Who am I and Why am I Here?

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Blogging 101 Day One

So, here we go, day one! Today’s assignment is ‘Who am I and Why I’m Here’. Now at first reading this was a little alarming, very philosophical and deep, I thought. But it isn’t about the meaning of life at all – it’s merely about my blog!

It actually resonated with me, because one of the things I have been meaning to do is to update my ‘About’ page. It’s one of the pages people click onto when they arrive at my blog, and I haven’t actually looked at mine for a while.

I was almost afraid to revisit it, thinking it would be so irrelevant and very amateurish. When I began, two and a half years ago, I knew absolutely nothing about blogging. I wasn’t even sure what it was. But I thought it would be a good place to base my family history search. It seemed to be somewhere I could put things, and be able to find them again at a later date. Somewhere I could write bite size pieces of information as I found it.

Looking at my ‘About’ page, at it’s most simple, I wanted to go through what I had regarding my family history and put it in some sort of order.

I’ve left it as it is, so you can take a look if you want to.

Basically it’s just your average family history blog, but as I have an interest in creative writing I was hoping to fill it with good writing!

Who am I, and Why Am I Here? I am Jackie Dinnis, and I am here to find my grandfather.

That’s it in a nutshell. It was why I began looking. And no, I still haven’t found my grandfather. But, as I’ve searched, the journey has given me many cousins and other relatives I had no idea existed. So, I am ‘About’ learning how to be a genealogist!  Learning how to do all sorts of things I didn’t even know were out there.

I blog publicly, I also keep a private journal. Through my blog may of my family have found me, which has been an absolute delight and never fails to excite me. Beginning my search, I thought I had one auntie and one cousin (and her two children). Now I have found many, many relations. My family has grown. I’m not so alone as I thought I was. Even the one cousin I have has become so, so much closer to me as we’ve shared photo’s and memories.

I love connecting with anyone via my blog. The ‘Comments’ section always excites me, and I also hope I have made my email and Facebook presence obvious, so that people can contact me in many ways.

More than anything, I would love to get a message from someone saying ‘I know who your grandfather was, and can put you in touch with his family’. He must be long dead now, but I would love to get to know what sort of man he was and what he was ‘like’, to see if I am like him in any way.

That will continue to be my goal, no matter how long it takes.

To get to know my grandmother (Queenie Cockett) go to my blog and look under the Search button.


About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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6 Responses to Who am I and Why am I Here?

  1. devilrockz says:

    A super interesting concept! I’m going through your blog with a keen eye for ideas to find my own long-lost relatives now…

  2. Kelli says:

    what a great reason to blog! good luck in your search!

    • My mother was adopted, I see from your site you will understand what that meant to her! Won’t say any more in case I say the wrong thing 😉 xx

      • Kelli says:

        You’re right =] and not to worry, it’s hard to upset me. I’ve done genealogy on both sides of my family, my biological family and my adopted family. I find them both rewarding. My biological family shows me where ‘my people’ came from, the blood we share. My adoptive family gives me the ‘culture’ of my family and the morality and life lessons taught. It’s the best of both worlds! I look forward to following your journey.

  3. What a great post, and so intriguing! I hope you do find your grandfather one day. In the meantime, I’ll be checking in regularly to watch your 101 assignments as I am doing the course too. Good luck with everything.

  4. I find the whole family history journey so incredibly interesting. The stories that start to unfold and the connections everything is just amazing. Can you tell that I have already started down the rabbit hole?

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