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What is this Blog?

Welcome, all, who have stumbled across my humble, little blog. Here I will be sharing a variety of information related to my ancestors and genealogy, in general.

Who am I?

I am a self-taught genealogist. I am not a professional, but am happy to share my experiences and what I have learned with everyone, hopefully giving others ideas they may not have thought of or connecting with distant relatives. I would consider myself an armchair-genealogist – I try (very hard) to do as much research as I can from the internet and my computer. Yes, I am lazy, but I am also very busy, and as much as I would love to, cannot devote time and money to traveling to world to visit different cities and archives. One day, I would love to do so, maybe when I retire in 40 years… But I have found that the resources available on the internet have progressed so much from what there was, even 5 years ago, and is growing everyday. You just need to know where to look.

As the title of this blog suggests, I am based in Baltimore, Maryland and much of my family has never left the city and surrounding areas. I love Baltimore, especially for genealogy research. It’s a big enough city to have plenty of resources, but small enough that it is easy to identify ancestors in census records, newspaper clippings, etc. As anyone from Baltimore can attest, we lovingly call it “Small-timore” – everybody knows everybody, and if they don’t, then they know somebody who does.

I am descended from mostly Irish and Italian immigrants, most of whom immigrated directly to the Port of Baltimore in the 19th century, but I do have roots in Maryland and America that go back well into the 17th century.

What this blog isn’t.

This blog will not be a direct, word-for-word, recitation of my family tree; that is boring, and probably no one but me cares. I have an account on Ancestry.com for those who are interested in that sort of thing. I will not include family members that are still living or are deceased recently enough that I feel it is improper and an invasion of privacy to others to talk about them.

What this blog is

I will highlight and profile certain ancestors who I think are interesting or important (assuming I have enough information on them to make it so). My plan is to have posts about certain areas like good sites to visit, how to restore photographs, how to (roughly) date a photograph, tips and advice, how to organize your tree, etc.

If you have an questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment and I will try to answer if I can.

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