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to Journey to the Past, I'm Brenda (Glover) Leyndyke and I believe researching your family history is a fascinating journey.

Journey to the Past is 4!!!!

01 March 2014


I have been blogging for four years today.  I wasn't sure I would blog for four months, let alone four years.  Blogging for the past four years has given me far more than what I have given others, I believe.  

I have made numerous contacts through blogging.  I have geneafriends, aka other bloggers, that I can go to if I have questions, or need advice, or just need a pep talk.  I have a support group that is beyond compare.  I have been contacted by numerous family researchers, some related, some not. I enjoy this aspect of blogging the most.  "Cousins" have shared stories and pictures of our related ancestors and I have reciprocated, whenever possible.  Researchers have contacted me with questions and I enjoy interacting and responding with these researchers.  My Michigan research posts have been quite popular and I hear from others telling me how it helped them in their research.  I enjoy helping others.

This past year showed a slight rise in the number of posts I wrote compared to 2012.  I am still not back to my levels in my second year, but I hope to get back on track in 2014.  I haven't run out of ideas, yet , and to think I was worried that I would run out of ideas when I first started blogging.

Thank you to all those who follow, read, and promote my blog.  Thanks to my readers who take the time to leave a comment or send an email.  The feedback is greatly appreciated and motivates me to blog more.  In closing, I will leave you with a list of the top five all time blog posts based on page views.

  1. Gobsmacked-NEHGS has E Books
  2. Ancestor Biography-Otto August Fredricks
  3. Pure Michigan Genealogy:  Migration and Immigration
  4. Lt. Col. Merle M. Glover-Tombstone Tuesday
  5. Sojourner Truth-Tombstone Tuesday (one of my local Battle Creek, Michigan posts)