family history writing

Book of Me: What do you enjoy?

What do you enjoy?

I enjoy a good mystery – from watching crime shows on t.v., to reading a thrilling mystery novel, to hunting down missing members of my family tree.  The hobbies I enjoy most all seem to have mystery in common.  I suppose it goes to my enjoyment of solving a good puzzle because I also enjoy logic problems and Sudoku.

Every problem has a solution, and I like to find the answers to them.

When it comes to genealogy in particular, I can be quite dedicated to my search when I’m on the hunt of a missing ancestor.  My husband would tell you I get obsessed, tunnel-visioned, overly focused.  He’s a true genealogy-widow at times.  I feel like my family history is my real life mystery to solve and it satisfies for me the desire to case a good mystery to solve.

I’ve found a couple of “interesting” things in my family tree, some of which I have yet to share with my extended family because they are the skeletons in the family closet.  They were mysteries I didn’t know needed solving until I found the answers.  In other cases, I’ve solved the origins of the first family who came from Ireland, which was a brick wall for years and years.  I still have couple of mysteries that I don’t know if I will ever be able to solve – the cases of the missing fathers – two men who both went “missing” within a couple of years of each other, leaving their wives to raise their children alone.  One supposedly died in a fall of the ferry in NY harbor, and one likely walked away to never be seen or heard from again.

So, for me, I enjoy the hunt for answers to questions about my past and to the world around me.

Blogiversary: Roots of Kinship is 3 years old!

Today is the third anniversary of Roots of Kinship as a blog!  I have not been able to spend as much time as I would like on the blog in the last year, as I’ve been very busy with my day job, including a lot of travel.  This year, I’m resolving to plan better and publish at least one post per week – even if a small post.  To make that easier to do, I’m working on a plan for my 2016 posts, and trying to write and schedule posts in batches.  I figure if I can spend a day a month planning my weekly posts, then I’m more likely to keep that resolution.

But in the last three year, I’ve increased the reach of this blog bit by bit.  Here are some stats that capture how this blog has “grown” in three years.


  • Total Views: 286
  • Total Visitors: 49
  • Likes: 3
  • Comments: 1
  • Posts Published: 34
  • Most Prevalent Countries:
    • United States: 268
    • Australia: 12
    • United Kingdom: 6


  • Total Views: 1969
  • Total Visitors: 1128
  • Likes: 18
  • Comments: 19
  • Posts Published: 27
  • Most Prevalent Countries:
    • United States: 1426
    • Brazil: 175
    • Italy: 41
    • Netherlands: 35
    • US Virgin Islands: 28
    • Australia: 25
    • Canada: 23
    • Ireland: 21
    • France: 19
    • United Kingdom: 18


  • Total Views: 6488
  • Total Visitors: 3945
  • Likes: 16
  • Comments: 14
  • Posts Published: 17
  • Most Prevalent Countries:
    • United States: 4854
    • United Kingdom: 235
    • Brazil: 210
    • Canada: 204
    • Australia: 178
    • France: 124
    • Italy: 67
    • Germany: 64
    • Netherlands: 50
    • New Zealand: 27

Most of my success this year was in large part to my most popular post of the year – so even though I posted the least out of three years, I received more traffic this year than any previous.  “How to… Get Organized with Researching My Family Tree” has garnered 3117 views all by itself.

My best referrers from within the genealogy community have been:

Thank you to everything these blogs and websites do to support the community of genealogists and family history writers!

And thank you to everyone who has read my blog and taken an interest in the family history I have to share!



By Ashashyou (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons