Sunday, July 12, 2009

Inaugural Post!

Hello, and welcome to Desperately Seeking Surnames!

I've spent the last 9 years researching my family history. At times I have become desperate as I waited for a response from a library, courthouse or other researcher. But I have not been deterred and continue on with my search.

The amount of information that has become available online since I started genealogy research in 2001 is nothing short of amazing! The increasing number of online databases and images has certainly helped me. What I am now finding to be even more amazing is the explosion in genealogy users of social media. Messages boards and mailing lists are being left behind, we now have Facebook, Twitter and BLOGS! I will admit I am the first to adopt any new type of technology when it comes to making my research more convenient. I will also admit that I have become overwhelmed with the amount of information that is now being fed to me via my Twitter and Google Reader accounts. It is my hope that with this blog I will be able to bring some organization and direction to my research. I need to get serious with my research plan and start making some progress on some of my lines.

In addition to my research progress, I will also be posting updates and additions to the Genealogy & History Library Links website. This website has a wealth of domestic and international information. GHLL has been a great help to me and I hope you will find the site just as useful.

Thanks for reading!
Jenna