Thursday, January 02, 2014

Happy New Year

Ahem.

Hello.

Anybody out there?

Boy, I sure am rusty at this blogging stuff. It's been a while. Quite a while.

I find myself staring at a blank page and wondering where to start. I have no idea. I didn't sit down with an outline of what to write. I just wanted to write something to break the ice, so to speak. It's a new year and I guess it's time for me to get back into blogging. In order to do that, I have to have something to write about. That means I'll have to get back to doing some genealogy and family history research. I haven't done anything along those lines in over a year.

A couple of months ago a dear friend sent me an email informing me that records from the ancestral village of one of my family lines are now online. I was delighted to learn that. I went to check them out and realized it was all foreign to me. Of course it would be because the records are written in Russian (Cyrillic) and I don't read Russian. But that aside, I realized that I've been away from everything genealogy-related for long enough that I can't just jump in and pick up where I left off. I'm going to have to learn the ropes again and that will take some time. The blogging will have to come along somewhere down the line after I get comfortable with what I'm genea-doing. ;-)

Anyway, if there is anyone still following this blog, Happy 2014! May your year be filled with genealogy successes!


26 comments:

  1. I'm still here just waiting for your next blog post to show up in Feedly! Happy New Year!

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  2. Oh Randy you are such a dear! Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog. It's so nice to know somebody still has me in their feed reader, LOL!

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  3. Can't wait to see what comes from you in 2014!

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  4. Happy 2014, back at you! I'm still here and looking forward to whatever you discover and share in the year ahead.

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  5. I'm here and so excited to hear from you again, my friend! Happy New Year!

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  6. Wow! Thank you, Jeff, Jacqi, and Miriam! So very kind of you to stop by and comment. And thanks for keeping Creative Gene in your feed readers. :-)

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  7. Hey girl! Been snowed in or what? Inquiring minds want to know . . . ;>

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  8. I feel the same way, I just can not find things to write about. I am on a hiatus you could say LOL. About the Cyrillic, would getting a translated alphabet help or is it all in cursive writing?

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  9. Happy New Year to you, Jasia! Great to hear from you again!

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  10. I'm still here and happy to read whatever you write whenever you write it!

    I totally get what you are saying. The great thing about blogging is your blog is still here ready and waiting for you, and so are we. :)

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  11. With all the comments you received you should have confidence that your blog is still timely and your friends are awaiting further news from you. Glad to see your post and I know you will continue to have research success and will share it with all of us!

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  12. Jasia, looking forward to hearing more from you in 2014! You're still in my feed reader, which I don't even look at since Google pulled the rug out, but my Firefox knows where I'm going when I type c..r..
    ;-)
    Cynthia hit the nail right on the head re: blogging! Have fun!

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  13. Jasia - So glad you are still around! Let me know if I can help out with the Russian.

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  14. Well I am downright flabbergasted at how many of you haven't given up on me, LOL! Thank you all for being good friends and loyal readers of my blog. I am still trying to figure out how to get started with my genealogy again. Not sure if I should just jump in or create a plan of action first. My usual tendency would be to just jump in and go for it however with this being the start of the new year and all I'm thinking perhaps it would be a good idea to try a different way for a change. I'm still mulling things over. I will keep you posted!

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  15. What a joy to see your post! We do get rusty after a hiatus, don't we? However you proceed, I shall enjoy following your progress.

    As to the Cyrillic records - if you can get transliterations of the surnames you are seeking (hand and typewritten) you will find them tremendously useful in narrowing down the records. It becomes a literal jigsaw puzzle, matching word shapes and patterns, but is quite doable.

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  16. Of COURSE we're still here!! And happy to hear from you. Can't wait to see what will be happening here in 2014.

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  17. Happy New Year Jasia! I am feeling similarly about my own blogging. Whenever I get really lost I start with myself again. :)

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  18. I'm here, but I just found you!! And I'm thrilled. I'm still learning about genealogy, but I've been studying it awhile in how it pertains to my mother's family. In fact, i was so thrilled to find Creative Gene, because I wrote (do I daresay?) novel about my 9th great-grandparents! I took the facts that I could find, added in the family lore that abounds, and wrote a fictional account of how they sailed from England in the 1600's to Massachusetts and then wound up on Long Island. I would LOVE to know how you feel about writing creatively about one's ancestors! Looking forward to your blog when you are ready! I like what Jennifer Shoer above said, "Whenever I get really lost I start with myself again" So true with genealogy or blogs!!

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  19. Welcome back. Now, if I read my reader more regularly, I would have discovered this days ago. My bad! Have missed you bunches and bunches!

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  20. I was glad to see you back. I was just reading your Haplogroup H blog. Thanks to taking the time to do that, it has helped me as I have just jumped into the DNA world this last year.

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  21. Apologies if this is repetition, but you cannot do better than http://www.langline.com/ITW_Russian.htm Should it be unavailable, it is worth the wait to get hold of a copy. Always exciting to be able to read your own records, and those of your ancestors' contemporaries

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  22. Hey Jasia - Good to see you again. I've been in the same boat. I haven't formally taken a hiatus with Nordic Blue, but the past year brought so many demands I could not keep up with them all. Once you're hooked on genealogy you can never totally give up! Ebb and flow... the stuff of life.

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  23. Heya, Jasia, I've been missing your blog and presence. But for me too, life happens, and I have been spotty -- at best -- where blogging is concerned. But good to see you at your old blogging stand.

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  24. Another resource that has just "opened up" in a big way is genealogy books in ebook format.

    Amazon recently introduced its Kindle Unlimited program, which allows you to borrow and read as many Kindle ebooks as you like, for $9.95 a month. I wonder if genealogists have grasped what a godsend KU may be. Here's why:

    In the genealogy section of the Kindle ebook store on Amazon, along with the how-to-climb-your-family-tree books, there's a huge number of reference and raw-data collections, from histories of specific families to ships' records, newspaper abstracts, etc. The problem with such books in the past has been that you didn't know until after you purchased one (whether a print or a digital copy) if it contained information relevant to your own research.

    With Kindle Unlimited, this pig-in-a-poke problem vanishes.

    Here's what you could do to further your research without gambling on books that may or may not have anything of use in them (to you). With a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you could borrow ten genealogy ebooks (the maximum allowed at one time). Then you could flip through them, or use your Kindle device's search feature, to find any information of use to you. If you don't find anything, then you can simply return them and borrow ten more.

    I know that these days, there are tons of information for ancestor hunters available for free or for a subscription fee at the dedicated genealogy websites such as Ancestry.com.

    But there's still a lot of data locked up in various small-press books and books by individuals writing their own family's story. Kindle Unlimited gives us genealogists a virtually cost-free way to unlock those books -- at least the ones that have been committed to ebook format (and you might be surprised how many there are).

    By the way, you don't even need a Kindle device to read Kindle books. You can download a free Kindle reading app for your smartphone or laptop that will do the trick. (Also BTW, I do NOT work for Amazon.)

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