Happy 1st Blogiversary Western District Families. I thought we would never make it, but 84 posts and 12 months later, here we are.
What a fun year it has been. It really was worth procrastinating about whether to blog or not to blog. Over time I have made some great online friends, met some previously unknown family members, and found out so much more about my Western District family. Western District Families even got a Google+ page!
I hope some of you have also found out something about your Western District family, where they lived, and the things they did through posts such as In the News and the Pioneer Christmas series. Maybe you have found an obituary of an ancestor at Passing of the Pioneers.
I have found that the act of writing out my family history has been so useful for my research. It has helped me sort out what information I have but more importantly, what I don’t have. Also, lining up the lives and events of siblings, in the case of the Harmans for example, has given me a better understanding of the dynamics of the family (can you tell I was a Social Sciences student?).
So what have been the most popular of the past 84 posts?
Which posts have been my favourite to share? Well it was hard to narrow them down to just five but here they are:
Over the past year, I have had made contact with Gamble and Jelly cousins and members of the Condon, Adams, and Oakley families.
I also heard from Rosemary of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her great grandparents were married in the original St Stephens Church in Portland.
Plenty is planned for the next 12 months. I thought I would run out of things to write about. Instead, I am finding it difficult to keep up with all the subject ideas I have. There will be more Passing of the Pioneers and later in the year, I will look at Christmas in the early part of the 20th century. Of course, I will have more stories about my family. I’ve barely touched on some of the stories I had planned when I started the blog as I keep finding more great stories in the meantime.
A big thank you must go to my fellow Australian geneabloggers. Your support and encouragement have been fantastic and you have all inspired me to keep going. What I have learnt from each of you has been invaluable. It was great to meet some of you at the Unlock the Past Victorian Expo at Geelong last year. Also to the 29 followers of Western District Families, thank you for following and for your great comments.
I must also make a special mention of my maternal grandmother, Linda Gamble (nee Hadden). Nana did not get to see my blog. She passed away six days before I published my first post. It was Nana that got me to this point. Her love of the past and her family inspired me almost 20 years ago to start researching our family tree simply to find out more about them for her. What a wonderful family she gave me.