What's On Your Mind? See What's on Mine!

This is the phrase Facebook asks when you log in to the home page. What's on your mind? I thought I would embellish on this in my blog today! What’s on my mind?

To start, I had the great pleasure of attending my first California Genealogy Society meeting this afternoon. It was a last minute decision, and I did have to rearrange my schedule in order to attend.

The guest speaker was a local Bay Area author, Francis Dinkelspiel. She is the author of “Towers of Gold: How one Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California.” Francis spoke of the research she entailed in writing the book and some of the stories she learned along the way about her great great grandfather Isaias, a financier. The book is a portrait of his life in Los Angeles and San Francisco. It relates well with today’s times of financial crisis. His life covers, the 1906 earthquake, stagecoach robberies, an assassination attempt and explains wonderfully where the “Tower of Gold” title developed. She was a compelling speaker, and the story is quite intriguing! Of course I bought her autographed book! I can’t wait to read it!

Next, I wanted to share with you that I was honored to meet a few of my fellow bloggers today at this meeting! Kathryn Doyle, Jennifer Jones Regan and Sheri Fenley were all in attendance! What great fun to meet them! To put a face with a name! Which leads me to…

What is on my mind?

In the past I have been asked numerous times, when was I going to give Msteri’s true identity? I never really felt there was a need for this, but today told me different. Kathryn, Jennifer, Sheri and myself had our picture taken together. I know a picture will be posted for all to see. I was asked what blog should be posted with this picture, and if I was going to ever “open up.”

Well, some of you who I have communicated with know who I am, but most of you don’t. When meeting fellow bloggers and attending genealogy events, I don’t want to be untruthful as to what I do or who I am! I also don’t want my readers or anyone else worrying about “uncovering me.”

So…I am unveiling myself to you today! (And no, I am not Gustave Anjou!) My name is Cheryl Palmer. I also author the blog “Graveyard Rabbit of South Alameda County.” When I started this blog, I really wasn’t sure if I would follow through with it. I needed to learn the blogging world, and I wasn’t sure if I was capable of the technological end of things. Bottom line, I didn’t want to embarrass myself with errors.

In the meantime, Facebook became all the rage, and I felt I then needed to have two Facebook accounts, one for each name and each blog. Now there is Twitter…what will be next? I decided the Facebook “Msteri” account will be going in limbo and will eventually be deleted. I will only continue with my “Cheryl Palmer” account. As you can see, having a pen name has added a lot of work, so simplifying will be wonderful.

My advice to any new bloggers ~ Don’t be afraid to just do it! With the Geneabloggers Group on Facebook (oh, how I wish it was there when I first started), you can get and or ask for all the help you may need! Or, you may leave comments here, and if I can help you I will. If I can’t personally help you, I will strive to find the help you may need.

(Before I could post this, I see the picture is up, you can see it here. Enjoy! In the next few days or so I will update my photo and information on this blog.)

I really enjoyed meeting Francis, Kathryn, Jennifer, and Sheri! You are all wonderful and fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Cheryl :-)


  1. Cheryl,

    I am so delighted to be part of your "coming out." I wonder if Facebook can help you merge your two profiles? It was so great to meet you (finally!) and Sheri. I think we four took a pretty good photo.

    CGS Mini Bloggers' Summit.

  2. Hi Kathryn,

    I am delighted you were a part of this! I sure had no idea this would happen today, but meant to be! Hum, that could be a thought, merges the two accounts, we shall see, thanks for the idea.

    It was great to FINALLY meet you too! So close, and yet so far!
    I agree, the picture turned out great!

    Thank you for the "help" and the great day! Great speaker, great new "meetings" ~ great day!

  3. Well I'll be damned! I got to tell you that I never would have guessed Msteri was you. Having another "identity" came through in your writing. Your style and tone in this blog is different than the one in your Rabbit column. Well now the perfect reason to get together again soon - to celebrate your coming out. I'm so glad we had the chance to meet today. We could be the 4 genea-teers!

  4. Hi Sheri,

    I thought you knew! Especially when we were talking about my Harley, as the picture of it was posted in this blog. I don't think we need a reason to get together, but I'll take this one! I really enjoyed meeting everyone yesterday! Now a new name too, the 4 genea-teers! You have such a great sense of humor!

  5. Hi Cheryl! Thanks for adding me as a friend on Facebook.

    I haven't yet had the pleasure of going to my first California Genealogy Society meeting. I keep promising Kathryn that I'll make it down there. Hope she doesn't give up on me. It'll be great to meet you both and gab about my favorite hobby (it's really more than a hobby for me).

  6. Hi Jeannie,

    It is great being your friend on Facebook! Kathryn won't give up on you I know! Be sure to let me know when you may be coming, so I can try to be there too!

  7. We talked about your Hog at scanfest. You came as yourself to the party. LOL

  8. Hi Sheri,

    You make me laugh! Must have been a heck of a party! :-)

  9. Ahh, that must a relief.

    Funny you are doing Facebook, we are on the same trajectory with our blogs! I'm just now getting into Facebook, have avoided it and don't care to do it personally (can't think of a SOUL i want to "find me") but will do one for KidsFlix marketing, more or less. I might come bugging you with stupid q's!

    love, sis

  10. Hi sis,

    I have been on Facebook since sometime last year. Right now they have changed their format and people are struggling with it. I also joined Twitter a couple weeks ago.

    Of course you want people to find you, you want them to find your blog!


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