My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Finally Two Years Old


For my second year Blogiversary, I had to take a special photo, shown on the left. It was taken about five miles from my house on a rainy, yet warm October 14th. It also serves as a reminder to me, to write about Garden Cemeteries.


Last year I wrote 302 posts, and this year 250. I'm trying to cut down on writing and spend more time on research. No brick walls have been solved, that's my biggest regret. But this doesn't mean I won't try to write interesting posts, I will try very hard. And, a rant or two might be fun.

One of the best things that happened this year was finally being able to see my grandparent's gravestone, a photo was taken by a cemetery employee.


I began a new series for Sunday posts, that being a listing of all the obituaries in the Lowell Sun newspaper for Lowell, Massachusetts. Usually I show just the name, where they were from and age. Two things I discovered, first, I receive a huge number of hits, and second, I found out that three of my classmates died last week, we were all the same age! After more than a month, none of the readers has asked me to send a copy of an obit, but I have them saved, ready to scan for their asking.


Two fun events happened recently. The New England GeneaBlogger's Bash was held in late August, and I met some bloggers there. Last week, I met top Genea-Blogger, Thomas MacEntee and several other bloggers in Boston.

In closing, I'll repeat what I wrote last year, "thank you to each of you who have followed me, left comments and / or encouraged me. Without you, I wouldn't have made it." Will I make it to my third, we will see.

26 comments:

Hummer said...

Happy Blogiversary! You are such a great gene friend. Keep it up!

Thomas MacEntee said...

Happy happy blogiversary Barbara! It was a pleasure (and fun) meeting you in Boston and I hope we can meet again. Keep up the great posting at your blog.

Lori said...

Happy Blogiversary! :) Here's to many, many more blogging years!

Carol said...

Congrats, it has been a great blog, and I enjoy your posts very much. Keep up the great work, you seem to have a knack for finding and sharing some unusual things, facts, places, photos. Thank you!

Gini said...

Happy Blogiversary, Barbara . . . looking forward to many more!

my Heritage Happens said...

Happy Second Blogiversary Barbara! Your blog is wonderful, you have so much to share! Looking forward to blogiversary #3!

Michelle Goodrum said...

Happy blogiversary! You had quite a year. Looking forward to what year 3 has in store from one of my favorite bloggers.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Congratulations on 2 great years to one of my favorite genealogy bloggers! Next time I'm in MA, we absolutely have to get together (even if I have to drag my kid along) - I so want your tour of Boston and NEHGS!

Here's to many more blogging years, and to some brick walls coming down!

Wendy L. Callahan said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Dawn said...

Happy blogoversary :)

Deb Ruth said...

Congrats! Sounds like an amazing year. So glad to have found your blog and made a new genealogy friend.

Looking forward to what the next year brings!

Deb

Elizabeth said...

Happy Blogiversary Barbara! And it was a pleasure to meet you at the New England GeneaBloggers Bash! I enjoy following you.

Julie Cahill Tarr said...

Congrats on 2 years!!

Nancy said...

Congratulations on completing two years of blogging. I think it's a great accomplishment. Here's to many more years!

Becky said...

Congrats, Barbara! And Happy Birthday to "Life from the Roots"...

Susan Petersen said...

Congratulations for this significant milestone, my genea-angel!

Les said...

Happy Blogiversary!! Two years and still going strong. Keep up the good work.

Barbara Poole said...

I'm speechless for once. Thank you to all 17 of you for your kind comments. Hugs to all.

Barbara Poole said...

Facebook "Likes" were from Terri Kallio, Marilyn Heitz, Ian Hadden, Brenda Dougall Merriman, Linda Hughes Hiser, Michelle Robillard, Shelley Murphy, Sharon Haas, Bill West and Brian Wolf Leverich. Thank you to you too.

Greta Koehl said...

Happy Blogoversary to one of my faves! Sorry I am late with the anniversary wishes; have been out of action for a few days. I'm in the same boat (wanting to focus a bit more on research), but I do still hope for continued enjoyable reading here at Life From The Roots!

Susan Clark said...

A belated but heartfelt congratulations and thanks. You've been such an inspiration to me. I don't think I'd have last even a year without your encouragement and example.

Barbara Poole said...

Greta and Susan, Sometimes saying "thank you" doesn't seem to be enough. Without your encouragement, I doubt if I would have continued. Here's to research and sharing.

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Belated blogiversary wishes to you.

Sheri said...

HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOU, HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOU, HAPPY 2ND BLOGAVERSARY DEAR BARRRRBARRRAAAA, HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOUUUU!

Barbara Poole said...

Amy and Sheri, you two have been following me from my beginning days, and I thank you for your wishes.

Kathryn M. Doyle said...

Barbara,
Sorry to be late to the blogiversary party! Congratulations on your second year. Here's to many more to come, and to an in-person meeting sometime soon.