Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Happy 12th Blogoversary to Nutfield Genealogy!

 Happy 12th Blogoversary to Nutfield Genealogy!

Twelve years ago I was brave and pushed the button that posted the first story to this blog. It was the story of how I proved that Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii married my first cousin many generations removed.  I had been working on the story for a few days, and didn't know when to go live on line.  We had cousins from Spain coming to visit for a few weeks, and I knew I was going to be busy, but I clicked on that link and...

I didn't know I'd still be doing this twelve years later!

The first people who read my blog were family members.  Then a few days (or weeks, I can't remember) later complete strangers were reading and commenting on the blog posts.  That was a weird, but fun experience. It was even more fun to find out some of those strangers were "cousins"!  Cousin connections are my favorite part of blogging. 

Then a great bunch of folks known as the "GeneaBloggers" started following my blog.  We all became Facebook friends, and tweeted and Google+ed (remember G+?) each other's posts. Then local people in New Hampshire and New England began to read Nutfield Genealogy.  Soon I began to meet up with some of my virtual friends in person, and at genealogy clubs and conferences.   And well... the rest is history.  Pun intended.

I've reached over 4 million page view on my Blog according to the statistics.  Which is great since my readership has declined as I have slowed down on posting over the past year.  I've posted 10,000 comments, and deleted a large number of spammy comments, too.

My five most popular blog posts (according to the Blogger statistics):

#1   "A Favorite Christmas Gift!  You might Want One, Too!" published 30 December, 2012:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-favorite-christmas-gift-you-might.html    This one isn't particularly genealogical (unfortunately), but more of a craft idea.  It went viral on Pinterest and social media and now has nearly a quarter million hits.  Check it out!

#2   "Flora Stewart - Black History Month in Londonderry" published 17 February 2011:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/02/flora-stewart-black-history-month-in.html  This is a story about a controversial photograph published about a former slave who lived to be over 100 years old in Londonderry over 100 years ago.  The vital records are conflicting on her real age.

#3  "2020 Events for the 400th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Mayflower", dated October 4, 2018.  I won't publish the link here for this blog post since most of the information on this is now incorrect due to the pandemic cancellations.  A more accurate version was published here: https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/05/updated-mayflower-400-schedule.html  and here  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/p/mayflower-400th.html 

#4  "10 Unexpected Places to Find Family History Online", was published 2 February 2015 at this link:  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/02/10-unexpected-places-to-find-family.html  It is still popular, and receives smaller amounts of readers as the years go by.

#5  "University of Durham Team Is Reaching Out to the Descendants of 17th Century Scottish Prisoners" published 26 October 2016  at this link:  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/10/university-of-durham-team-is-reaching.html   was a post I wrote after meeting up in Saugus, Massachusetts with the researchers from the UK who performed the archeological dig at the Durham Cathedral, finding the bodies of the Scots prisoners who died in captivity after the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.  I had two ancestors who survived being captured as SPOW at the battle of Worcester the following year.  It was a fascinating meeting, and my blog post still generates lots of reading among researchers and descendants of those SPOWs.  

I have the links to five permanent pages (look up under the image at the top of this blog page to see the links) on my home page.  The most popular page is the first one "Surnames from my Family Tree"  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/p/surnames-to-9-generations.html  There are hundreds of surnames listed in two groups (my Paternal lineage and my Maternal lineage) with links to the "Surname Saturday" post for that surname.  This page has received many hits and lots of email as folks make cousin connections.  Take a peek and see if we have a common ancestor!

Thank you for reading and following Nutfield Genealogy!


To Cite/Link to this post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Happy 12th Blogoversary to Nutfield Genealogy!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 27, 2021, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2021/07/happy-12th-blogoversary-to-nutfield.html: accessed [access date]). 


  1. Wishing you a happy and healthy 12th blogiversary! I still remember that post about the lovely craft idea. No wonder it got so many hits!

  2. Happy Blogiversary, cousin Heather!

  3. Happy 12th blogiversary, Heather! I've enjoyed your posts through the years. Best wishes for many more years of blogging fun.