|Birthday Cake With 2 Candles|
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When I wrote my first post of this blog on October 12, 2012, I wondered if anyone would ever read my blog. And there were more questions -- what to write about, how much to write in a post, how often.
Today, Celebrating Family Stories is two years old. Thank you to those of you who read my posts, who share information with me, who contact me in a variety of ways, and who have bided with me as I continue to try and answer my questions.
What have I learned in two years? For starters, NEVER be surprised at what I learn about a family member. NEVER stop looking for elusive information, although taking a break from a person for a while can make me anxious to return later on. NEVER underestimate the importance of having my facts straight before I write a post. And CONTINUALLY to be surprised at the posts that seem to click with others.
My most read posts this year dealt primarily with using technology and organization in gathering family history. The top five were:
- Flip-Pal Tips
- Transcribing Letters
- Where Is It? Organizing My Laptop Files
- My Top 10
- Saving Up For a Rainy Day
As for my favorite posts, I especially enjoyed writing those where I felt I have started to know an ancestor as a person. Among them are these three:
- The Hat Made Me Do It Information and a photo shared with me by a cousin lead me to take new look at my Great Aunt Charlotte Vaughan.
- Learning More About the Civilian Conservation Corps gave me a new connection to a part of my father's life.
- The Camp Family Letters were a series of posts written over two months as I learned more about Josiah Camp, Raleigh Camp, and my 2 GreatGrandfather Thomas Lumpkin Camp through the letters they wrote to family members.
Now, let's eat some cake.