Sunday, April 22, 2012

One Year of Blogging!

Well, I've kept up with this blog for a year now, and have made over 100 blog entries about my ancestors from an ambrotype photograph and newspaper articles, to various census records from 1870 to 1940! I have recently started sharing posts on Facebook, which reaches family members who otherwise have not subscribed to my blog. (If you want to be sure to be notified of new postings, see the How to Follow Me page.)

The top five blog posts by number of views are:

1. 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Weather, where I wrote about my memories of the Blizzard of '78 here in Massachusetts. I think people who lived through that Blizzard like reading about others' experiences.

2. A Small 1931 Family Wedding (Wedding Wednesday), where I shared the invitation, the guest list, and pictures from my maternal grandparents' wedding. I'm often surprised to see in the statistics that this May 2011 post is still read.

3. Glen Alpin, Harding Township, New Jersey, where I wrote about visiting two grand old houses of some of my paternal ancestors.

4. The 1940 Census is Coming... which was shared at blog as a Top Post during the Week of February 20, and therefore brought in a lot of readers who didn't otherwise follow me.

5. Occupations of my Ancestors: James Pyle & Sons, about my 2nd great grandfather and his sons and their successful soap business in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

I also have to mention that a very recent blog post, DNA Test Results from AncestryDNA, has gotten enough views to place it #6 on this top blog posts list. I included this link in my comments on a few recent blog posts about the subject of DNA, and that has generated traffic to this site.

I want to thank geneabloggers in general and Geneabloggers, the website, for introducing me to this idea of sharing my family history in bits and pieces for my family to enjoy.

Thank you to those of you who read my blog. I hope you have enjoyed it and continue to enjoy it!