Thursday, July 8, 2010

In the beginning...

I've done it. I've resisted for years, although some wonderful friends have some great blogs, I've resisted. But I've had a couple of real "bell-ringer" experiences with my family history research in the last couple of weeks, and I wanted to be able to share them. Another thought that occurred to me was that this would be a way to share the family history with the family in a more casual way, since most of the family are interested in the stories, but not necessarily the nitty-gritty of the whole process. I especially want to use this as a way to share our heritage - the people, the stories...this is what makes them who they are today!

A brief note about the title of my blog: I wanted a way to combine my husband's Keillors and my Smiths in the same title. I wanted it to be light but not cheesy, and be significant at the same time. My husbands ancestry is scattered all over the world, but all the lines work back to Great Britain, personifying the expression "The sun never sets on the British Empire." My ancestry? I am truly a product of the greatest melting pot in the world: Boston, Massachusetts. Instead of being scattered and then being gathered back to one place like Howard's, my ancestors gathered from all over Europe to Boston. Finally, those of us who love genealogy would rather do it day and night than almost anything else, so the sun would never set on our efforts. Thus, my title. Amen!


  1. I'm the Queen Mistress of Blogging, and I approve of this blog.

    (Excited to read more! Love ya Maureen!)