Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happy Blogoversary

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Happy blogoversary to me! I started Know Their Stories one year ago today and after 55 entries, it’s still going strong.

I’ve come to terms with the fact that maybe two people read this blog. I didn’t start Know Their Stories for page counts, I started it so that I could share my family’s history with those who were interested and carry on my grandmother’s legacy. On that level, I believe I’ve succeeded. Along the way, some new cousins have stumbled upon my blog and provided me with valuable information about my family. That’s been a wonderful surprise. The stories are out there for people to find, and those who are curious will find them.

Know Their Stories has pushed me to do better research. While writing posts, I’ve discovered inaccuracies in my files and had to go back and work on proving that lineage. The most recent example of this is the posts I wrote about Temperance Burns, my third great-grandmother. The blog has also enabled me to dive deep into stories that were once fragmented and pull them together into one narrative.

The most popular posts on Know Their Stories in the past year:

How Many Times Was George Beck Married?

Wallace Partridge: Civil War Soldier

Scandalous Ancestor: Alvin Jared Howe

Some of my favorite posts:

The series on Gil Cook, a B-24 pilot killed by friendly fire during World War II

The series on my Australian ancestors, the Colemans and Dwyers

A birthday post in memory of my beloved grandmother

I feel that I’ve only gleaned the surface of our family history thus far, and there’s so much more to write about. So, I’ll keep writing. Here’s to year one of Know Their Stories, and many more years to come.


  1. Happy Anniversary! I found you through GeneaBloggers. I subscribed to the emailed newsletter. I've been researching my family for about four years. My father's side of the family was a taboo subject. My father punched a hole in the dining room wall very angry and wouldn't discuss it. I do have a blog for my art but I never thought of doing one for my family research. I have so much information now that a blog would be a great place to start. My queston to you is how did you start it with your parents, a family story, a picture? I will check back here for the answer or you can email at Thank so much!

    1. Hi there! Thanks for your nice note. I love blogging about family history. I think it's a great way to share as you research and get your information out to a wide audience. In just the past year, this blog has connected me to several new cousins and a wealth of family information. It's also out there for posterity, for whomever is interested.

      I didn't set a specific starting and ending place in terms of what I write about. I just picked a family member that interested me and told a piece of their story, and then went on to another family member. I do some jumping around, but just didn't want to be constrained by what I "should' write. If I feel like writing about my mother's family on Monday and my father's on Tuesday, that's okay.

      I hope you do start a family history blog! It's a lot of fun.


    2. Thank you! I may try to do that too. Just the story on why I even started will be a good start. I met two cousins (they are sisters) I didn't know I had on my father's side. One sister has been researching her family tree for 10 years so I was able to get more information. Thanks again!

  2. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! It is wonderful that you are recording your family history. I started my family history blog in 2011 and have connected with many distant cousins. You have done a great job!

    1. Thanks for your message, Michelle!

      I absolutely love your blog. You're doing some amazing work there. Very inspiring! I'll definitely be following along.

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    1. Thanks, Jana! I appreciate you stopping by, and thanks so much for the mention in Fab Finds!

  4. Erin,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Happy Blogiversary! Here's to many more. It is a good feeling getting those family stories out there for others to find. I've found that blogging has helped me to be more organized. I can easily now do a search on my blog to find out what I've accumulated so far on an individual.

    1. Hi Andrea! Thanks for your note. Yes, I've found that blogging helps me be more organized, too. I'm really enjoying that aspect of it.