It’s Been a Fun Five Years for The Accidental Genealogist

Today I’ve reached a milestone for this Blog. I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts about my two favorite subjects–writing and genealogy–for five years. Due to other commitments I don’t get to post as often as I would like, and I tend to be a bit more selective about the topics I do choose to write about. Here are my five favorite personal highlights from the past five years:

Sojourn in Slovakia – my series of posts about my trip back to my ancestral homeland in June 2010.
Fearless Females – the series of writing prompts I started in 2010 to celebrate Women’s History Month and encourage other genealogists to tell their female ancestors’ stories.
Top 10 in 10 – My Top 10 Genealogical Moments for 2010 (I also did a list for 2009)
Ten Things I Learned From My Father – Posted for Father’s Day 2011
Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories – Posts from 2009 and 2010 for blogging prompts created by my good friend and colleague, Thomas MacEntee over at Geneabloggers.
When I first created this Blog in 2006, I wasn’t sure what I would write about or how to do it, and I questioned whether my title of “The Accidental Genealogist” would be a good one, but it seems like it was because since that time I have seen it turn up in other contexts, including when in 2009 I learned that another blog with the same title appeared on another blogging platform long after mine was started. Thankfully, it was a new blogger who understood and found another title.
It’s been a fun five years and I would like to extend my appreciation to everyone who reads/follows this blog and those who have commented on my posts. I look forward to sharing more about my ancestors and about genealogy and writing.

21 thoughts on “It’s Been a Fun Five Years for The Accidental Genealogist

  1. Hi, Lisa, I'm one of your newest followers. I've checked in to see your blog posts from time to time, but when you posted this one, it got me worried that maybe you are thinking about quitting! So I thought I better give my vote of appreciation for what you are doing. Please keep writing!

  2. Time goes by so quickly! Congratulations on this milestone. Your contributions to the genealogy community on finding female ancestors continue to inspire me. Hope to meet up with you again sometime down the road. . .

  3. I feel a song coming on!



  4. Congrats on your Fifth Anniversary, Lisa. I have enjoyed reading your blog for about two years, from your writing stories, to sharing your trip to Slovakia, to your beautiful post about your Dad. I just wanted to comment that I'm glad you became the Accidental Genealogist.
    Nancy Hurley

  5. Five years – that must make you just about ready to go to school.

    Congratulations on this milestone, Lisa – thank you for sharing your experience so generously. As one of your cpmmitted readers I enjoy your posts enormously.

  6. A Very Happy Blogiversary.

    If this was "Accidental" it was a very happy accident.

    Here's to many more years of wonderful writing and fascinating genealogy.


  7. Happy Blogiversary to you Lisa,

    Thank you for sharing your talents and your thoughts in so many interesting and creative ways over these last five years.

    May you enjoy many more years of blogging, speaking engagements, books, and other ways of sharing family history research.

    Cheers to you,

    Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman

  8. Happy Blogiversary ~ wishing you many more…so I can keep reading all the great things you post! And wow – 5 years in computer time is like a century 😉

  9. Happy Anniversary! Five years seems like a long-time commitment (from my view as a nearly 2 year blogger) and you do it so admirably. Congratulations. I'm looking forward to the next 5 years!

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