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 French Negroes series, starting here in November 2006 and consisting of about 10 parts.
- Carnival Carousel: Art, Science, and Serendipity
- Quindaro, Kansas
- A Loving Legacy
- Finding Dr. King’s Roots in Slavery
The Breeziest: Read these and you’ll get that “breeziest” means “most whimsical.” Some are easier to get than others:
- The Bobbie Gentry series: It was the third of June; Another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day?;A Different Sleepy Dusty Delta Day; “I Got Some News This Mornin’ from Choctaw Ridge.”; Seems Like Nothin’ Ever Comes to No Good Up on Choctaw Ridge
- “Where Will We go if not Due West?”
- A Missed Bus
- My Trilingual Christmases
The Most Beautiful:
- Walter Scott
- The African-American Military History Series, which starts here.
- My Unusual Surnames: Brayboy
- The Medal of Honor series, which begins here, and continues for seven parts.
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.
October 5, 2008 Sunday at 10:37 am