Shovel in hand, about to eagerly set off on a grand adventure, did you ever stop to ponder the why, where, what and how comes?
Why are you doing this?
Why now and not before?
How come you didn't think to commit all the family stories to paper, tape, or video until nearly everyone was dead?
What led Auntie G to disappear and where did she end up?
What was the reason Grandpa's killer got off the hook and where can you find the records?
Where in the Sam Hill is everyone buried?
Where's my sanity for even attempting this enormous undertaking?
Well, let's NOT delve into that last one, heh, heh. :-D
Welcome, attendees of the 40th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, and any other interested parties, related to me or not, to the Blog Home of the Maceyugoserbulgarigreekadonian Compound and Research Facility, USA!!! ;-D
Let me introduce myself!
And let me, um, introduce myself again! ;-D
I am a 1st generation Macedonian-American whose Father, Gorge Kundurdziev, immigrated from Yugoslavia (Roots in Macedonia and Bulgaria) in 1951, and whose Mother was born in Kentucky, with roots in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and maybe even Texas, among other places, thru Wells, Daugherty, Frazie/Fraze, Tanner, and other Surnames, back to the early 18th Century (Wells is the only one I have clues to about this fact.), and maybe beyond.
I was born in Pomona, Los Angeles County, CA., and have lived, and worked, in CA. all my life, getting a college degree, then building a 17 yr. career with an Independant Bookstore Chain that is no longer in business, working 2 yrs. for Target, and the last 5 yrs. as a Directory Assistance Operator (Do you Call 411 on your Cell Phone?).
I have been a Blogger since 2002, and this is my current personal blog, started in 2007 (The 1st was retired after 5 years, and I have a 6 yr. old Bike Blog.)
This blog is my home for more than just my Genealogy Research, and Genealogy Blogging.
I am a writer, poet, and opinionated commentator, with many interests, and a peculiar sense of humor.
Oh, and I have a Cat, named Nikita, who is my Co-Blogger. ;-D
My interest in Genealogy began almost too late, in the late 1980's (I still consider myself pretty much a Novice), and I've shared a 2 part story called How I Became the Family Genealogist.
I have an official copy of my Birth Certificate. ;-D
A couple of items of note:
1. The Official filing date is April 1, 1960.
2. Someone, possibly my Sainted Ma since she signed the document, put the country of birth for my Father down as GREECE.
I always knew I liked APRIL FOOLS DAY for a reason. ;-D
It is possible, based on the towns location, that in 1923 it was part of GREECE, but I think it was more likely Bulgaria, and will look into it more. ;-D
In addition to writing about my research (With Pictures), and about other blogs, websites, and genealogy stories in the news, I've written Poetry, humor, and writing prompts of a genealogical nature. ;-D
You will also notice several Genealogy Themed Blogrolls (Including many Genealoggers!), as well as a blogroll full of links useful to writers, and poets, which I encourage anyone writng about their Family History, whether on a blog, website, or in a book, to explore.
Writing Prompt: Where I'm From.
Song: Give Genealogy a Chance!
Famous Ancestor on the Macedonian side of the Family: Ancestor of Mine Dug Up by Greek Archaeologists! ;-D
Famous Ancestor on my American side: Maternal Colonial Ancestor Claimed Three, Linguistic, Versions of Declaration of Independence Printed. ;-D
In my sidebar you will see that I also welcome advertising thru Google, and BlogAds, if you are looking for ways to advertise your Genealogy related websites, and merchandise.
In my Archive of Genealogy Posts I've written about the How and Why of my becoming the Family Roots Digger-upper, and shared some of my poetry, family history, roadblocks, and success stories, including pictures and I encourage you to visit those posts, and offer comments, as well as send me links to Genealogy Websites you might think I'd be interested in.