Our latest blog profile features "Notable Characters: A Collection of Stories that My Mother Would Lov
e" by Deborah Martin-Plugh. Here Deborah introduces her blog:
I grew up with my mother's stories about our heritage--told in a caddywampus fashion usually while we were surrounded by boxes of photos and memorabilia--which always ended with the affirming statement that we came from "good pioneer stock." A few years ago I hauled out the old family Bible that had belonged to my great-grandparents, along with old clippings, tintypes, and cabinet cards that had been tucked away, and began the business of building the family history.
I trace back my family to Mayflower passengers Edward Fuller and John Billington, and a number of other Great Migration immigrants to New England. I also descend from Huguenot and Dutch families who settled New Amsterdam, and Quakers of Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and beyond.
After corresponding with many family members and fellow researchers, I promised to establish a blog. In the fall of 2010, I published my first post. Since I knew more about my mother's family, I began to share the stories of my genealogical journey with her family and then went on to include my father's ancestry. My posts reflect my field trips and networking experiences, but also my awareness that genealogy is about the lives of human beings and the times in which they lived.
Because my blog opened me up to a larger network of family members, researchers, associations, museum archivists, and historians, I was prompted to start my FaceBook page, "The Genealogist's Inkwell."
I see my blog as a wonderful two-way street that allows me to share and learn with a broader readership. 2014 plans include a trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts, to pursue more information about the whaling community and my seafaring ancestors and a trip to Somerset