|Ole Peterson Family Farm House|
In addition to all of their information, Peggy and Sally Jo said two other family members were avid genealogists. One is John Peterson, who's work we have been collecting for a few years as he sends us new installments. The other is Bruce Roth to whom they are related through Bruce's mother, Saundra Roth of Mt. Horeb. Sally Jo said I should see Bruce's website. She thought I'd be pretty impressed and I was.
|Ole Peterson second left, back row|
The Peterson sisters left us with some wonderful additions to the Archives holdings and we hope they will stay in touch. After they left I spent some time reading their cousin's Blog (called, "My Other Blog") and I haven't been the same since.
Bruce posts the stories he is discovering through his genealogy. It's a wonderful way to look at family history and has really made his research come alive. The site was fun to read, well illustrated and looks very sophisticated. A highly trained web designer, I thought to myself. But, I thought I'd write to ask if he could advise us on how it is done, just in case you didn't have to have a PhD in computer science to do this.
He emailed back right away and said he would be in Mt. Horeb visiting his Mom over the Christmas holidays. Gerry Glaeve and I were able to meet for 2 1/2 hours on New Years Day at the Archives office. Bruce is trained as an architect so he has an eye for good design and he's pretty fearless about learning new computer technology, but it turned out that the template that made his Blog look so professional was free software available through Google. The software is called "Blogger." He certainly knows his way around the thing but encouraged us to just jump right in and see what we could do. With Bruce just an email away and so far willing to answer daily questions, we have done just that.
I'm sold on this as a terrific way to share the richness of the Mt. Horeb Area Historical Society's Archives. It is as immediate as Facebook but with more substance. It can reach as many people as our web site but is easier to update. Short of all of us meeting every afternoon for coffee, this is just the ticket. Thanks to the Peggy, Sally Jo and Bruce for making it happen.