I started this blog five years ago this week, back in January 2012. At the time I had no idea where this would go, but nearly 1250 posts later, it has been quite a journey. This has been a creative outlet and a place to publish my research, photos from my travels, and nuggets of personal and family history. I have used this blog to breakdown brick walls and connect with distant cousins. It has been an interesting and enjoyable platform for sharing what I find.
My most-read post continues to be my recap on my 9th-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Grinstead Key, published in February 2012. She has such a fascinating story, and I hope to locate original documents relating to her case with the Virginia General Assembly at some point in 2017 from the Library of Virginia in Richmond.
The beauty of the blog is I can publish what I want, in the order I want. Sometimes I publish an article aimed at a wider audience or aimed at potential cousins who may stumble on the research. In other cases, I am publishing photos or bits for my kids to see later, as they start to learn more about the great history in the family.
I plan to keep writing and posting for the foreseeable future, and if the blog goes another five years that will be quite an achievement.