September 30, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

September just flew by, didn’t it? I haven’t had a lot of opportunities for blogging, but I can’t let the month slip away without saying a big thank you to three special people. Each of them were kind enough to nominate me for the One Lovely Blog Award that’s making the rounds these days.

The first nomination came from Cheri Hudson Passey, who writes Carolina Girl Genealogy. Cheri shares about researching her Southern roots. I was amazed to learn she has eleven children. (And I thought I was busy…)

I also received nominations from Fran Ellsworth, author of Branching Out Through the Years, and Linda Stufflebean, who blogs at Empty Branches on the Family Tree. Fran has six children, 25 grandchildren, and three blogs. Wow. Linda was a special education teacher, which means she’s touched countless lives. She’s a relatively new genealogy blogger, and doing a great job with it.

Thank you, ladies! It means a lot to me to have such dedicated and enthusiastic readers.

The terms of the award are:
1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Name 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of).
4. Contact those bloggers to let them know you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award.

So…here’s seven things about me:
  • I have three children—two girls and a boy
  • My favorite TV shows are Castle, Parks & Rec, Mad Men, and Downton Abbey
  • I was editor of my college newspaper
  • I enjoy snow skiing, but don’t get as many chances as I’d like (Ohio isn’t exactly known for its high elevations)
  • I made my first hand-drawn lineage chart at age 14
  • Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. I recently finished (and recommend) Fannie Flagg’s The All-Girls’ Filling Station's Last Reunion
  • In any situation, I know exactly the right response to “O-H…”

Many of the bloggers I follow have already been tapped for the award, so I’ll try to avoid repetition if possible. Here are my nominations, in alphabetical order:

Carolina Family Roots: Charlie Purvis
Family History Fun: Susan Donaldson
Family Matters: Kathy Reed
Genealogy Circle: Cindy Freed
Jenealogy: Jennifer Alford
Karen’s Chatt: Karen Miller Bennett
Random Relatives: Diana Richie
Yvonne’s Genealogy Blog: Yvonne Demoskoff

This really goes out to everyone who makes the time and effort to write stories about their ancestors, tell us about resources and tips for doing family history research, and keep us informed about technology and genealogy news. Keep up the good work, all you lovely bloggers!



  1. Thanks Shelley, I'm honored that you thought I and my blog deserved such honor. This award means a lot to me and I am grateful for the nomination.
    Charlie Purvis

  2. Congrats on your well-deserved award Shelley! Ahhh...Downton Abbey. One of my favorite TV shows too.

    1. Thanks, Jana! Here's hoping the upcoming season of Downton Abbey has a few more episodes than the last one--seemed like it was over way too soon :)

  3. Thank you, so much, Shelley for the award. The support, recognition and comments from fellow bloggers means a lot to me. .

    1. You're most welcome, Sue. You do a great job with your blog, and I know how supportive you are of other writers, too.

  4. I'm touched and honoured that you nominated me, Shelley. Thank you so much!

  5. Thanks Shelley for nominating me! Here is my post with my nominations!

  6. Congratulations, Shelley. You do have a lovely blog.


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