Friday Musings: Christmas re-runs, a sale and what’s next for Digging History

I’ve just been reviewing the site stats for this year and want to thank all who have stopped by and supported Digging History!  This year was a huge leap forward in site traffic and I’ll have a posting with full details soon.  Stats indicate a lot of new visitors this year — if you took one of the many cards I gave out, I hope you’ve enjoyed the articles.  Since there are so many new readers this year, I thought I’d post links to a few past Christmas-themed articles:

Christmas in Early America – how our early American ancestors celebrated Christmas.

Myths and Legends: The Twelve Days of Christmas – the history of the late eighteenth century poem later set to an English melody in 1909.

1911 FAO Schwartz Catalog – click this link and see what “rich kids” asked Santa for in the early twentieth century.

Ghost Town Wednesday: Christmas, Arizona – an old copper mining town in Gila County.

Year-End Discounts

Digging History isn’t just a history blog, it’s a business and one I plan to continue growing.  If you haven’t taken a look at the services offered, pricing and FAQs, click the links above and check it out.  I am offering up to a 20% discount for all services until December 31, 2015.  If you’re interested in finding out more about your family history, getting started with researching your family history, pedigree charts or maybe you’ve hit a “brick wall” in your research and could use a fresh set of eyes, you can “park” the discount with a small non-refundable deposit before the 31st to hold the special pricing which can be used whenever you’re ready to proceed.  Use the contact link above and I’ll provide details about payment.

I’ve been working on scanning and colorizing pedigree charts drawn by Tony Matthews.  Here are a few blank samples (click the image to enlarge):


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The charts are not for sale as stand-alone items, but if you’d like to document your family’s history with one of them you will need to purchase Tony’s book to honor his copyright (I’ve spoken to him personally to verify).  The charts displayed above measure 30 x 20 and when completed can be printed on poster board and framed.  If you’d like to see a filled-in sample, contact me for more information.

You Might Have Noticed

If you’ve been following Digging History the last couple of years you might have noticed a significant drop-off in article postings this fall after writing almost daily since October 2013.  It’s not that I’ve been lazy (well, maybe a little).  I’ve been plenty busy with attending genealogy conferences, writing and editing my local genealogical society’s newsletter, colorizing and formatting pedigree charts, preparing promotional materials and researching material for articles and BOOKS.

I’ve decided that some of the subjects I’d like to write about would be better suited in a book format and I’m currently exploring self-publishing options, whether strictly eBooks or a combination of eBooks and printing traditional books on demand through services like Lulu or Blurb.  I hope to publish books for children and young adults someday as well.

I’ve had three or four small research projects this year and will continue to pursue clientele because I just love to research and find out cool stuff for people about their ancestors.  I’ve been self-employed since 1993 as a computer programmer and will continue to serve current clients, but that part of my business life has diminished considerably the last two to three years.  Therefore, I’m pursuing writing as my new late-in-life career.

Earlier this year I pulled the blog from WordPress and decided to set up a new web site with its own domain name to have more control over content and formatting.  I also had in mind to find a way to generate some income from the blog, perhaps using pay-per-click ads to generate some revenue.  I don’t know about you, but I really loathe those things and wasn’t sure I wanted to foist them on readers.  However, steady revenue would help pay for the upkeep of the site and allow me to pursue my dream of writing and publishing books.

I’ve recently added a Donation page for anyone who would like to support my efforts to writes stories (and books!) about unique, obscure and unusual historical events.  The donations are made safely and securely through PayPal — just click the Donate button at the bottom of the page.  If you don’t have a PayPal account, look for a link near the bottom of the PayPal donation page and you can just use a credit card, again safely and securely without having to log-in to PayPal.  You can make a one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation.  Even a small monthly donation of $5 to $10 (or whatever you can afford) would make a difference (plus perks and/or discounts to regular donors for services and books!).

I’ve been researching some special Christmas stories for next week so be sure and stop by!

Have a GREAT day . . . someday it will be HISTORY!

© Sharon Hall (Digging History), 2015.

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the opportunity for helping in research and the charts are wonderful.


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