Saturday, May 25, 2013

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY - Whew!


I never thought I'd get here - one entire year of blogging!  Yeah!!

This is the 37th post I've completed since the first one on May 25, 2012.  Many fewer than I'd originally thought I would do, but I'm happy to have posted that many - a new goal for the coming year of blogging will be to do MORE!  I'm still getting my blogging feet under me, as I ponder the purpose of my blogging - aside from "cousin-fishing".

Thank you to those of you who have been so encouraging to me about blogging:  Bill West, Susan Clark, Moises Garcia, Jill Ball, Albert Riezebos, Tessa Keogh, Leslie Lawson, Carol Stevens, Kathy Reed ... and so many more.  The comments I've received have been very encouraging, or amusing, or helpful, or thoughtful.  Even a "+" makes my day!  Maybe after a few more years I won't be wondering if anyone is reading these blogs.

Cheers to y'all, and I'll be continuing of course.

This year I'll continue working around my dead-ends in my ancestor lines, learning to search through more different databases, and digging through indexes or records page by page, line by line, as necessary. I have lots of time, after all - I just turned 70 a few weeks ago, and I'm determined to hit 100 as several women ancestors did!  One died at 102 (great health until the very end), one at 98 (ditto), one at 96 (a few years of challenges)... but still, I certainly have good genes!

On the right, in 1924 in New York city, a 4-generation photograph of my Mom (2 yrs old) in her mother's (GrandPete) arms (44), GrandPete's mother Gussie (67) on the far right, and her mother Hattie (97) looking at her, talking.  Love this photo of my Grand's with Mom.
On the left, here's  the more recent 4-generation photo:  me (25) on the right in July 1968, on the way home from the nearby hospital with 1st child 5 days old, GrandPete (93) in the middle, my Mom (45) on the left; sitting on the porch of the house where we lived since January 1954.  Note the "G" on our screen door for "Gillespie"!

Hopefully one of my 4 children or grandchildren will be interested in all the genealogy details I've been able to find.  I need to find other 4-generation photos if possible - they're so touching...

19 comments:

Christine said...

Congrats Celia! Looking forward to the next 37 posts. And then to your two year blogiversary. But maybe even more so to the next 4 generation photo!

Celia Lewis said...

Thanks Christine! I've been scanning photos, and gathering more from various cousins on one side of the family. More to come I hope!

Shelley Bishop said...

Congratulations on your first blogiversary, Celia! I look forward to reading more in the year to come!

Celia Lewis said...

Thanks Shelley. Some days it's been a struggle. Every comment or + makes my days!

Susan Clark said...

Bless you, Celia! Your posts have kept me going this year and inspire me to get back to work as soon as I can manage. Congratulations on a great year.

Leita Stovman said...

Congrats Sis!! Love the blog and all the interesting things you find out about our ancestors!! Keep it up! ♥

Jill Ball said...

Celia, I'm so pleased you decided to start blogging. Your posts are so readable and interesting.

Congratulations on your first year and best wishes for lots more blogging. I'll be reading.

Celia Lewis said...

Thanks for your comments, Susan. In some ways I've slowed down more (to smell the roses etc), in others I've never been so busy with my genealogy! Interesting year, indeed. Take care.

Celia Lewis said...

Thanks Leita - I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment on my bits and bobs here! And, did you see all the great details I managed to find this past week on the Gillespie men, the Armstrong and Morrison women?? Late 1700s-early 1800s Ireland. Very exciting!

Celia Lewis said...

Thanks Jill - you were also one of the many encouraging people in the genealogy blogging world who helped me decide that, just maybe, I could actually do this! Cheers and sincere thanks!

Nancy Delphenich said...

Love your banner and congratulations on your anniversary. Hope I have time to set up a genealogy blog when I retire.

Celia Lewis said...

Thanks Nancy - I highly recommend retirement ASAP! Although, I find myself quite busy sometimes, with all these lovely activities: genealogy, gardening, grandchildren, and creative writing... let alone visiting with friends & family! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Barbara Poole said...

Congratulations Celia! I know the one year blogiversary is indeed a big deal, hopefully, it will get easier as the blog ages. You are the one person who has commented the most on my blog via G+, you've been too kind, and I thank you. Now, have some of your leftover birthday cake as a treat.

Celia Lewis said...

Thanks Barbara - I really appreciate your comments. It's been harder than I thought it might be to do regular posts! I might try to get more organized for this year - well, it's a thought! No birthday cake (we do other things) but I'm out for another celebration this evening. Cheers.

Midge Frazel said...

Happy Blogiversary! Loved he 4 generation photo. We look so young today, don't we

Celia Lewis said...

Thanks for dropping by, Midge. Oh my I've changed since that photo was taken in 1968! Nice memories looking at these photos - I'm trying to scan all my photographs and albums before the summer's out, including ones my several cousins have lent me. Cheers.

Julie Cahill Tarr said...

Congrats on your one year anniversary, Celia!

Celia Lewis said...

Thanks, Julie! It was a big milestone for me. Now to get into a more regular routine of blogging! Cheers.

Leita Stovman said...

You'll hvae to post that info one of the days. It's a good read and info.

Welcome!

Family, friends, and others - I hope you enjoy these pages about our ancestors and their lives. Genealogy has become somewhat of an obsession, more than a hobby, and definitely a wonderful mystery to dig into and discover. Enjoy my writing, and contact me at celia.winky at gmail dot com if you have anything to add to the stories. ... Celia Lewis