First Post, 2.0/ What Is Ups and Downs of Family History

Originally posted in November 2013 as a way to explain what my blog would focus on, First Post, 2.0/ What Is Ups and Downs of Family History – there are a few differences between that post and this one, including the addition of several new topics and explanations of the new topic choices. I am not sure why it’s has First Post unless it’s because it was the first post on my new blog that later had issues in early 2015. Which is why I created this replacement blog AKA 2.0. I will also be highlighting many of the blogs I follow. If any blogger or vlogger wants to guest post, please let me know.

As I mentioned in the title section, this blog will cover an eclectic mix of cemeteries, genealogy, Bipolar Depression, mental health, mental illness, DNA, history, First Nations (aka Native Americans), military history, and World War II (replaced by Migrated my old blog here. Content – Eclectic Mix of Genealogy, Bipolar Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, DNA, History, First Nations (aka Native Americans), Military History, World War II, Cemeteries, CrowdFunding, Authors/Writing, and Gaming (RPGs, Board Games, Wargames, etc.). I will blog about sub-topics or other topics as they arise.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and none of my comments or responses should be taken as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please contact a medical professional. If you are having a medical or mental health emergency, please call 911 or seek medical assistance.

Disclaimer 2: I am not an attorney nor are any of my comments intended as, nor should they be construed to be, legal advice. If you are having legal issues, please contact a legal expert.

A bit about myself. I suffer Bipolar Depression, Type I (rapid cycling, mixed episodes.  I thought I would get that out-of-the-way first (well, after the disclaimers). I also do a lot of genealogy research, a mix of my own and helping out friends and family. There are many blogs about genealogy and many about mental health/illness, but few they cover both. I will go into more detail in future posts. I chose the other topics because they interest me.

Cemeteries are in the blood so to speak. My paternal grandmother’s family runs a number of cemeteries and funeral homes in and around North Carolina. Cemeteries also play a role in genealogy. Sometimes the only information you will find are on headstones, in cemetery records, or obituaries.

DNA is a new passion. I have tested with several (over 16 although many aren’t for genealogy purposes) DNA companies and the results were interesting.

First Nations, or Native Americans, has always been a fascination. We had the usual story of First Nations/Native American heritage with it only being mentioned on my father’s side. Several of the DNA results verified it on my mother’s side.

Military history in general and World War II in particular started as a passion in 5th or 6th Grade. I read Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo by Ted Lawson. His story and the story of the other 79 Doolittle Raiders were an inspiration to me and instilled me a love for military history.

CrowdFunding is a new passion that started last year. I see at a good way for individuals, for-profit companies, and non-profits to generate income or funding.

Authors/Writing is an old passion as I hope to one day become an author, but I will get the self-published route as I see it as the wave of the future.

Lastly, Gaming (RPGs, Board Games, Wargames, etc.) has been a passion since The Fantasy Trip (Melee, Wizard with a post I am working on about this system).

I am dedicating this post to a number of people. First, my daughter. She’s an inspiration and an awesome young lady (addit: who gave me my first grandchild early March 2018). Next to my family, both my birth family and my “adopted” family (church, friends, Breakthrough colleagues, etc.). A big thank you to Dr. Barb Andres, PhD, for the blog title. I was stuck on what to call it and I mentioned it to Barb. She didn’t have to think about it, but immediately came up with the Ups and Downs of Family History when I explained I wanted to link genealogy and mental health. Lastly, to Lisa at BillionGraves who unknowingly gave me the nudge needed to post.



About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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