For more than a decade I have been researching the histories of my families. My hard drive contains images, interviews, documents, charts — all, more or less, organized by type and by family and by date. I keep a family tree on Ancestry.com; also partial trees on Geni.com and MyHeritage.com. For a genealogical database I use Reunion for Mac. A cabinet in my dining room has notebooks and loose papers, a jumble of mostly the same stuff on my computer. So why add another place for genealogy, this blog?
First, I hope it gives me the opportunity to share some of it with relatives who are not interested in the kinds of minutiae I keep on paper and in my databases. Second, i hope it might attract other people researching branches of the same families, so that we can meet and share information. Finally, I hope to use it as an irregular research journal, wherein I can jot down findings, half-developed thoughts, mysteries, wild goose chases, and other adventures in my own genealogical research.