Monday, January 9, 2017

100,000 Page Views for Gopher Genealogy

At about 3:30 this afternoon the blog Gopher Genealogy reached 100,000 views. The blog began on April 24, 2011. Then in four years-time on February 28, 2015 it reached 50,000 page views. In less than two years it has now doubled the amount of page views. These views are from all around the world, but just over 59,000 come from the United States. When starting the blog it was a novelty and many other genealogists were doing the same. Geneabloggers has about 3,000 blogs listed at their website. Today the website posted an interview entitled, "May I Introduce You to Susan LeBlanc."
This is a short piece from the post:

“This month is my all-time high for page views almost 7,000, for a total of 86,568 in 5 1/2 years. My followers are consistent at 71, but many more see my posts through Google and Facebook. It amazes me that while I have not written as much as at first, the page views continue to grow. I still have plenty to write about and hope to do more writing in the coming year.”

The all-time monthly high was surpassed in December 2016 with 10,314 for that month. It continues to grow and it amazes me that this means of communication has generated such a response. Here are some of the statistics from the blog:

Top 10 Posts Viewed
Entry     Pageviews
Genealogy Serendipity Moments – The Riggs Family, May 13, 2011, 1398

Genealogists - How Our Brains Assimilate Informatiion, Jan 24, 2012, 3 comments, 760

GopherGenealogy Two Year Blogiversary, Apr 21, 2013, 2 comments, 736

Fascinated by Charlestown, MA and the Tidd Family, Sep 25, 2012, 1 comment, 705 and Adapting to Change, Mar 10, 2014, 653

SLIG 2015 - Part I, Jan 27, 2015, 646

The Moehnke Family Moves to the New World, Aug 27, 2012, 2 comments, 637

Genealogy Education - Enhance Your Research, Jun 25, 2011, 1 comment, 601

Ruth Chauncey Bishop, May 29, 2015, 597

This is what has been keeping me busy for the last..., Oct 6, 2016, 555

Top 10 Pages Viewed
Entry     Pageviews         

GFO Bulletin Articles, May 14, 2015, 4702

Portland, OR WWII Article, Oct 22, 2012, 2807

Daniel Tidd Article, May 3, 2014, 1385

Adril Gates - War of 1812 Soldier and POW, Feb 5, 2015, 901

Calendar, Oct 30, 2016, 860

Book Reviews Published, May 14, 2015, 835

Lectures, Nov 17, 2015, 746

Book Wish List, Jun 25, 2011, 697

Amos Tidd Family Revolutionary War Patriots, Feb 5, 2015, 675

Ole A. Brown Article, Apr 15, 2013, 673

Audience – Top 10 Countries

Entry     Pageviews
United States 59610
Russia 7076
Germany 5820
Netherlands 3905
France 3882
Ukraine 3228
Canada 922
United Kingdom 688
Poland 582
Latvia 568

Pageviews by Browsers
Entry     Pageviews
Chrome 35625 (36%)
Firefox 28330 (28%)
Internet Explorer 24310 (24%)
Safari 6407 (6%)
Opera 2417 (2%)
BingPreview 548 (<1%)
Mobile Safari 430 (<1%)
OS;FBSV 289 (<1%)
Mobile 256 (<1%)
GSA 199 (<1%)

Pageviews by Operating Systems
Entry     Pageviews
Windows 64930 (65%)
Macintosh 23498 (23%)
Linux 4604 (4%)
iPad 1987 (1%)
iPhone 1981 (1%)
Android 1574 (1%)
Other Unix 526 (<1%)
Unix 419 (<1%)
Compatible 113 (<1%)

Windows NT 6.1 62 (<1%)

Now after six years of writing posts my goal is to continue to do so. This is my 302 post. There are so many family stories that need to get out of my head and notebooks and into a format that my family, friends and associates can enjoy. Do you have a blog and are you continuing to add to the content? We need to write and continue to build on those skills as we come to understand how the past impacts the present and eventually the future. My serendipity moment of the day is reaching 100,000 views and having my interview with Geneabloggers happen on the same day on January 9, 2017. Thank you to those who share the love of writing and reading about our ancestors.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Samuel Reed Civil War Soldier

                Samuel Reed is my fourth great grandfather. He fought in the Civil War and died on October 6, 1864 because of dysentery. I found information about him from his burial in Little Rock National Cemetery in Arkansas. Much of the information my family has about him came from his military records. (Military Service) Learning about him helps me to understand the Civil War on a personal level. Samuel Reed is significant to me because he was willing to leave his family and fight for his beliefs.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Reflections of 2016

The New Year is fast approaching and we will be soon writing 2017. This has been a good year for me. Here are some highlights for 2016. This year there have been several clients whose families came from the south. It is fascinating putting together their family history from the point of online records. Those families with African American backgrounds demonstrate the tenacity with which they moved forward after the Civil War. They were ambitious and strongly focused on providing for the advancement of their families. While many were farmers of some form or another, others were teachers or held other professional positions. As the pedigree charts filled in it became obvious that research beyond the Civil War would provide more challenges.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Memories - 2016

This Christmas seems very different. For the last couple of days I read through two collections of Christmas stories compiled by my sister over twenty years ago. At the time we were given these we were busy raising children and involved in many activities. The first little booklet was done with a children's book for each our three older children. The second is a notebook meant for our family. Between the books which are filled with twenty-five plus stories, meant to be read one story a night leading up to Christmas Day, there were only eight repeat stories.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

24 Days of Gratitude for 2016

November 2016 Days of Gratitude
Day 1 of Gratitude. I am so thankful for our family. Having children and grandchildren to share our lives with is wonderful. Each one is so unique. They help to lift me up when I am feeling down. They distract me from my worries and concerns. I treasure every minute that we get to spend together.  13

Day 2 of Gratitude. Friends, neighbors, associates all find a place in our lives. They share with us many talents and gifts that enrich our lives. Most gifts are not physical, but from within. Thank you for being a part of my life. I am very grateful for each and every one of you! 11

Thursday, October 6, 2016

This is what has been keeping me busy for the last month.

This is what has been keeping me busy for the last month. These are posts from facebook.

August 28, 2016 ·
We are about half-way done with the first phase of sorting boxes of mixed documents, photos, etc. for the Scappoose Historical Society. We hope to finish it by the second week in September. We began on August 23, 2016. It is great to work with some very nice people. It helps me to get out and learn new things. Now I am also working on some family history research about the Watts family and their relatives. I always love a new challenge!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

DNA - Just what does that mean?

DNA, just what does that mean to you and how will it help you in understanding your family tree?
To me it is diagnosing possible family connections, negotiating the information provided, and applying that information to your compiled family tree.

Since the first of the year our family has participated in two autosomal tests through and then transferred the results to FTDNA to attain more possible matches. It has been exciting to find people we match to in our family connections, comparing the information provided and then applying the information to our compiled family tree. The tests are for my husband and myself and we hope to soon have the results for a third test. These tests provide ethnicity estimates and matches from all lines of our family tree. While we have no compiled family tree at or FTDNA, our family tree for those who are deceased is available at