Opening Doors in Brick Walls is the result of a nearly 25 years journey from hobby genealogist to taking the leap and becoming a genealogy blogger.
The journey began in 1992 when I received a package with information on my American families. I began visiting town halls in Luxembourg gathering marriage records for each generation of my children’s Luxembourgish ancestry which makes up three-quarters of their family tree. In 2000 the internet changed the focus of my research from Luxembourg to my American ancestors. Our Meder-Dempsey Family was uploaded to RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project on 6 December 2002 and was renamed Opening Doors in Brick Walls in October 2011.
On 2 December 2012, Opening Doors in Brick Walls joined Facebook! It was a new way to share the progress and new breakthroughs being made in the family tree. The plan was to unlock the doors and give them a push if they were stuck!
In 2014 when Amy Johnson Crow announced her 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge I posted the first 3 entries to our closed family group on Facebook. They were so well received by the family I decided it was time to join the blogging world. Although I started my blog on 23 January 2014, older genealogy pieces I’ve written have been added to the archives. Two of the most read are:
A Trip to Northern Alsace, France – 28 December 2001
James SIMS (1754-1845) Pioneer of Nicholas County, West Virginia – 17 March 2002
Raised as a military brat, I’ve lived in Georgia, France, Idaho, West Virginia, Spain, South Carolina, Texas, and Luxembourg. Nearly 40 years ago I married the man who became my best friend, photographer, coach, and father of our two grown children. When I’m not researching, my husband and I spend time riding our racing bikes through the wonderful countryside of Luxembourg and surrounding countries. In 2016 I rode 5,104 km (3,171 miles) for a total of 31,054 km (19,296 miles) since 2008. We also enjoy taking pictures of old doors seen in our travels, which gave me the idea for the name of my blog.
I hope my ramblings and writings about my genealogy research will entertain, educate and maybe even inspire you to start your own blog. I’d love to hear what you think of Opening Doors in Brick Walls. Feel free to post comments here or on any posts of interest, get in touch by email at openingdoorsinbrickwalls @ pt.lu, or by message or post to my Facebook page.
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