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Celebrating our 9th Blogiversary

July 4, 2020

On this day nine years ago, my very first blog post was published to launch Tracking Down The Family. The date was 5 July 2011. I had decided that I wanted to start a genealogy blog, so for my first post, I wrote about why and how I became fascinated in family history. I was very keen to write the story of my family, but could not see any time in the near future, that I would be able to do that, due to time constraints. I decided that I would write my family stories in blog posts. I now plan to publish a number of my 451 blog posts into a book early in 2021.

At the time of starting the blog, I had no idea how to blog, but I muddled along and worked it out. To be honest, I’m still just working it out, however I have learnt so much about the administration tasks involved in blogging.  I would never have believed that Tracking Down The Family would still be going strong nine years later in 2020.

During this year, there have been 52 posts published, so 2020 is shaping up to be the year of a record number of posts. I’ve been aiming to publish two posts per week, so am very happy to see that number. In 2020, I’ve been participating in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors Challenge which has kept me on track. The idea of the 52 ancestors challenge is to write a blog post about an ancestor every week, using the prompt provided.

In 2020 there was a series publishing letters written by  my great great grandfather Thomas Waters, to his family in Bedfordshire, England, in the years after his arrival in Australia. The letters were written between 1862 and 1866. There were nine posts in that series, transcribing one of the letters each week.

The Inquest series is currently running on the blog, with the purpose of examining inquests that were held for members of my family who were thought to have died by unnatural causes. The Inquest documents are transcribed in the posts. Up until now there have been five inquests published in the series with more to come during the year.

One of my favourite posts was one I wrote in the early days of blogging. Published in August 2011, the post was about my great great grandfather, titled ‘Joseph Henry Jones – Joe the Quacker. If you would like to read it, click  here 

In 2020 we find ourselves in the midst of a pandemic, so I have written a few posts about my experiences in relation to genealogy. Planned genealogy events were cancelled when the pandemic struck, but many of them were done virtually and many have been free as a goodwill gesture. There have also been many webinars online to keep a keen genealogist busy. I have watched many of these online events and have enjoyed brushing up on my research skills and learning about the latest in the world of genealogy.

There have been many cousins and extended family, who have contacted me after reading about our mutual ancestor on the blog. Some of those contacts were one off where we compared notes, and promised to keep each other updated with any new information as it came to hand. Others have become good friends, and we keep in touch regularly as family usually do. I’ve also appreciated the support of fellow researchers who have provided me with inspiration and many helpful tips along the way. The genealogy community is very kind and generous and I am forever grateful.

When I first started blogging, I had no expectation at all, that anyone would bother to read my blog, but over the years, my followers and regular readers have steadily increased. A big thank you from me, to anyone who finds themselves landing on Tracking Down The Family blog, and who takes the time to read my posts. For those who leave me comments, you make my day. I love reading and replying to your comments.

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9 Comments
  1. Congratulations on your anniversary

  2. Carmel Galvin permalink

    Congratulations on nine years of useful work. Little by little certainly seems the way to go to build up material enough for a substantial book. Well done.

  3. And you make our days with your commitment to geneablogging. Well done!

  4. Dara permalink

    Congratulations Jennifer!

  5. Linda Stufflebean permalink

    Congratulations on your 9th blogiversary. Hope you have many more fun years of sharing family stories.

  6. Happy 9th Blogiversary! Here’s to many more!

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