Friday, August 19, 2011

Follow Friday: Iowa Girl Memories and On the Trail of Hillhouse

It seems as though life has gotten in the way of regular blogging this summer and some may have noticed that I haven't been keeping up my usual "Around the Blogosphere" posts. But, I've still been tagging my favorite posts in my Google Reader and if you scroll down this screen, you will see a blog roll of my favorite posts from other bloggers.

That being said, this week, I'm returning to a Follow Friday post because I feel a great sense of pride for these two people who started blogging about their family history this week.

On the Trail of Hillouse - This blog is written by my long time friend (since 1983), Jan Eloise Morris. Jan is what I would consider a true Renaissance woman with many varied interests. What I sometimes only dream of doing, Jan actually does. She has recently returned from Paris, hosting a tour for fans of The Doors and Jim Morrison and a pilgrimage to Pere-Lachaise cemetery, where Morrison is buried. We became friends through our connection to country music and have had some great times in Nashville together. I also had the most wonderful 50th birthday weekend a few years back when I visited her while she was living in Los Angeles. As much fun as L.A. was, I'm glad to have my friend back in Nebraska.

I've been talking about genealogy blogging with Jan for months and after she heard me speak about blogging last weekend and using this format to share family history that she came home and within 24 hours had her blog up and running. Jan has an eye for graphic design and she also is able to weave her research into fascinating stories. Jan has also organized and conducted town tours in southeast Nebraska.

I love what she has already done with her Hillhouse blog and look forward to reading more.

Iowagirlmemories - The other blog I want to share this week is written by Evelyn Pecht. Evelyn was also in the class I taught on blogging last weekend. Evelyn and I had been in contact with one another before since our Pecht families come from the same area in Pennsylvania. We are most likely related - it's just a matter of discovering how. Evelyn started her blog this week and it is really taking shape.

One of Evelyn's posts this week is about her Grandma. This really struck a chord with me, as I have similar memories of visiting the hen house for eggs! Evelyn is an eloquent writer who is able to paint pictures with her words. I'm looking forward to reading more from her and watching her evolve as a blogger.

I hope you'll find Jan and Evelyn's blogs as interesting as I do. Please pay them a visit and welcome them to the genealogy blogging community.

1 comment:

  1. Following both! Looking forward to their genealogy adventures!