Saturday, February 23, 2013

In The Beginning...... Year 4: Maybe This Year!

As I begin my 4th year of blogging about my family history and genealogy, I find myself winding down and writing has become more sporadic. This past year I was down to posting an average of four times per month. As this year progresses I hope to start writing about some of the hard, but important topics that I've been putting off.

Maybe this year I'll finally tell the story of my maternal aunt Lela, the aunt my siblings and I didn't know we had until we were in our 20s. Up until then, we all thought our mother was an only child. I've put Aunt Lela's story off because I have so pathetically little to tell really. There's a host of unanswered questions. Any who knew her are now gone and there doesn't seem to be anyone left to pump for more information. Not only that, but probably most, if not all records concerning Lela's sad life have been destroyed with my mother's consent.

Maybe this year I'll get the rather incredible story told about my husband's "illegitimate" grandfather, that Italian, woman loving, seducer of his sweet, young, and innocent grandmother. My husband's niece, Dana, made a special request that I tell this story soon...after all, something could happen to me and then no one would have the details to tell it like I can.

Maybe this year I'll finally finish transcribing the diary of my paternal great grandfather, Oliver Wallen. That will surely bring about more stories to tell! It would also please a few family members who have waited patiently to read the full version instead of the partial, tampered-with version created by Oliver's daughter Sula. Sula meant well and it was her efforts that made the diary known to the rest of the family and her version is what eventually interested me in our history.

I suppose my blogging will slow even more this year than last, but there will always be new stories to tell as long as I'm still working on the genealogy and history of my family...and I've been doing that since 1995, with no intention of stopping..ever! There are always new cousins with which to confer and share, and exciting new photos of ancestors surface from time to time as do new record sources. I am always amazed at what each new year brings. The story never ends! 

Maybe this year will be the most exciting year of all!



  1. Lisa, Happy 4th Blogiversary! Since you promised to continue posting, that's good enough for me. You've written some of my favorite posts, and I look forward to what you have to share down the road. Congratulations.

  2. I for one cannot wait to start reading!

    Happy Blogiversary!

  3. Happy 4th Blogiversary! I concur with the other commenters.

  4. Happy Blogiversary, Lisa! Please keep sharing your stories! We enjoy them so much.

  5. Congratulations on beginning another year. It takes such commitment to keep up with blogging, don't you think?

    Your Aunt Lela reminds me of Luxenburg's Annie's Ghosts. He, too, thought his mother was an only child. Have you read it? I thought his research methods were helpful in suggesting new ways to find out about ancestors.

    Again, congrats!

  6. It sounds like the best is yet to come. Happy Blogiversary.

  7. I love reading family stories ...I so look forward to them appearing on here.I am sure that as long as you blog ...maybe once a month or so one will mind when the wonderful posts appear. I so need to get back to FH blogging and scrapping. xx

  8. Happy Blogiversary and I look forward to continuing reading your blog!

  9. Congrats on four years, Lisa! Best of luck with your goals for the year...maybe this WILL be the year!