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Family History and Genealogy as a Hobby

Updated on September 7, 2014

There are many approaches to family history and genealogy as a hobby - what is yours?

Many of us research, study, record and report our family history and genealogy with a passion - but even that passion varies from person to person. In this lens I hope to share some of my thoughts about and approaches to my family history and genealogy work... as a hobby.

Some have moved on to convert their passion for family history and genealogy work to a profession, a vocation, and make a good living doing what they love to do. Their story is for another place. Here, I want to focus our attention on the hobby aspects. Thanks for joining this journey

Image Courtesy of Deb Spradlin

Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories - I'm in the 1940 US Census

This is where is all begins - as well as the latest information. This blog post appeared the same day that I started creating this lens. No secrets here.

If you were to actually want to know my approach to family history and genealogy, perusing this blog is probably the best way to do that.

I always appreciate comment on my blog posts, so 'feel free' if you do stop by.

Three Kinnick Gentlemen
Three Kinnick Gentlemen

Of course, the past is important

We need to know our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents

I have had the pleasure of studying my mother's surname and family extensively. This passion is represented by these three gentlemen, but their three wives, of course, have contributed to my life and my love of family history as well.

My grandmother, married to Paul, back left, was born in Denmark, so that is one-fourth of my heritage. Alonzo, back right, Paul's father, married Nettie, whose father was born in Wales - more insights. Walter, in front, Alonzo's father, was a Civil War Veteran. His father, also Walter, was born the same year as Abraham Lincoln. His grandfather, William KINNICK, was a Sgt Major in the Revolutionary War for three years.

I believe you quickly see where my passion for family history and genealogy is rooted.

Iowa's Kinnick Stadium - home of the Iowa Hawkeyes - Love 'em or Hate 'em??

Personally, I'm an Iowa State graduate - so Iowa Hawkeye fans are not my favorites.

However, I try to cheer for Iowa when they are playing other teams.

Let's see if we can get some controversy started here, even on a hobby lens...

Iowa Hawkeyes sports teams - Love 'em or Hate 'em; explain in comments

Best of Springfield Genealogy Series on - I was recently asked to post this series - it fits in nicely here on this lens

I write regular articles for the online newspaper in the Springfield, Missouri, market on genealogy and family history. I was recently asked to publish a series on The Best of... in my topic area. This became the five part series I have linked, below: The Best of Springfield Genealogy. This link is to the first of the five articles.

It actually well represents some of my philosophies - the essence of this lens.

I look forward to your comments.

13 Ways on Amazon

I wrote this nonfiction book specifically to encourage others to share the ancestor stories they discover. I hope you will, as well.

13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories (2nd Edition)
13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories (2nd Edition)
How do you tell your stories? Here are some suggestions!

My family saga novels on Amazon - I think you will enjoy them - check them out, print or on Kindle

These stories are not autobiographical, but they are based on my observations of family and their relationships.

Thank you, in advance, for stopping by!! ;-)

Did I spark your interest in this fascinating hobby? I hope so

If so, why? If not, why, also?

Thanks for stopping by!


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