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The birth of AncestralSpace

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

In June 2008 I had a brilliant idea….or at least it seemed a brilliant idea to me.  I was frustrated with the lack of “connections” trying to use facebook and myspace for genealogy.  I was (am) a member of which is a social network for people interested in all things renn faire, medieval etc and it occured to me there was no such thing for genealogy that I knew of.

I spent 2 days googling like mad trying to find something like that, there wasnt anything coming up.  I contacted the owner of Renspace to try to find out how he’d set his up….while waiting for his reply I found out there is a company out there that supplies it!!

One day later the ancestralspace domain is registered in my name (you have NO idea how many names I had to go thru to find one available.. my first choice was of course genspace but it was taken as were every other variation I could think of of that one and using words like “root” and genealogy (and I wasnt about to try ancestryspace).

My husband suggested ancestralspace… which actually kind of matches my genealogy forum ancestrally challenged, but it took a few hours for it to grow on me, but once it did, it was mine.

I spent all of June 13th programming, tweaking, writing custom html, getting my sis’s help in graphics etc.  By about 11 pm that nite it was ready to go (for the most part.. 3 weeks later I’m still tweaking lol).  I set up a “blog and recommendation” page and emailed the blog/page owners letting them know I’d featured them, and one of my recommendations actually took the time to respond (Thank you Stephanie from Southern Graves for acknowledging my email, that meant a lot to me,  AND for actually joining up, that was a bonus)

I got family and close friends to join up, I made a new myspace just to announce it,  I blogged, added it to my email signatures, posted about it on my message board etc.

Slowly people started coming over and joining..and I’m still nervous, waiting on people to tell me that it was a stupid idea and a waste of time.  (I’m used to thinking things are great ideas and having other people think they are pointless lol)

Then an amazing thing happened, what I thought, was being transmitted back to me.  I was getting comments from people telling me “great idea”  “wish I’d though of it” “I’m jealous it wasnt my idea” “I’ve been waiting for something like this” “this is SO much better than myspace”  “there is no “crap” here to put up with, just genealogist sharing a hobby they love” and… well you get the idea.

Word started spreading, its still spreading slowly.  People are posting it on their blogs, message boards, email groups, yahoo groups, and well they were posting it on ancestry message boards until they were told to stop as my site is considered “competion” and posting about me is not allowed lol (wow).  I want to give a special thank you, especially to Tammy and Cyndy for all the work I know they have been doing to spread the word, and a thank you to those that have done the same and I dont know who you are!!

At the three week mark (plus a day) we hit 400 members and they are still coming.  I can only imagine what membership is going to be like once word REALLY gets out.

And the best part?  People are actually using it and having fun with it!!!

This has totally blown me away, I had a vision, I took action, its a hit.

So.. stop by and visit!!  Joining is free (just like it is for myspace and facebook) and I’ll bet you 2 cents you find something interestesting there to read posted by a member!!

Hope to see you soon at

New genealogy website

Saturday, June 14th, 2008


Made especially for those that cant get enough of myspace/facebook type sites (and yes I realize some of you will have NO interest in this at all)

Some of you may wonder…why a site like this. Well I will tell you. Last year I made a myspace page for my genealogy forum and found lots of friends that have genealogy as an interest. Wednesday, I was “interviewed” about my thoughts on myspace and genealogy….did it help?

I got to thinking, nope, I’ve not found one piece of information or person with which to share information on myspace other than “genealogy news”

Then I got to thinking….I had seen a “myspace” type site for another hobby I’m interested in but I didnt know of one for one of the most widespread hobbies in the world. Why not have a social sight for people that were not looking to “find a date or a mate”.

People that know me, know I have a passion for research and for helping other people find things and for helping other people find living relatives that might help them break down their brickwalls.

Will this work? I don’t know…I have high hopes for it.

This site will be a work in progress for many weeks to come I’m sure, and suggestions are always welcome even if I might not always do what you suggest.

This is gonna be fun….yeah its gonna be fun

Add AC to your iGoogle

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Go HERE to get instructions to add Ancestrally Challenged to your iGoogle page!!!

Pike County Ga Gen Web page has a new home!!

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I am extremely happy and pleased to announce that the first county to move their county page to Ancestrally Challenged is Pike County Ga!!!!!

Barbara and her volunteers have worked very very hard to get loads of information up to help researchers and I couldnt more honored that they chose this site as their new home!!!!

Visit them at Pike County, GA Gen Web page

Descendants of Ransom Joshua and Nellie (Dunlap) Ice

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Descendants of Ransom Joshua and Nellie (Dunlap) Ice

Ice Family Genealogy

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Ice Family Genealogy

Adams Family, Gwinnett Co Ga

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Adams Family Surnames include: Adams, Lewis, Pruett

Lowery Family from Alabama

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Lowery Family from Alabama Researching Lowery, Lowry, Lowrey, Beck, Mathis, Lynch


Monday, July 9th, 2007

Wood-Hawksley family tree (New England) My paternal line, Wood, is the one that founded Blue Hill, Maine in the 1700’s. My entire ancestry is pretty much New England (mainly Plymouth County, Mass.). There’s a touch of Tyrrell County, North Carolina in there.

My husband’s side, Hawksley, came from Mars Hill Maine, and New Brunswick prior to that. But they are one of my brick walls. One of these days, we’re heading to New Brunswick to break it down. He also has plenty of old New England, back to Plymouth, as well as a HUGE amount of French-Canadian ancestry and some Westchester County, New York (Sleepy Hollow are) Dutch.

I also have great-great grandparents from northern Italy and Manchester, England. Very recent immigration there…

Martin-Rooney Family

Monday, July 9th, 2007

The Martin-Rooney Family Tree

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