Liebster Blog Award

Since I began blogging about genealogy back in June 2012 (I know way back then), I have seen numerous blogs on WordPress and BlogPost with awards on them, though I must admit I didn’t know much about them. To be honest, I still don’t. However, I have always thought that they are really nice ways to show a blogger that their blogs is thought of and considered to be worthwhile to read. Earlier this month, my blog was kindly nominated for the Liebster Blog Award.

Liebster Blog Award

In order to accept the Liebster Award, one must do the following things:

1.  Thank (and link to) the presenter of my 2013 Liebster Award:

I would like to thank Currentdescendent for nominating me for this blog award. I truly appreciate the kind words and support for my little (but growing) blog about my family history. Currentdescendent has her own genealogy blog, called The Family Kalamazoo, which is filled with wonderful stories and great photos about her families. If you enjoy genealogy blogs, you should visit hers.

2.  Post 11 fascinating facts about one’s own self:

Eleven fascinating facts about myself….Yikes! Ok, I will try to come up with eleven about me, though I’m not sure how fascinating they will be, lol.

  • (1) I am (as Currentdescendent point out) in my mid-30s and I have something of an addiction to genealogy.
  • (2) I became interested in genealogy while in college, when I was assigned to research my ancestry in a research course.
  • (3) I was a bit intimidated by undertaking to research my ancestry to begin with, but over time I came to really enjoy it. It is fascinating to me to learn things about my own ancestors and where they fit in history.
  • (4) I am forever a student of history. As I put in my bio, there is just something compelling about the past. Whether it’s world history, art history, natural history, or architectural history, history is interesting to me.
  • (5) I love to do genealogical research with the new resources available online, but I also like going to archives, libraries, and genealogical centers.
  • (6) Since I first began researching my ancestry in, I have come in contact with numerous distant relatives all over the United States and some in other countries, which has been a really rewarding experience.
  • (7) I am often mistaken for my father or grandfather, who are also named William, when contacted via email–most of my relatives don’t assume a person in their 30s (or 20s as the case was when I began) would be researching their ancestry.
  • (8) I attended UCLA and earned a BA in 2005.
  • (9) I am a fraternal twin–my twin is my brother Gerad. I also have an older sister.
  • (10) I like spending my free time at museums or taking historical tours.
  • (11) I live in Southern California.

3.  Answer the 11 questions that my nominator made up for me: 

Currentdescendent‘s 11 questions for me are as follows: please list 11 fun facts about your ancestors.

  • (1) My 3rd great grandfather Owen Kiernan (1836-1901) came close to being a part owner of a bakery that was among those that became Nabisco.
  • (2) My 2nd great grandfather Alexander Balla (1886-1950) worked on the Brooklyn Bridge after he arrived in America.
  • (3) None of my male ancestors in my Kernan branch appear to have served in The Civil War, The Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War. From my research, it appears that they were too old to serve or had families by the time the wars started. I have no direct ancestor in any branch that served in World War II or the Vietnam War.
  • (4) When my great grandmother Irene (Balla) Sebok (1913-2006) was a baby, someone broke into her parents apartment in New York and tried to kidnap her. This prompted their move to Texas soon after.
  • (5) Oral history states that my 3rd great grandfather, István “Steven” Balla (1858-1930), abandoned his family in Hungary after stealing Army pay he was responsible for in the pay-corps he served in. Research shows that if true he blew it all once in America, as he was a sewer worker in Ohio soon after arriving.
  • (6) I have Quaker roots on both my Father’s side (via my Lapham branch) and my Mother’s side (via my Worthington branch).
  • (7) My 2nd great grandfather, Frank Sebok (1875-1951), had a glass eye. He lost an eye from when a cork exploded out of a bottle while he was attending to bottles of moonshine in his basement on a hot day.
  • (8) During the Great Depression, my 2nd great grandfather, George Kernan (1884-1960), and my great grandfather, Delmar Kernan (1908-1979), were employed as movers. Delmar earned 15 cents a day. My great grandmother Irene (Balla) Sebok (1913-2006), picked cotton in Texas cotton fields for 10 cents a pound.
  • (9) My 4th great grandfather, Felix Kiernan (ca. 1796-1883) sued the city he was living in after falling into an open whole in a city street.
  • (10) Oral history claims that I have Cherokee roots on both my Father’s side and my Mother’s side.
  • (11) I share common ancestors with a few famous people, such as Lucille Ball, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Susan B. Anthony, Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, and Norman Rockwell.

4.  Make up 11 questions to be answered by the 11 blogs who I choose to award the Liebster to:

Here are the questions I came up with for the blogs I nominated:

  • (1) How long have you been researching your family history?
  • (2) What made you begin researching your family history?
  • (3) Was there an ancestor or relative in your family that was also interested in family history or preserved important documents and records?
  • (4) Have you uncovered any connections to famous people?
  • (5) What is the furthest generation back that you have a photograph for that ancestor–i.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd great grandparent, etc.
  • (6) Do you have any family recipes that have been handed down through the generations?
  • (7) What was the country of origins for your grandparents?
  • (8) Name a fun fact from your paternal grandfather’s ancestry?
  • (9) Name a fun fact from your paternal grandmother’s ancestry?
  • (10) Name a fun fact from your maternal grandfather’s ancestry?
  • (11) Name a fun fact from your maternal grandmother’s ancestry?

5.  Nominate 11 bloggers who I personally enjoy, AND whose subscriber count does not exceed 200 and link to the 11 I choose, and then be sure to tell them why my website is pinging at them.

These are the eleven bloggers I nominate for the Liebster Blog Award. Each are wonderful and worthwhile genealogy related blogs for you to enjoy as much as I do. (I have no idea how to check how many people follow a blog, so I nominated some of the genealogy related blogs that I really enjoy reading.)

Thank you again Currentdescendent for the nomination. I truly appreciate it.

PS: If anyone knows the significance of 11 in connection to this blog award or the word Liebster, could you please let me know–I am curious.

15 thoughts on “Liebster Blog Award

      1. Hi Leslie, you are welcome. Thank you for answering my questions as well. You have some great info there. I think it is interesting to find famous connections, or as in your cause (Lizzy Borden) infamous. 🙂

  1. Thank you so much for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I very much appreciate the suypport and comments from fellow bloggers and appreciate that you have added me to your list. .

  2. Thanks very much for the honor, William! I’d love to read more about your Hungarian 3rd great-grandfather’s story. Those are the family legends that are the most fun to research. Keep up the great work here on your blog!

    1. You’re welcome, Lisa. I am still trying to find out more about my Hungarian roots–living in America it’s kind of difficult. My great grandmother met him and thought he was quite a character. 🙂

  3. Congratulations, William! I enjoy reading your blog and was surprised that you had found my blog and enjoyed it as well – enough to add me to your list of 11 nominated blogs. I have not been at this for very long (the blogging at least).


  4. Thank you very much William for thinking of me. I really appreciate it. I will do a post over the weekend acknowledging the award and link back to your site.

    PS. I love your header picture and quote.

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