One Year Ago…

One year ago today, I published my first post on Applegate Genealogy; it was a story about a found family photo that led me to my great-great-grandparents and sparked my interest in family history. Since then, I’ve published 167 stories on this blog (well, to be fair, one-third of those are Wordless Wednesday photos), met dozens of family historians in the comments (whose questions have made me a better researcher) and connected with a handful of cousins I never knew I had (thanks for reaching out–you know who you are!). I’ve forced myself to record the stories in my head for future generations, learned how to paint my DNA using shared centimorgans and kept up with every 52 Ancestors prompt since I first joined. It’s been a crazy 365 days, and I’m hoping the next year is even better yet.

Segways, am I right?

I’ve been taking classes toward my master’s degree since January, and by this time next year, I’ll hopefully have my teaching license. I’m starting a new job in June–one that I’m very nervous about–and I’m planning a few research trips in Buffalo for the end of the summer. I’m hoping to keep up with Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors prompts for the rest of this year (fingers crossed!) and to save enough money to buy a 23&Me kit. I need to start researching my German lines again, brush up on my Polish and organize the family photos my grandfather sent me a few weeks ago. I’m anxiously awaiting news from a cousin in Jaksice–I’ll hopefully have a post or two soon about her trip to our ancestors’ hometown–and I need to send copies of my 3rd great-grandmother’s letters to a cousin in New York. It’ll be a busy year, and I don’t know how I’m going to get it all done.

But for the first time in a while, I’m looking forward to what’s ahead–even the uncertainty of whether or not I’ll be teaching in the fall. I started this blog a few weeks after I graduated from college; I was exhausted and unemployed and dreading everything that would come next. It turned out to be ok, though, and I know that I have this blog–and more importantly, each of you–to thank for that. I channeled all of my stress and anxiety into this project, and your encouragement and interest–while completely unexpected–has helped ground me this year. I’ve sent my gratitude to many of you already (and I won’t put you on the spot again here), but if you’ve ever commented or followed or shared any of my posts, I cannot thank you enough. It means the world to me.

So with that, here’s to my first year of blogging–and to many more. I guess I can call myself a blogger now; how weird.


29 thoughts on “One Year Ago…

  1. Congratulations on your blogaversary!!! A shame we don’t live closer, or we could brush up on our Polish together… Here’s to another year of blogging and best of luck with your new job. Sounds exciting!!

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    1. That would be fun! My grandparents are far away, and they’re the only ones who still speak it. I wish I had more practice!

      And thank you! I’m excited, but it’s going to be even more work than my current job.


  2. Congratulations on all your hard work over the past year! You’ve created a wonderful blog with great stories. Best wishes for all the projects you have going and in getting the teaching position of your dreams. 🤗🤗

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    1. Thank you for following along from the beginning! I started writing just for fun, and I can’t believe some of you have decided to stick around. I’m really glad you like the stories too!

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  3. Congratulations on your accomplishment of achieving such a highly successful blog in only a year! And congratulations on the new job. Is it the result of the interview you mentioned in a previous post?

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    1. Thank you! I don’t know about highly successful, but it is for me (I only expected to have one reader–my sister!).

      And it was that interview! Now I just have to find a job for the fall…I swear, these interviews are endless, and I’ve written and rewritten my resume too many times to count. The blog is much more fun!

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      1. Resumes and cover letters are the absolute worst to write, aren’t they? Good luck with you job search for the fall. It sounds as though you have it well in hand to be successful.

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  4. Congratulations…your blog is included in INTERESTING BLOGS in FRIDAY FOSSICKING at
    Thank you, Chris

    From the first time I read your blog, I subscribed.. and haven’t been disappointed. I was very surprised when I read that you were a relative newcomer. I thought you’d been writing this for years because of the depth of your research. I look forward to all that is to come.

    Jamie, I’m sure you will do well with your new job and all else you set your mind to.

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    1. I can’t thank you enough. The very first time you included my blog on your list, I actually started jumping up and down in my kitchen–I was so excited someone was reading my post and liked it enough to share it with their followers. All these months later, and I’m still jumping for joy. It always means a lot.

      And that is an incredible compliment coming from such a good researcher–thank you for that one, too. I like some of my posts better than others, of course–and some are better researched than others–but I spend hours writing each story, trying to make it just right. Hopefully I’ll improve with each year!

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      1. Jamie, it has really been my pleasure.. you bring something fresh to blogging and your enthusiasm is infectious.
        I look forward to seeing what comes next…

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