March 19, 2001

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Uncle Hiram Joins the Genealogy Today Writing Squad

Genealogy Today ( is pleased to announce that the popular Uncle Hiram's Adventures in Genealogy column, formerly hosted by, will now be published on their site.

"I am excited to be joining such a widely respected online publisher that offers so much for the amateur genealogist," explained Bill Hocutt (a.k.a. Uncle Hiram). "I have long enjoyed the wide range of articles and helpful tips and the fact that they will be supplying me with all the nachos I can eat was in no way a factor in my decision." [GRIN]

Adventures in Genealogy, first published in July 1998, takes a look at serious topics in genealogy with a light, often comical, approach. Bill elaborated, "It all started after I attended the Dallas County Genealogy Societies annual conference. As a joke, I wrote up a description of the conference and sent it to some of my friends. One of those friends was the editor of the Golden Gates Forum who included it in their newsletter and insisted I start writing for them."

In her April 2000 review,'s Christine Sievers stated, "Uncle Hiram's style is packed with pure, homespun irreverence. But don't be misled, it is full of information to keep your research on track, yet always a fun read."

In addition to writing his weekly column, Bill has also written for the Golden Gates Forum and Dallas County Genealogy Society newsletters. He launched the award-winning AlabamaSites (in late 1998) and TexasSites (in mid 1999) pages, which led to him becoming a founding member of StateGenSites. Plus, he is the county coordinator for the Franklin County Alabama ALaGenWeb and Van Zandt County Texas Migration sites.

"We're very excited that Uncle selected our site as his new home base," added Illya D'Addezio, owner of Genealogy Today. "Bringing his column to a broader audience will definitely be good for genealogy, and I'm glad we have the resources to accommodate Uncle's growing readership. Of course, those who know Uncle and his offbeat humor will appreciate that I wasn't quite sure at first if he was serious about joining our team." [GRIN]

Uncle Hiram will also be continuing his Site of the Month Award Program as an extension of his column. Previous winners have been listed on the Genealogy Today site.

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