Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Introduction

I've toyed with the idea of starting a genealogy blog before, but always come back to the question of "why?". What would I say? Who would read it? What would be the point? Sure, I might make connections with other people researching my family - but I have plenty of other ways of doing that which are working just fine. Do I really need more contacts to feel bad about not keeping up with?! With no satisfactory answers to these questions, I remained blogless.

Until now.

A few weeks ago I came across an article with reasons that were more compelling to me. I wish I could find it again to give credit where it's due, but I didn't realise at the time that what I was reading would stick in my head. Anyway.... among the suggested reasons was that it would get bits of my research, even if only bit size pieces, written up and even if I decided not to use them later it would give me practice in writing to make the task easier and the final product better. You see how long and clumsy that last sentence was? That's why I need a genealogy blog!

About my research
I've been researching my family tree, on and off, since my teens. It's a hobby that takes both time and money, and I rarely have supplies of both at the same time! Most of my family came from various places in the United Kingdom to Victoria, Australia in the mid to late 1800's and I have most of the bare bones of their time in Australia assembled. Almost a full skeleton, in fact, that I would like to flesh out some more when time and money again permits. My overseas research is more patchy.

Family names and places that I may eventually cover include:
FRENCH, TREGONNING and BENNETT - particularly around Avoca, Victoria, Australia
LEE, BAKER, COUPER and ALLSOP - particularly around Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia
STANNUS, ROBOTHAM and BLACK - various locations in Victoria, Australia

If anything I write is of interest to you, either from research purposes or just because you enjoyed reading it, please drop me a line!

There, my first blog post all done.

8 comments:

  1. Great post! Welcome to the geneablogosphere! Can't wait to read about your family research.

    Caroline Pointer
    Family Stories

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  2. Really the only substantial downside is that it steals time from your research... but, the argument could be made that attempting to organize treatments of some person or event helps sharpen your understanding of what you do and do not have, where gaps are, etc.

    Also, I need to write an introduction post myself. I've been bad and lazy.

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  3. Welcome to the world of geneabloggers.

    It helps to write several times a week. You will become very comfortable with the process.

    It also may connect you with someone else researching the same material that you are researching. The connections may be far more important than any research you do.

    Good luck! We're all here for you if you have any questions. There was a day when we all wrote our first post.

    -fM

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  4. Thanks so much for the encouraging comments!

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  5. Cool blog, it certainly makes for interesting reading, and it's a fun piece of inspiration for own, newly commenced blog. I look forward to reading more!

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  6. Cool blog, it certainly makes for interesting reading, and it's a fun piece of inspiration for own, newly commenced blog. I look forward to reading more!

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  7. Welcome to the world of geneabloggers.

    It helps to write several times a week. You will become very comfortable with the process.

    It also may connect you with someone else researching the same material that you are researching. The connections may be far more important than any research you do.

    Good luck! We're all here for you if you have any questions. There was a day when we all wrote our first post.

    -fM

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  8. Really the only substantial downside is that it steals time from your research... but, the argument could be made that attempting to organize treatments of some person or event helps sharpen your understanding of what you do and do not have, where gaps are, etc.

    Also, I need to write an introduction post myself. I've been bad and lazy.

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