Happy Blogoversary to Me! Five years ago Thomas MacEntee initiated a challange titled "Winter Games for Genealogists". Something about it appealed to me, so I joined the fun. Until that time I had been pretty much a solo genelogist. I volunteered at the local Family History Center but didn't belong to any Societies or genealogy groups. The Winter Games has changed all that. I became a happy Geneablogger. Reading other blogs gave me encouragement and inspiration. The memes that Thomas publishes daily also helped me to select topics.
Following Genabloggers on Facebook helped me feel as though I knew the different bloggers by name and I was encouraged by their generosity and friendliness. It was with some trepeditation that I signed up for the Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree in June of 2010. Once there I felt more than welcome, genealogists are very friendly and love to talk to others. I have been back several times and plan to go again this June.
Going to Jamboree taught me that there was a lot of education out there and I needed to take advantage of it. Since my first trip to Jamboree, I have also taken four genealogy cruises, joined the Southern California Gebealogy Society, and the Illinois State Genealogy Society. I have also joined a local genealogy group, Schertz Cibolo Valley Area Genealogists and as part of that group I am a member of FGS. I am currently at my second FGS conference and my first Roots Tech, I will also be making my first visit to the Family History Library before I return home.
Lynn Palmero's writing family history series of prompts has also helped me with inspiration and challanges. There are so many people out there I'm not going to try to name them all but each and every genealogist out there has helped me to become a better genealogist. Thank you all! It all began with the 2010 Winter Games.