21 June 2011

Community Spirit = Becky Jamison

Believe it or not, there are many genealogists and family historians out there that still don't know about Geneabloggers - who we are, what we do and why we do it.

We are a community of nearly 2000 bloggers who care deeply about genealogy and family history.  Some blog for profit, some for teaching and promoting genealogical education. Others use their blog as "Cousin Bait" hoping to connect with others researching the same family lines, yet there are others who use their blog as a journal for their own research. We each have our own reasons and purpose for blogging but there is one thing we all have in common - community spirit.

We support each other's endeavors with something as small as a comment left on a blog or with something as big as what Becky Jamison has done for me.  Becky Jaminson is the author of the beautiful and well-written blog Grace and Glory.  Her father, Ernie Margheim, also authors a blog called Ernie's Journeys which is where I found a post that he had written about Germans From Russia in Kansas.  I had emailed Ernie and Becky and told them all about my German Russian heritage and family in Kansas.  This was about 3 or 4 years ago.

Through a wonderful serendipitous moment of her own, Becky came into contact with someone in my paternal  BEFORT family line.  She remembered my family name and hooked the two of us up.  This could not have happened at a better time.  I was just about to put away that line of my family because I was so frustrated not being able to find living family members.

My heartfelt gratitude to Becky Jamison for thinking of me.  It is actions like this that help form the glue that keeps our community together.  There is no "Us" and "Them" in our corner of the world, only "We."
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