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Interesting Thing Happened on the Way to Blogging

  Interesting things happen when one blogs.  Someone said," use phrases that catch the eye and the mind, get the readers attention."  But my mind obviously does not work the way others do and it leaves some readers very confused, so I am told.  

I mentioned in the last blog having a home for your research questions to go to, to roost. To help you wind your way through the maze of documents and data and information that is today presented to a family historian or genealogist.

Liking to think that our local society is my home for asking questions and getting guidance when I am not giving guidance.  Home is basically a comfort zone and new researchers can be very intimidated quickly with so much information that is out there.

One's other home can be the society that is where your ancestor lived and the support, help and guidance they can give is so valuable.  They are familiar with the court records, the documents and some times even your descendants down line kin. 

So for those that read my previous blog and were lost it had to do with joining a society and having a home to go to for help as needed whether near your house or near your ancestors home of long ago.

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Comment by Leeann Boone on July 26, 2012 at 8:34pm


I didn't read your last blog posting in question in this latest blog posting because like others have mentioned for themselves, I find that I don't have the patience to go through and read the blogs but if I find a title that catches my attention then I will atleast take the time to skim over the post.


It's your blog so I beleive that you should blog the way you feel comfortable blogging. If anyone needs something clarified I'd bet that you'd be more than happy to clarify for them. Anyone that has a hard time reading and understanding your blogs would NOT want to read any of MY attempts at blogging lol =) We're not all great writers and or typers! ;)




Comment by Kate Wagner on July 26, 2012 at 7:08pm

Melinda, the issue was a poorly written and confusing blog post.  It had nothing to do with quoting anyone nor did it have anything to do with citing a source.

Comment by Melinda on July 26, 2012 at 5:15pm
I'm not sure what the issue is. Since the words are in quotes, it looks to me that Susi was quoting someone. In a place such as this site, although we are constantly being told to cite our sources, perhaps this was an oversight on Susi's part and quite easy to remedy by asking her who said it.

I definitely agree that it's important to have a "home" to go to when doing research. For me, that is often talking to the people here, and sometimes outside of here (such as on G+ in a hangout or on the phone) especially when working on a common area of research. And while I do belong to a genealogical society, it's on the other side of the country so I really don't get to take full advantage of it. There are others I think might be great to join, but I'd be joining them all if I could. I limit myself to patronize local libraries such as the SF Main Branch and Bancroft Library. My favorite library by far is the Sutro.

Susi, I don't have the patience to read blogs in general, but when I do see a topic that catches my eye, whether because of the topic or a catch phrase, I'll stop to read it. I'm very grateful to hear through reading your blog that the Sutro is reopening on Wednesday. I plan to be there that day! Thanks for sharing this long awaited news!
Comment by joe wilson on July 26, 2012 at 4:59pm

Using Catch phrases is a good idea


Comment by Kate Wagner on July 16, 2012 at 11:45am

Susi, since I am the person you are referring to, I would like to take the time to clarify and correct the content of your most recent post. I was not confused nor was I lost with regard to your "previous blog post."  As a writer, I found the opening phrase "catching" only in that it made no sense, grammatical or otherwise.  Also, I was a little miffed that the last time you came into the room and posted a link, the link took me to the general page for links on  I am not a person who gets "lost."  I am, however, someone who takes my work and writing seriously, and I value my time.  I do not wish to waste that time sorting through someone else's writing that forces me to edit it before I can make sense of it.




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