In this issue, we introduce a new occasional column that will highlight blogs of interest. Randy Seaver wrote a well-received article on blogs and blogging, “Welcome to the World of Genealogy Blogs,” in the November 30 issue. After the article appeared, Randy sent me a list of some blogs he followed, particularly ones with a New England or New York focus. I contacted the bloggers, asked if they’d like to be featured in The Weekly Genealogist, and requested that they write introductions to their blogs and explain why they began blogging.
Our first blog profile is by Heather Wilkinson Rojo:
About four years ago I started blogging on a local Londonderry, New Hampshire, website, www.londonderrynh.net, with some local history and genealogy stories. After a while I decided to start my own genealogy blog, and I called it Nutfield Genealogy, after the original name for Londonderry and Derry, New Hampshire. My first blog story was in July 2009.
My blog includes my own genealogy stories, as well as local history and genealogy. I've included some posts on genealogy trips we've taken to Spain to research my husband's family, and a trip to Hawaii to research one of my New England sea captain ancestors who went to Honolulu. I donated much of the material from Hawaii to NEHGS after that trip.
I've been doing genealogy research since I was a teenager. I rode my bike to the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester to research my family history before I could even drive a car! In high school I took a local community college class in genealogy, and discovered NEHGS and other archives around Massachusetts. I was lucky to go to college in Cambridge, Mass., so I could research at NEHGS. I continued to drop by NEHGS on and off for many years, but didn't become a member until later when my own daughter started to ask questions about her family tree. Now I'm an empty nester, with plenty of time to visit NEHGS and travel around New England to work on genealogy stories.
After thirty years of research I decided it was time to take all that data and write up the stories I found. This is why I decided to blog. It is a baby step to perhaps writing some articles or books someday. It has been very easy for me to write a few paragraphs every day with all the great stories I've collected. Soon I hope to take the next step towards writing up longer articles!