Illuminating Blogger Award Revisited

Only a week or so ago I posted that Julie of Anglers Rest blog had nominated Family History Across the Seas for an Illuminating Blogger Award, initiated by the FoodStories blog. Since then the Award has been circulating among many of my favourite blogs and I’ve been thrilled to receive further nominations from geneabloggers Prue at Becoming Prue, Helen at Helen V Smith’s Keyboard, Shauna from Diary of Australian Genealogist,  and Jennifer from Tracking Down the Family.

Each and every one of these nominations is precious – we spend so much time crafting our stories and taking a risk “putting them out there”, that it’s such a pleasure to know others enjoy them and find them helpful in some way.

I am obsessive about family history and have become equally obsessive about blogging. What I’ve gained from it is the wonderful camaraderie of an equally keen group of geneabloggers. In some ways I still can’t believe not only that people read my blog, but that I now have a community of virtual friends around the world who share my obsessions. I no longer feel isolated stuck away at the top of Australia. So to all my readers and to all those who nominated my blog, a huge THANK YOU

I listed six blogs for the Award last week but to keep it to that limit there were any number I couldn’t include but who I had mentioned previously in other recommendations. Luckily many of those have been nominated by other awardees, which simply shows how much value we all place on this community of geneabloggers. I’d also like to acknowledge Geniaus’s continuing support to new bloggers and to Carole Riley, who gave me so much encouragement when I started out a couple of years ago.

Like Geniaus I’ve decided not to add a further list today, but again do please look at my blog list which includes so many stars whose writing I love to read.  I do try to keep it up to date, but sometimes I forget as I have nearly 150 blogs on my Google Reader subscription.

By the way, you too can nominate a blog you love for the Award – just go to the website to find out the rules.


Illuminating Blogger Award

In late June while I was away travelling, Julie from Anglers Rest nominated my blog for the Illuminating Blogger Award, initiated by the FoodStories blog. One of the most amazing things about blogging is learning about and from others, making virtual friends and sharing comments over our posts. Thank you Julie for including me in your list of selected blogs.

The rules of the award are straightforward:

  1. The nominee should visit the award site ( and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way that we can create a blogroll of award winners).
  2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
  3. The Nominee should include a courtesy link back to the official award site ( in their blog post.
  4. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
  5. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award. Many people indicate that they wish they could nominate more so please feel free to nominate all your favorites.
  6. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (

One small fact about me: while family history is now my passion, I once wanted to be a marine biologist.

My selection of the six other blogs I’ve chosen for their illuminating, informative, and frequently evocative posts are:

  1. As They Were for bringing Irish researchers together and keeping everyone in the loop with what’s happening in the Irish research world.
  2. Becoming Prue for her interesting stories on some unusual and talented ancestors.
  3. Family History Fun for personal stories and informative posts on Scottish research possibilities.
  4. Finding Eliza for teaching me so much about African American heritage and family history research as well as personal life stories.
  5. Roots’n’Leaves for teasing out the local history stories as well as the family stories from her ancestor’s diaries.
  6. Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~Finding Family for descriptive posts which tug at the heart strings.

As always I could nominate so many more, but as hazardous as this task is, I’ll stick with this half dozen.  You can see my list of blogs I love to follow here, some of whom I’ve nominated in past awards.

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