Readership Award Nomination


I humbly accept the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award and pay the honor forward.

When I was notified by Liv Taylor-Harris, at Claiming Kin, that she nominated me for the Readership Award I was quite taken back; shocked and speechless best describe my reaction. I read about the award on Twitter, and thought to myself, “What a wonderful award to receive,” and at the same time felt I was not yet in that league. When I began sharing my ancestors story just under 6 months ago; I was almost terrified in getting my stories out. Taking the big step of blogging appeared intimidating. However, Liv comments and others, gave me a greater confidence in blogging.

Being honored by Liv Taylor Harris at has so much meaning. Her attractive blog is filled with family stories/research/pics of her Texas kin as well as tips, and bits. I often visit to catch up with the latest in the gene-world, as well as catch a glimpse of her visitors from around the globe. Whenever you stop by, browse, and leave a comment, she always takes the time to respond. Liv’s heart is as big as the state of Texas. Thank you again for your nomination.

Those who created this award wrote, “As bloggers, we are also readers. That is a part of blogging as listening is a part of speaking.”

Those bloggers nominated for awards are expected to “pay the honor forward.”

Here are the rules to follow:
(i) Don’t forget to thank the nominator and link back to their site as well;

(ii) Display the award logo on your blog;

(iii) Nominate no more than fourteen readers of your blog you appreciate and leave a comment on their blogs to let them know about the award;

(iv) Finish this sentence: “A great reader is…”

This is my sentence:
“A great reader is one who approaches every word with an openness to learn, question, and comment with words of encouragement, laced with kindness.”

As I pay the honor forward
My nominations are those gene-bloggers who have commented on my blog “time after time”:
David @
Sheryl @
Heather @
George @
Sandra @
Liz @

By shelley dewese

As I continue to search out my history, I am discovering how much I did not know. The more information that is disclosed about my ancestry, the more I learn and understand how I am the person that has evolved today. As a native New Yorker, with roots in Coastal Georgia and deep roots in the Danish West Indies, now the Virgin Islands of the United States or commonly referred to as the United States Virgin Islands, I have always had a yearning to return to my maternal homeland. In September of 1976, my family and I relocated back to St. Croix. While living in New York, I was always telling my friends about my trip back home, but here I was actually waking up every day, walking among the streets and people that I have identified myself with all of my life. At the time, I was not involved in any genealogical work, but I knew there was a missing link that became completed after I was offered the opportunity to transfer Danish documents into a database. That opened up my world and I realize that this was my niche. I now had the tools to explore and document my ancestry. Growing up, my mother always impressed upon her children the pride in being a “Bough”, which was her surname. Now I was able to track where that pride came from, through participating in family history projects and meeting new family, as we gathered together for the Bough Family Reunion on St. Croix in July of 2012. As I continued to research, I found my passion extending to photography. Sunsets and street art are my favorite features, as shown in my tumblr blog I also began blogging, and found that it has help me to improve my writing skills. Through the comments and well wishes, I have been encouraged to continue to write the stories and events of my life. Whether or not your roots trace back to the Danish West Indies, you will find a beautiful tapestry of life that reflects our “baseball and apple pie”. This site affords you the chance to transform yourself to a time during the Danish period (1734-1917) where life was both simple and complex. If you have any questions, comments, or need assistance in searching for a Danish West Indies ancestor, I invite you to drop me an email.


  1. Thank you so much for nominating me. 🙂 . I have enjoyed reading and looking forward to learning more about your family. Hey I have only been doing this since May 2011, so I haven’t been doing this that long either. You’re off to a great start.


  2. Congratulation many times over cous….you’re so courageous and I admire you for it. Taking time to blog about family is also such a courtesy to the legacy they have left us !!


  3. Congratulations, Cous! I have learned and continue to learn so much about our family ties. It makes us all feel more connected to each other.



  4. I am delighted to congratulate you on this award. You persistence in recording this family history has been presented with integrity and sometiimes even humor. I am sure all who read your posts have learned things they would never have had the opportunity without your site.


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