When I was writing my Christmas cards, I struggled to find anything interesting to jot down in a note to friends whom we see so seldom, if at all. My personal life has been rather routine – husband is still working, I’m still playing, no major health issues to explain THANK GOODNESS, no deaths to report AGAIN THANK GOODNESS, no changes in the family.
But as I look back on my blogging life, this year has been very busy and very productive. Here are my top 5 winners in 5 categories:
Top 5 Blog Posts
The top 5 are all Sepia Saturday posts which typically generate my largest number of visitors and comments since there’s an implied obligation to visit the other participants.
223 views Public Humiliation
233 views A Cure for What Ails Ya
260 views Cooling Her Heels
268 views Maper Session
295 views The Runaway
(Out of curiosity, I looked at NON-Sepia Saturday posts to see what readers found interesting. The 52 Ancestors meme took top honors along with one non-meme post.)
Top 5 Personal Connections
- Leta LeVow’s son found my blog, emailed me, and then called me. Although I am sure I was more excited than he was, he and his children were VERY excited to see his mother’s photos and stories featured so often. They were also very eager to tell THEIR stories about her.
- My Grandma’s ex-boyfriend’s nephew found my blog and emailed me. He and I have the same photo of William Novash. How random was that??
- I found descendants of my great-grandmother’s sisters on Facebook. My New York cousins were friendly enough in the beginning but have ignored my attempts to get photos or information. Still I’m proud of my sleuthing that led to our brief connection. Maybe one of these days they’ll open up.
- Nancy, a friend from college, found my post where she was featured and emailed me. She called and we talked and laughed for over an hour. That was so much fun.
- I met fellow bloggers Colleen Pasquale and Cheri Passey at the National Genealogical Society Conference held in Richmond this past May. (And if I hadn’t been so shy, I would have met Michelle Ganus Taggart too!)
Top 5 Genealogy-Related Activities
- Being asked to join the “May I Introduce To You” Team at GeneaBloggers
- Indexing/transcribing for Greene County, VA Historical Society
- Indexing – World Wide Indexing Event
- NGS Conference
- Research trip to Rockingham and Rockbridge counties
Top 5 Discoveries
- Anne Elizabeth Breeden Jollett – Using the Freedman’s Bureau records at FamilySearch, I found Anne and her children in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Previously I couldn’t find her after 1860. Her presence in Shenandoah County confirms part of the story about her son William Jollett (aka William Boyd).
- William Pendleton Herndon – A pension application revealed the story of how Pension Agents scammed him out of money he was due for service during the Revolutionary War.
- Mary Jollett Forrester – Her name had been in my files for a very long time but with no further information. In the most unusual bit of serendipity, my friend was contacted through Ancestry by a descendant of Mary Jollett Forrester who is distantly related to my friend through their Walker line. My friend then relayed her information to me, which then led to my discovering what became of Mary Jollett Forrester. I suspect she was a sister to my James Jollett based on the fact that both claimed a mother named Mary.
- Finding the sale of Leonard Davis’s land by Mitchell Davis, his siblings, and their mother might be just the document to seal the deal on my application to the DAR.
- Simeon Jollett/Jolley – What became of Simeon and Nancy Glass Jollett after they married in 1822 and witnessed a few marriages and land transactions was a mystery until I decided to look for him as “Jolly” and “Jolley.” Suddenly, there they were in Ohio.
Top 5 Best Money Spent
- Genealogy Bank
- Professional genealogist in Florida to work on my Slade line
It’ll be tough to top all this in 2015. New Year – bring it on!
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