Friday, January 15, 2021

10th Blogiversary!!

Ten years ago, I retired as instructor of train operators at the Bay Area Rapid Transit District. I now had a whole new life ahead of me. One of the first things I did was take a wonderful class at the California Genealogical Society given by Craig Siulinski where he taught us how to blog. Janice Sellers was also in the class and we support each other's writing.

On this blog I write about my maternal grandmother, Pansy Louise (Lancaster) Johnston's family. We called her Mam-ma (pronounced ma'am-ma), which was the same name my mother called her grandmother. It's one of many southern names for grandmothers.

This blog soon became too restricting. I wasn't able to write about my maternal grandfather's family, nor my father's side. Then there were my husband's ancestors to write about, too. So I started a second blog, My Trails Into the Past, where I do most of my blogging. However, when I have something to report on the research of my Mam-ma's family, I come here to share it.

In the past year, I have written 18 posts. Ten of those posts were part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging meme created by Amy Johnson Crow. I have been participating for four years and when the theme fits for a story of Mam-ma's ancestors, I post it here. Three of the posts were about African American research, as some of my ancestors were enslavers and I want to also document the enslaved people who worked their farms. The last five were miscellaneous posts about documents I found that helped tell the story of their lives.

This year, I am committed to write more, whether in this blog or just in general, so likely more posts will appear here. My last two posts are a result of homework from my Migrations class at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Perhaps I'll find more to write about when I take the Advanced Social History class in two weeks.

Copyright © 2021 by Lisa S. Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family, All rights reserved.


  1. Happy blogiversary! We are survivors! And you got your post up before mine this year!

    And like you, I am committed to write this year. I hope we are both successful.

  2. You are a busy lady with two blogs going. I didn't realize for a long time that this was also your blog, but happy decade blogiversary. Ten years is a benchmark achievement.

    1. Thank you, Linda! I don't write here as often, as the topic is more restrictive. In June, my other blog will also celebrate 10 years.

  3. Happy 10th. blogiversary, Lisa! I also enjoyed the migration class at SLIG 2021. :)


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