Getting to Know Me–Getting to Know GeneaBlogie

Terry Thornton, the renowned Hill Country of Monroe County story-teller, suggested that it would be good to have genea-bloggers introduce themselves and their blogs, so we can keep up with our growing community.  Terry has collected all the posts submitted by September 27, 2008, I had intended to finish mine up on September 26, but I ended up in the hospital! In any event, I still think Terry had a great idea, so following his suggested format, here we go:

About me, Craig Manson:   Born in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1954, I grew up principally in Albuquerque New Mexico, and Monterey, California.  I now live in Carmichael, Sacramento County, California.

I’m a professor of law and public policy at a California law school.  Over the last forty years, I’ve been a Top Forty DJ at a couple of  radio stations, both AM & FM; a broadcast journalist; a cable television sportscaster; a radio sportscaster; a newspaper stringer; a lobbyist in a state legislature; a military officer, a college professor, a lawyer, a judge, and have served at the highest levels of both state and federal government.  And then there was the time I got picked off first base for the third out in the ninth inning of the only professional baseball game I’d ever played in . . . .

I enjoy music of all sorts, but as for popular music, don’t bother me with much after 1985.  Law, reading, fishing, public policy, and international affairs are my non-genealogical pastimes–not necessarily in that order.

My genealogical research involves the following surnames: Manson, Gines, Bowie, Bryant (Texas Gulf Coast), Birdsong (Georgia), Gilbert (Kansas/Missouri), Long, Johnson, Sanford (Tennessee/Texas), LeJay, Brayboy and Micheau (including all variant spellings). My paternal background is African, Scots-Irish, and English.   My maternal background is African, Native American, English and French.

One reason I blog is make available on the Web some of what I know about the surnames above and hear from folks who have other information in the same research areas.  If you search for “LeJay” in almost any search engine, nearly everything of U.S. genealogical value found is something I wrote about.

GeneaBlogie consists of genealogy news, tips, stories, some tech stuff, reviews of genealogical media of all sorts, and of course, my personal observations on my research.   In other words, it’s a bit all over the map.  I started out to focus exclusively on my personal research, but that quickly seemed an impossible  limit.  I have learned much about history, geography, sociology, economics, and other issues as I’ve gone on this journey.  Along the way, I’ve also picked up a few technical skills, interacted with a lot of folks, found previously unknown cousins, and made some friends.

Terry Thornton asked bloggers to identify their “brightest, breeziest, and most beautiful” posts.  That was a tough assignment, but here’s my answer:

The Brightest: By this, I mean the work of which I am the proudest. There were several here:

The Breeziest: Read these and you’ll get that “breeziest” means “most whimsical.”  Some are easier to get than others:

The Most Beautiful:

The Law: I’d not intended to write about the law in the blog, but it became inevitable and I enjoy it.  Some of the best law posts have to do with copyright and privacy issues:

When the blog started, I wrote it under a pseudonym which was a combination of several of the surnames I’m researching.  At the end of 2005, I dropped the nom de bloggeur.

We have an informal motto here: “Learn, Share, Enjoy, Appreciate.”  I hope you’ll be able to do a bit of each as you read this blog.

See the collection of blogs listed at Terry Thornton’s Hill Country of Monroe County.


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4 Responses to “Getting to Know Me–Getting to Know GeneaBlogie”

  • Craig says:

    Wow, David, thanks for the info! I’ll move it up to a main post shortly.

  • David Bush says:

    I have tried to put together my grandmother’s Choctaw ancestry and its been rather wierd. One of my cousins found Dawes rolls, and other paperwork on her. The strange thing is that her last name went from being Martin to Bennett. She shows on one census as a Martin, with cousins by the name of Bennett. On the next census she is listed as a Bennett, but some of her siblings are still listed as Martin (she is the next to the youngest). I figure her parents and some siblings must have died from some sort of epidemic or tragic accident. At any rate, we couldn’t establish her eligibility until last week when I googled her name again. Then I found a 700 page document full of court cases establishing the eligibility of 100s of petitioners. It is available on line at this url:,M1

    This document was one of only three copies and it was in the New York Central Library. What a find. I want everyone out there who is looking for info to have access to this. Best of luck.

  • Craig, Glad you are up and about — and trust you will continue to make a full recovery.

    I’m delighted to see your GETTING TO KNOW ME article — and will add it to the roundup. Your blog is too good for new-to-geneaBlogging to miss.

    Thanks for writing this article; but mainly “Stay well!”

    Terry Thornton
    Fulton, Mississippi

  • Craig, I’m glad you decided to go ahead and post this even though it was late for the roundup. I’ve been reading, and enjoying, your blog for quite a while and learned some things about you in this post.

    I do hope you are feeling better now, sounds like it was a rather close call with the grim reaper.

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