I have always been a lover of history, thanks to my father, who immersed me in it when I was young.
I love detective shows, since my mother has always watched them.
I am also a writer. I started writing in crayon on construction paper as soon as I learned to spell.
I love to read and learn. My parents encouraged me to read, and encouraged me to learn any and everything I could.
Combining all of these loves into allows me to sleuth out and add flesh to family stories, and find new stories that haven't been told in creative ways. Not only do I find the who and the when, but I try to find the why and the how come... and the what happened next.
Genealogy is a passion that allows me to do all of that.
I have been working on genealogy since I was a senior in high school, and have taken several courses to help me improve my skills. I am constantly working on my own genealogy, adding to it and changing the narrative and the speculations as more and more data is added to the internet, as more and more records are open to the public, as more and more family members connect with me via my various platforms for sharing my information.
My dream is to one day become more professional, but for now, I am still just an experienced amateur.
I have focused primarily on American records, but am not afraid to venture out into new countries as needed, and can read enough German and French to at least get the gist of a document. Finding new sources and understanding them is a learning process with me, and I am not afraid to share the journey with those who need help.
In my "real life" job I work in education, I am an avid crocheter and I love cats. My husband and I enjoy cooking, hiking and watching the stars.