Friday, August 21, 2009

Contact the blogger and maybe find a cousin!

So often I look at my traffic meter and see that someone has entered one of my ancestors full names in a search engine and found my site, payed a visit to my blog and yet, I didn't receive any communication from them. How many couples are there named "George and Honora Keener"? How about "Mary Matilda Henderson"? Any idea how frustrating that is? Especially when it's maybe a family that you're having a little trouble with, or a family that for whatever reason has lost touch. I keep looking at feedjit thinking "Why can't you tell me how to contact that person who came by?".

It truly pays to blog about your genealogy. Yes, I've been slacking on my blog posts lately but that doesn't mean that I've not been busy! I've been contacted by THREE - count 'em THREE cousins during the past two weeks! These were all people I knew existed of course, but hadn't been in touch with for years, or have never been in contact with directly myself. It truly is rewarding to have them reach out to me because of my little blog.

So, to my cousins that I'm now communicating with (you know who you are) - Thank you so much for reading, please keep coming back. But most of all, thank you for sending that first email and please do keep in touch!

To all those who might come across a blog with a name that you searched - unless you're ABSOLUTELY positive it couldn't be the same family - send an email! You never know, you might find a cousin!


  1. Cindy, I TOTALLY agree. I see folks reading my blog from my counter and they don't leave me any comment. I figure some are coming for a they are looking for the name in the blog...but no comment. It is most frustrating.

  2. I'm afraid to look at the search figures for my blog. I would probably be so frustrated I'd pop my cork. In each article I post on a particular family, I practically beg people to get in touch with me, and I have also put the CONTACT button on my blog. I've had some bites, but I'll bet it has mostly been nibbles.

  3. This happens to me, too, and it drives me up the wall. It's so obvious we're researching the same person, why not get in touch?

    Once, a person did leave a comment and no email address. Ugh! Still haven't found that person.

    Thanks for making the point.