Sep 21, 2014 9:00 PM

One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by none other than Randy Seaver (thanks, Randy!) who writes the blog “Genea-Musings” and others.

Here the Rules for the "One Lovely Blog Award":

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog
2. Share Seven things about yourself
3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!)
4. Let your bloggers know that you've tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award

Here are my seven things about myself (I’ve done similar memes before, so I tried to think of seven new things- phew!):

1. I was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, where more than 10 generations of my ancestors were born and lived. We don’t move around a lot. It is still only about one hour away from where I live now.

2. I was interested in family history as early as I can remember. I was the kind of kid who liked to sit with the old folks and listen to the stories. I took my first college class in genealogy when I was fourteen or fifteen years old.

3. I went white water rafting once. It was class three and four rapids on the Rouge River in Ontario. At one waterfall 8 out of 10 people fell out of the raft, including our guide. I managed to stay on board, along with one other terrified person. Who do you save first? Your husband or the guide? We managed to get everyone in except for a woman who we didn’t see for another two hours (we were relieved to learn than another raft picked her up). A few days later I found out I was nearly 8 weeks pregnant. No wonder I felt queasy. I haven’t been rafting since.

4. My first real job (other than babysitting and raking leaves) was as a “page” at the local library as a high school student. This was a glorified gopher position. I re-shelved books, ran errands up and down stairs, dusted, covered and repaired books, and filled in at the desk when the librarians took breaks. Then I did the same thing for three years as a college student for my work study job to help pay for room and board.

5. I wanted to be a computer programmer but my high school advisor was appalled and talked me out of it. He insisted that my choices were teacher or librarian. I went on to teacher college and ironically I learned how to teach coding to middle school students. Somehow I wish my advisor had mentioned genealogy, but the teaching and computer skills have come in handy as a blogging genealogist.

6. I met my husband on the second day of college at a mixer. (Do they still do “mixers” or am I a dinosaur?) I went to an all-women’s college in Cambridge, and he was there with a group of men from MIT (there were very few women at MIT in those days). The rest is history.

7. I recently moved north of Manchester, New Hampshire. I miss “Nutfield” AKA Londonderry, but I’m enjoying being near the capital of Concord and all the genealogical archives and vital records. Londonderry is still nearby. There is something new to explore every day, and that has been a lot of fun!

Nominations –

I’ve done other “Lovely Blog Awards” and similar memes in the past, so I tried to think of blogs that haven’t been mentioned yet. Randy already named some of my favorites, but I have a huge list of genealogy and history blogs on my blog reader. I also noticed that none of his nominees posted their lists yet (doesn't that break the chain?). I’m only allowed to nominate fifteen blogs. Here are some I think you will enjoy (not all are New England blogs, there are two Hawaiian themed blogs here, and two collaborations of worldwide writers, too):

1. “My Maine Ancestry” by Pam Carter
2. “Let’s Talk New England” by Amylynne Baker-Santagate
3, “World Wide Genealogy” a collaboration edited by Julie Goucher
4. “Cow Hampshire” by Jan Brown
5. “The Road Backward”by Karen Howes
6. “Ho’okuleana” by Peter T. Young
7. “Thomas Gardner of Salem, MA” by the Thomas Gardner Society and John M. Switlik
8. “From Maine to Kentucky” by Elizabeth Pyle Handler
10. “Streets of Salem” by Donna Seger
11. “Past is Present”by the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts
12. “The Family Connection” by Jeanie Roberts
13. “theumiverse” by Umi Perkins
14. “Two Nerdy History Girls” by Loretta Chase and Susan Holloway Scott
15. “Journal of the American Revolution” a collaboration edited by Todd Andrlik, Hugh T. Harrington and Don N. Hagist

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