished” is not a word you often hear in regard to family history research.