Happy Birthday, Steve's Genealogy Blog!

Today marks the 4th anniversary of Steve’s Genealogy Blog. Initially, I had planned to set up a web site where I could display my family tree and link the events in the tree to the actual images of the source documents from which I obtained my information and, instead, I decided to set up a blog. Little did I know then that my project to document my family history would become such a big part of my life.

I try to write something every day and, over the past 1462 days, I have written 1445 articles. So, I’ve been relatively faithful to this blog over the past four years.

Readership has been up and down: up when I write about methodology or tell stories from my family’s past, down when I post images of documents from my family history. That is to be expected. Most people probably find the endless stream of documents from my own family’s history to be rather boring.

Consequently, some of my most popular posts have been those I’ve written for the Carnival of Genealogy, especially those I wrote about the elementary school and high school I attended. Other popular posts are those from my trip to Poland last year when I wrote about the Saxon Garden and the milk bar in Warsaw. By far, the most popular article I’ve ever written was my contribution to the Carnival of Genealogy on Ethics in Publishing Family Histories. That single article was republished (with my permission) in a quite a number of genealogical society newsletters.

Most rewarding for me, however, have been the responses to the documents relating to my family history because those posts have allowed relatives with whom my family has not had contact for decades to find us once again. I have met distant relatives and learned stories of my family history through those new-found relatives.

Other readers, unrelated to me, have left helpful hints, corrections, and even links to online records I was having trouble finding on my own. Recently, one reader left the following comment:

“What I really like about reading your blog today —- was— that after I read about little Joanna, I glanced down at the related posts. And what I saw was the structure of that family history — and they came alive for me in that instant.”

I never noticed that phenomenon before but, if you check out yesterday’s post on the marriage of my cousin Teresa Chodkowska, you will notice that the automatically generated list of related posts include the birth records and death records of all of Teresa’s siblings!

No doubt, this blog has benefitted my family history research.

I have made so many new friends through this blog! Over the past four years I have had the pleasure to meet many of my faithful readers and my fellow bloggers, who always seem like old friends even when we meet for the first time. Indeed, when genealogists write blogs, they share their lives, families, goals, successes, and disappointments with the world. My readers feel like they know me before they ever meet me, and I feel the same about other authors of genealogy blogs.

I began this blog on April 18, 2006, which happened to be the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake which struck at 5:12 AM on April 18, 1906. Today is the 104th anniversary of that earthquake. Since I am a San Francisco resident, one might think that I purposely started this blog on that day but the timing was simply a coincidence. It was, however, a very significant coincidence. As the 1906 earthquake changed San Francisco, this blog has changed my life.

So thank you, my friends and my family who have followed Steve’s Genealogy Blog for the past four years. Your support means the world to me!

Copyright © 2010 by Stephen J. Danko

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14 Responses to Happy Birthday, Steve's Genealogy Blog!

  1. Donna says:

    Steve,

    Happy Birthday Blogiversary! Sto lat…

    Donna

  2. Barbara Poole says:

    Steve, First congratulations on your anniversary. From the very beginning, when you told our FTM group that you had a blog, I’ve been following you. There are a few funny incidents I’d like to mention. Four months after you started it, I went to a lecture at a FGS conference. Drew Smith was setting up his equipment and right up there on the screen was your blog. I was so excited, and promptly told him, “I know Steve.” Well, I hadn’t actually met you at that point, that came twice later, but still it was thrilling that he was going to discuss YOUR blog. I went around to a number of people, like Dick Eastman and the publisher of Internet Genealogy and told them about your blog. And even told Paula Stuart Warren, with whom I had a nice chat at NEHGS. I’ve been wanting to tell you all these years, but she said, “Tell him not to quit his day job” well, I think you will have another career, and you can quit your day job.

    I have also enjoyed reading the many comments left by others, and now I am following them, and of course, have my own blog. Now I’m waiting for some guest posts from you.
    You are one of the most dedicated genealogists around, nobody tops you. In four years, you have shared so much and we are all better for it. Thank you.

  3. Al Wierzba says:

    Happy four year anniversary! I wish you many more to come!!

  4. Mary Warren says:

    Steve – this is the first time, I believe, that I have stumbled upon your blog. I’ll be back, I promise! Happy Blogiversary~

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  6. Steve, wow, four years already? You have shared so much of your family history, genealogy and travels, it has been great fun! Watching your blogs growth from day one has been spectacular. I have enjoyed the ride and all of your success. Congratulations on your fourth blogiversary my friend. Anxious to see what the next four years will bring! Funny the earthquake comes up again isn’t it? :) Now I know why it was probably in the conversation that particular night! Hope to see you soon, maybe at a meeting somewhere?

  7. Congratulations! 4 years is a long time in the blogging world. Looking forward to 4 more.

  8. Steve, congratulations on four years! Yours is the first site I mention when I come across people researching Polish roots. I tell them how much I’ve learned about Poland and Polish records over the years just by reading your blog…and I don’t even have Polish ancestry!

    Here’s to many more years and many more posts!

    Miriam

  9. Jasia says:

    Happy Blogoversary Steve! How I wish I could write something clever in Polish but, well, that’s not going to happen.

    I think it’s great that your most popular blog posts were COG entries. And I’m grateful that you’ve helped make the COG as popular as it is today! And speaking of the COG… you haven’t participated in a while. Bet your numbers are slipping. Maybe you better jump back on board pretty soon or your blog may just slip away into nothingnes… LOL! JUST KIDDING! But seriously, the COG misses you! Come back soon!!!

    Congratulations on 4 terrific years of blogging!

  10. Sheri Fenley says:

    HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOU, HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOU, HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY DEAR STEEEEVVVEEE, HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOUUU !

  11. Steve,
    Congratulations on four fantastic years. It was so great to see you when Becky was in town. Hope we will meet up in SLC.

  12. Joan Hill says:

    Congratulations!! I really enjoy your blog — it is so honoring of your heritage. Happy Fourth!

  13. Lisa Alzo says:

    Happy Blogoversary Steve! Keep on writing!

  14. Apple says:

    Wishing you a very belated Happy Blogiversary! Your blog was one of the first that I discovered and it’s hard to believe that that it has been four years. I’ve learned much from you and your consistency has been inspiring.

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