Meet Your Blog Team

Have you ever wondered who’s behind the scenes of the WSGS Blog? The terrific trio of Charles Hansen, Roxanne Lowe and Donna Potter Phillips work together to bring you interesting articles, news and tidbits about genealogy and family history in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. All three of them are at the WSGS Conference in Tacoma tomorrow (18 Jun 2016), so look for news and photos about what’s happening there.

Roxanne Lowe, Charles Hansen & Donna Potter Phillips

WSGS Blog Team: Roxanne Lowe, Charles Hansen & Donna Potter Phillips

In the coming months, you’ll learn more about Charles, Roxanne and Donna, as well as the rest of the WSGS Board in a bi-weekly feature called “Meet the Board.”

In the meantime, if you’re looking to publicize your local event or workshop, have a feature story or update about your society, or other genealogical information that might be of interest to our many subscribers, just email a Word document, text file, PDF or graphic to and Charles, Roxanne and/or Donna will do the rest. The blog is a great way to reach hundreds of genealogists from around the state and beyond.

Blog Readers

Most blogs are easy to read in your web browser, but soon you will find it a waste of time to check a blog several times and find out nothing new has been added since the last time you were there, so most blogs have a couple of ways to read them without having to go there daily and check for a new post. One way is to sign up for E-Mail and the post is sent to your E-Mail where you can filter it into categories.  I have not liked that option as I already average 100 or more E-Mails a day. The second method is to use an RSS reader. Google had a very good one called Google Reader and a lot of the people I know used it, but Google in its infinite wisdom closed Google Reader a year or so ago. I first went to The Old Reader which was similar to Google Reader, but very slow in updating the feeds, so I switched to Feedly and I really like it. I have somewhere around 250 blogs I read on a regular basis. I have 47 Genealogy Society Blogs, 150 Genealogy Blogs, 16 Library Blogs, 12 newspaper blogs and even 7 Rootsweb blogs, plus several others just for entertainment and a few for work. Each one is in its own category on Feedly, I have one category for Gene Societies, one category for genealogy blogs, etc. I know this sounds like a lot to read every day, but the newspaper blogs are the busiest each day, some blogs only have a new article once a week or less. The genealogy blogs probably only have 25-35 posts a day, and the newspaper blogs are just about as busy.

Dick Eastman wrote a great blog article on Blog readers, so If you are interested in a blog reader click here