B is for BDMs, Blogs and Beyond the Internet


Births, Deaths and Marriages or BDMs are also known in other countries as BMDs which actually makes more sense, after all if we marry it’s unlikely to come after we die, rather beforehand.

I mentioned in the last post that the best genealogy explores backwards from ourselves, working through the generations. This is where we focus on those BMD data to unearth details of parents etc. How we do that will be revealed as we move from A to Z.

B is for BLOGS

The world is your family tree oyster with blogging. Edited image from Office Clip Art.
Share your discoveries on your blog.

I like to call family history blogs “writing your family story online”. Since all of us participating in the A to Z challenge are bloggers I’m probably preaching to the converted on the value of blogs generally.

What do family history or genealogy blogs offer us? One view is that they are great “cousin bait” because people searching for the same ancestors as us will find our blog when they search the internet especially if we’ve used good tags and categories. Another view, is that it’s a great way to tell your family’s story in bite-sized chunks which is less intimidating and less expensive than a published book. A third opportunity is to use your blog as a way to leave an historic memoir of your life for future generations – what school was like, how you celebrated Christmas and other festivals etc.

In my own family research, and in my wider research of other families of emigrants, I’ve often been surprised by the contacts I’ve made through my blog. There’s also a great umbrella group, called Geneabloggers and established by genea-guru Thomas MacEntee. The level of personal support and encouragement from peers in this group is quite astounding and it’s funny how when we meet, it’s as if we’ve known each other for ages.

Beyond the Internet
Beyond the Internet

B is for Beyond the Internet

I’m also obsessive about the research we can do offline or “beyond the internet”. A few years ago I wrote a weekly post about these search options, some of which have now been digitised. You can find a list of the topics here. During this journey I’ll be encouraging you to move offline and explore other sources.