Saturday, August 25, 2012

Blogoversary #4 - Thank you, readers and cousins

Today is the 4th anniversary of starting Climbing My Family Tree. I'd been tracing my roots since 1998 or so, but it took 10 years for me to decide to blog about genealogy. Now, 327 posts later, I've learned a lot from the many bloggers who've been kind enough to comment on my blog entries, and even more by reading blogs written by fellow Geneabloggers. What a journey--and it's only just begun.

My very first post was about a family mystery: "When did great-grandpa die?" I found his death date by using the excellent NYC vital records indexes on the Italian Genealogy Group's site, sent for his death cert, and immediately had more leads to follow.

I've had many wonderful breakthroughs since then, but what I treasure the most is connecting with cousins, on both sides of my family tree and my husband's trees, sometimes with the help of you, my dear readers. Among the genealogical high points chronicled in this blog are:
Cousin Larry and his wife, Maureen, with my hubby
  • Cousin Larry Wood's visit in 2008, when we saw the family bible for the first time. Cousin Larry and I connected through Ancestry surname message board queries about Thomas Haskell Wood, hubby's g-grandfather.
  • Using tips in Dan Lynch's Google Your Family Tree book to locate my 1st cousin Ira, who I hadn't seen for many years before our reunion in 2009. Together we've reminisced about our Mahler ancestors and tried to identify old photos. Hi Ira, see you tomorrow (really!).
  • Researching "sideways" to get new insights led me, in 2009, to two 2d cousins I never knew I had. Plus I gained an "honorary" cousin and together we're researching the Gelbman and Schwartz families.
  • Staying in touch with 1st cousins, once removed, from my mother's side of the family, with genealogical discussions every few months. Cuz Betty has traced the Farkas Family Tree, and Cuz Harriet has helped me with recollections of the Schwartz side (quite intensively in 2010).
  • Great-aunt Ida, Dad, and Mom

  • Having a 2d cousin from the Mahler side find ME through this blog in 2010 was very exciting! Cuz Lois and her family are delightful and we see each other a couple of times a year now. Above, a photo of her mom, Ida, with my parents just before they were married.
  • Thanks to my blog readers, I found out in 2011 that the tall man in the military uniform was hubby's great-uncle, Captain John D. Slatter, of the 48th Highlanders in Toronto (who we now call "Capt. Jack"). See photo below right!
  • In 2012, I was able to determine, conclusively, that my husband's Larimer and McClure family connections lead back to Ireland, a discovery I wrote about in my blog post "I married him for his ancestors, St. Patty's Day edition."
Great-uncle Capt. Jack Slatter

Looking head, what adventures and revelations will 2012-3 bring? First, I'm busy scanning as many family photos as I can get my hands on, so there WILL be more photobooks and CDs of family photos to share with my sis, nieces, cousins.

Also, I'm following those little green leaves on Ancestry to find out whether there are family tree surprises out there.

Finally, I'm gonna keep on bloggin'. It's fun and has brought me many smiles.

Happy blogoversary to me and my family trees!



  2. Happy blogiversary Marian! Here's to many more!

  3. Thanks to everyone, including my friend Mary, who was foiled by the Captcha confirmation system and couldn't post...So here's her comment: "Congratulations on your Blogoversary and on the wonderful accomplishments you have achieved. I wish you many, many more years of blogging and connecting with family members."

    My best to you all!

  4. I'm family and I enjoy every post! Keep 'em coming! xoxo

  5. Happy Blogiversary to you!

  6. Miriam, congrats on your 4th blogging anniversary. I loved this post describing the connections you've made. I am just beginning my blog and have already found two new cousins, and I'm still exploring the ways I want to use the website. Keep the great posts coming. I've been reading you for over a year and you've sparked several research ideas through your experiences.
    Nancy Hurley

  7. Congrats on 4 years, Marian!!