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PHOTO: Bahalachin Ethiopian Jewish Center executive director Solomon Akale (left), Schelly and Solomon's brother Yasu, at an event spotlighting the Center's plans to build a Heritage Center and Museum. The evening, which included traditional foods and a performance by the center's folklore ensemble, was held at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador in Tel Aviv. A future article will cover the importance of genealogy to this community

Who's interested in genealogy?

As a researcher and journalist who writes on genealogy and family history research, I've heard that question and others: "Don't you have anything else to do?" "Why are you bothering me?" and the classic "Everyone's dead - who cares?"

I've interviewed 80-year-olds who ask those questions and then begin to recall childhood memories. My phone sometimes rings at 3 a.m. as the caller, oblivious to international time zones, says, "Quick! I just remembered something. Write it down before I forget."

Genealogy isn't only about those no longer with us. Family history is as much about the living, making connections, linking past to present, preserving and transmitting our unique history to our descendants.

It shouldn't be just a dry list of names and dates. It is about discovering our ancestors' origins and lives. We honor and remember our ancestors as we share discoveries with our families.

The mystery of history - more precisely family history - has fascinated me for nearly 20 years, and I've been writing about genealogy for more than a decade, in addition to speaking at international conferences, teaching online genealogy classes, blogging and, of course, researching my families and that of my husband.

My genealogical interests range far and wide, and this new blog will provide opportunities to investigate even more resources, publications and events across the field. I'll share interesting and useful information noted in newspapers and magazines as well as new books. Local and international events of interest will be noted, and you'll learn how these can help you and your research.

Most importantly, because genealogy is more than a two-way street - more like a multi-lane highway - your input is very important to this process. I'd like to know what you think, the topics you want to see covered and the genealogical problems you're having.

Send in your comments, requests for topics or questions on your genealogical problems. Share a new resource you've discovered and how it has helped you, a new book you've read, or anything else related to genealogy.

I'm looking forward to reading your messages.

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  1. If I was a beginner, I'd do just what Schelly wrote to do. It's perfect and one needs to do family history with the genealogy to put it together for future generations. Most of us are just making the connection between the two now!
  2. I enjoyed looking at your blog and have added to the list of interesting genealogy blogs on my own two new genealogy blogs. For the past two years I have written a blog on business applications of the web. Recently, I started two genealogy blogs to share the extensive family history research I did two years ago. At first I just shared it with my cousins. A blog seems a great way to reach a broader audience.

    One is the Ives Family History Blog, covering my father?s family going back to William Ives, co-founder of New Haven, as well as those who married into the family (e.g., Bassett, Dickerman, Yale, Atwater, Peck, Cooper, Day, Humiston, Bishop, Dunbar, Rich and others).

    The other is Sharp Family in NC covering the history of the Sharp family of Harrellsville, North Carolina. My grandmother is a Sharp from Harrellsville. It also covers some of the families who married into the Sharp family (e.g., Winbourne, Hare, Parker, Powell).

    For both blogs, I am also doing brief histories of where they lived and travel tips for the locations.

    I would be very interested in any feedback you might have. I plan to take on my mother?s side with some new blogs after I see how these work. If you think these blogs might interest your readers as examples, links to them would be greatly appreciated. Here are the links to my genealogy blogs

    Ives Family History Blog
    http://billives.typepad.com/ives_family_history_blog/

    Sharp Family in NC
    http://billives.typepad.com/sharp_family_in_nc/

    Thanks, Bill Ives


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