Hello world!

I was over on the Ancestry Aces page on Facebook, and Crista Cowan asked if we had a genealogy blog. I already have a blog or two; but, as I’ve thought about it, a genealogy blog sings to me a little bit.

I have no idea whether or not anyone visits my Babb site or my Washburn-Hill site; but, to the extent that anyone ever does, encouraging a conversation seems like a pretty good idea. Here it is.

My work has been in a bit of a lull recently. Although I now live within an hour of Laurens, South Carolina, I still haven’t been down there. I’m only a few hours from Henry County, Georgia, but haven’t been back there recently either. I haven’t been up north in years. I did get to help a little on the Seth Babb cabin raising up in Greenville, TN, awhile ago, but they’re somewhat removed from Kellet and Colville.

I have been working on indexing for the 1940 U.S. Federal Census, and have a new appreciation for those who have gone before me. I was exasperated that no one could find my mother’s paternal grandfather in Story County, IA, in 1880 because Washburn had been mis-indexed. Well, 100 batches into the 1940 census, I can tell you that reading some of these census takers’ writing isn’t exactly a walk in the park. One might have expected a little more conformity and uniformity, but one would have been disappointed.

Anyway, here it is: my first post on my genealogy blog. Feel free to chime in!

2 thoughts on “Hello world!

  1. Found you through the ancestry ace site and just wanted to say I was feeling the same way until I started indexing. Yesterday I kept looking and looking at a name and couldn’t make sense of it. I asked a friend to look and he saw CAROLINE immediately, and that was it. But I will keep trying before I put down a name that doesn’t make a bit of sense. lol

  2. Everyone should index just to get a feel for the challenges it presents. You’re off to a great start on your blog! Can’t wait to read what else you write.