Tracing my family history is something I always wanted to do. I wanted to know everything about those who I came from but would never meet. I wanted to investigate the family lore that I would hear the grown ups speak of. Something in me just needed to know all there was to know.
In 1999, I decided to research my family tree and give the results as Christmas gifts. I was instantly hooked! I quickly realized I had a true passion and the ingenuity it takes to research successfully. I held myself to high standards from the beginning. Later, through education, I would learn that the standards and practices I had in place were practices used by professionals.
I began taking a few clients while my children were still in school. I was a bit leery at first - would I enjoy the mysteries and thrill of the chase for a family that wasn't mine? I quickly learned that I, without question, was just as interested. Not only did I realize I loved it just as much, but I also got the pleasure of seeing the excitement of someone learning about themselves for the first time.
Today, I research and report my findings to clients full time. I am a proud member of the National Genealogical Society where I have spent the last several years taking courses to further my genealogical knowledge. In June of 2018 I joined a rigorous, twelve month peer review group - ProGen 37! This small group is mentored by two ProGen alumni. My goal is to obtain my *Certified Genealogist designation, for which I am "On The Clock." While this designation is not a requirement for a genealogist, gaining it will show that I practice at the highest of standards.
When not wearing my genealogist cape, I'm a wife, a mom and a daughter. My two sons are both adults which is why I'm able to do this full time. My husband and I have been married nearly twenty six years and life is good. My mother, who is a young eighty six year old, lives with us as well as my baby, Jeff. Jeff is a three year old Pitador who stole my heart with his pitadorableness!
*To review the standards I adhere to, please visit the Board for Certification of Genealogists.