The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Celebrating 8 years of Blogging, The Past and the Future

Lowell, MA, along the Merrimack River
I was reminded recently, that my 8th year anniversary, (or blogiversary) of blogging was upon me. My readers know I haven't been writing lately, but I thought I'd share a few stats, and perhaps these would prompt me into writing again.

Currently, I have 813 email subscribers, and 266 followers. To me, those numbers are pretty impressive, especially since I only wrote seven posts for 2017 verses 262 in 2011. However, in these past years, amazingly I have over 540,000 page views.

I began writing genealogy related posts, mostly about my ancestors, then went to cemetery reports, library visits to report about their genealogy collections, old houses, historical societies, a lot of posts about Lowell, Massachusetts, then to things to see and do in New England. I thought the Travel and Tourism posts would be more popular, but in looking at my daily top 10 hits, I think genealogy topics still reign (the list of my top 10 is below).

What's coming? To begin with, I'll start with my trips during the past year, they include: a castle, two athenaeums, a library or two, three shaker villages, several historical houses, an old fort, a historical society, a historical village, quite a few cemetery visits, and perhaps other sites I have forgotten about. Please remember, I am not a scholar nor a writer, so most posts are what I consider light.

I have gotten interested in DNA research, and plan on contacting more people either through Ancestry or GEDmatch.  I have over 27,000 4th cousins or closer, my closest is a first cousin, (I know her); a second cousin, (no tree) I wrote to but no response; a third cousin (no tree), we communicated, but she doesn't know the names of her grandparents; a 4th cousin (5th one listed), has shared information with me since 2000.

In closing, there are two things I want to say. First, I'm thanking all 1,000 or so people who hoped I would have something to share with them via my blog. I appreciate your interest in what I have to say, or just want to see photos of New England. Second, because I don't know what you would like to read about, please let me know. I would love it if you could give me insight into what you want, and I'll try my best to write about it, or point you in the right direction. Many, many thanks to all of you.

My tip 10 blogs, as determined by google (may be seen on right sidebar). The links are active.


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