Seventh Blogiversary!

It’s Amy Johnson Crow’s fault that I started my blog on 23 January 2014. Along with many others who joined in her first year of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, I took her up on the challenge to begin writing. One story at a time, I learned and improved my research and writing skills. One story at a time, I got to know my ancestors and their history. Follow the link above to learn more about this free challenge – it’s never too late to start.


The past year has been difficult for everyone. Due to the pressures of all things out of my control, I wasn’t able to keep up the pace of writing at least once a week. Still, with the previous six years’ worth of ancestral stories and other genealogy-related articles, my blog continued to draw followers, visitors, and views.

The top posts from the past year were included in my post, 2020 A Year in Review and What’s Coming in 2021.

I published my 640th post Teaching a Friend to Find Records on FamilySearch on January 15th. At the same time, views on Opening Doors in Brick Walls surpassed 250,000. A quarter of a million. Wow!

All-Time Top 10 Posts and Pages

How I Got My MISSING AncestryDNA Circles Back (

Source Citation Trick for – HTML Code (

The Ancestors – a page listing all of the articles I’ve written in the past 7 years.

6 AncestryDNA Notes for Easier Comparison (

Dear Cousin – We Have a DNA Match, Now What? ()

Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can – a page listing the articles I wrote on a collection of photographs.

James SIMS (1754-1845) Pioneer of Nicholas County, West Virginia (my first attempt at writing about an ancestor, written in February 2002, updated on )

Step by Step Guide to Accessing Browse-only Records on FamilySearch (

Genealogy Toolbox: Links to West Virginia Land Deeds on FamilySearch ()

How I Use and Manage AncestryDNA Notes ()

All-Time Stats – Top 10 Countries

I love that Luxembourg is #2 on the Top 10 list of countries that my visitors come from.

One Story at a Time…

During the seven years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve written about all of my children’s ancestors from generation 3 (grandparents with the exclusion of my mother who is still living) to generation 8 (their 5th great-grandparents). The only exceptions being William A. W. DEMPSEY‘s parents and grandparents, John COOLEY‘s parents, Sarah TREADWAY‘s parents, and the unknown father of Mary E. DOSS. Some ancestors in generations 9 through 12 have also been featured. A full list with links can be found on my page, The Ancestors. The list also includes the ancestors that still need to be written about.

Happy 7th Blogiversary

Thank you to everyone for motivating me to continue by visiting my blog and commenting on my posts during the past seven years.

© 2021, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

19 thoughts on “Seventh Blogiversary!”

  1. Congratulations Cathy! I am not surprised by your visitor numbers…your posts are always educational as well as candid and to the point. I have attempted to follow your lead, but in my on way and style. You just keep on writing and I’ll just keep on following. Congrats again! Brian

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    1. Thank you, Paula. It has been years!! It was in November 2004 when you invited me to join your website for The Kelley & Peters Families. We had some contact before that through mailing lists. Those were the days!!


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