Wednesday, September 24, 2014


I have been nominated for the “One Lovely Blog” award.  First let me say that I am honored, as I greatly respect all the other bloggers out there.  Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings nominated me and then, before I could post this, I was nominated by Dana Leeds of The Enthusiastic Genealogist and Cathy Meder Dempsey of Opening Doors in Brick Walls.  My thanks to all of you!


Here the Rules for the "One Lovely Blog Award"

1.  Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog
2.  Share Seven things about yourself
3.  Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!)
4.  Contact your bloggers to let them know that you've tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award

What a great idea!  Here goes.

1.  Thank you, Randy, for the nomination – Randy’s blog is at
And, thank you Dana, for the nomination - Dana's blog is at

2.  Seven Things about me:
  • I was born in Detroit, Michigan, moved to Pompano Beach, Florida when  I was seven and then to San Diego, California when I was 15.
  • I worked for the City of San Diego, beginning just after high school, working as a Jr. Typist and ended my career with them as a Police Officer.
  • I went to my first hockey game at the age of 23 and have been a HUGE fan ever since.  I even play fantasy hockey.  My team has always been the Detroit Red Wings.  Time to win that Stanley Cup again.
  • I have horses and used to be the assistant to a friend who was a rodeo photographer   She and I traveled around southern California and over into Arizona spending weekends at many different rodeos.  Great time in my life!
  • My husband, Ron, and I met at work, only to find out we knew each other in high school in 10th grade and I had a crush on him back then.
  • Because of my genealogy research, my half brother, John, was able to get in touch with me and therefore end his 40 year search for his biological family.  We welcomed him with open arms and he and our mother have a wonderful relationship.  If that’s all that ever came of my research, then it was worth it.
  • I’m the grandmother of 3 girls and 1 boy.  They range in age from 9 to 22.
 3.  I have to nominate 15 bloggers whom I admire.  There are hundreds of wonderful bloggers out there that write fantastic posts every day.  It’s difficult to choose.

Here are just a few of the ones I admire, in no particular order.

Ancestoring by Michele Simmons Lewis
Olive Tree Genealogy by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Are My Roots Showing by Jenny Lanctot
Diggin for Family by Christopher Shaw
Ginisology by Gini Webb
One Rhode Island Family by Diane MacLean Boumenot
The Armchair Genealogist by Lynn Palermo
The Photo Detective by Maureen Taylor
Black Raven Genealogy by Dara
AnceStories by Miriam J. Robbins
Genealogy Canada by Elizabeth Lapointe
Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Loretta Gillespie
Genealogy’s Star by James Tanner
Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog by Jana Last
Many Branches, One Tree by Linda Huesca Tully

4. Now contact the bloggers you nominated.  I’ll be doing that next.

With appreciation,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2014   Diane Gould Hall


  1. Congratulations Diane, well deserved! I too have horses – just love them! Also, thanks for the nomination, it’s much appreciated.

    1. You're so welcome Dara. Another horse woman...always good to meet up with.

  2. I don't know about half of these blogs so I'm off to take a peek!

    1. Introducing each other to new blogs is so much fun. I've sure discovered some good ones that way.


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