Welcome to my genealogy blog. I'm a single, male, thirty-something genealogist in Minnesota. To be honest, I hate writing about myself. It's much easier to write in the third person, and not have to start every other sentence with 'I' or 'my.' I'd rather write about almost anything substantive, than about me. But I guess an introduction post is almost considered obligatory.
I've been interested in genealogy for over 20 years, and started seriously researching my family tree in about 1995. It's one of the many hobbies I've indulged, off and on, since then. Recently, I've been employed only part-time, so I've found myself spending inordinate amounts of time researching my family history.
I just returned from the inaugural RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, and decided I had lots to write about. Initially, I'm going to use this blog to process everything I learned, or got ideas from, at RootsTech. It'll also serve as a sort of research log, which up to this point I haven't been keeping. I'll periodically review other events, books, software, etc., and write about any other random issues I encounter in my research.
I've contemplated starting my own blog for some time, but never had the gumption until now. There are several blogs on a variety of subjects I frequently read, and occasionally comment on. My other interests range widely, so a single blog concerning them all would seem scatterbrained, or even schizophrenic. My posts here may go off on tangents from time to time, but they'll all be related to genealogy, somehow.
One final note: I hope the name I've chosen for my blog doesn't seem presumptuous. I'm not trying to claim any degree of sanction for or by the state of Minnesota. It's just a convenient description of who and what I am, and nobody else had taken the name yet. :) Besides, I wasn't creative enough to come up with something original. My immediate ancestors have lived in Minnesota for at least the past four generations, and some lines have been here for six. However, like most Americans, all my ancestors immigrated here from somewhere else, so the area of my research and topics of my posts will be much wider.