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I'm sure that you may have heard that Cyndi's List was stolen. Someone copied Cyndi Howell's entire website and put it on his or hers and pass it off as being Cyndi's List. This is just unthinkable. I can't imagine what she is going through or how anyone managed to do this hideous act. As we all know, there is only one Cyndi's List and it will always be the true and only Cyndi's List. When I started doing genealogy, I literally learned how to sue the internet and how to trace my family history by using Cyndi's List. You could say Cyndi's List was my first mentor and an excellent one at that.
I still use Cyndi's List and recommend it to everyone and always will. It's on most of my lecture handouts and it's the first place I tell beginners they need to go.
I hope that whoever did this to Cyndi will be caught and gets everything that person deserves. Give Cyndi your support at her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/http://www.facebook.com/CyndisListCyndisList) as she has to deal with this culprit.
I am now a proud member of the Geneabloggers community. What does this mean for you, my readers? It means that I will be improving my blogging skills by learning through other more experience genealogical bloggers, have more news and fresh ideas to make my blog more interesting and be able to point you towards other genealogy blogs that you may enjoy. I'm really excited to be a part of Geneabloggers.
My blog has been added to the Ohio Blog list. You can go to the list at: http://www.asenseoffamily.com/p/ohio-blogs .
This list is for people with Ohio ancestors and those who write blogs who are from Ohio or have Ohio ancestors. It was created by Shelley Bishop. The Fall 2012 issue of the OGS News has a great article by Shelley called "Using Genealogy Blogs for Ohio Research. I wish I had known about the Ohio Blog list before Shelly's article was published but I'm honored to be on it now, even if I wasn't listed on it in the OGS News. Take a look at her website and blogs and read the article if you get a chance.
What would you like to read about on this blog? Genealogical "how to's", ancestors' stories, more of my ramblings about experiences I've had speaking, going to conferences, or whatever strikes my fancy at the moment? Let me know what you'd like to see on the blog.
Have you heard about Genealogy Wise (www.genealogywise.com). It's like Facebook but everyone on it is doing genealogy. How cool is that! A place just for genealogists to connect.
There are thousands of groups you can join on it. Groups for surnames you are researching and groups for whatever your genealogical interests are. Check it out. I'm sure that you'll find something of interest on there.
I haven't decided yet what this blog will be about or whether it will be about a particular genealogical topic. There are already so many good genealogy blogs, some topic-specific, some general.
I could blog about Allen County, Ohio genealogy and history, writing genealogical newsletters, society management, my speaking experiences, my experiences from a beginner to a more advanced genealogist, or tips and "how to" posts. Please post your suggestions on what you think this blog should be about or whether to keep it general with a variety of topics.
For now, it will be my ramblings along the ancestral trail.
Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail
Deborah A. Carder Mayes is a genealogist and speaker in Northwestern and West Central Ohio. She has been researching her family history and actively involved in the genealogy community since 1998.
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