My daddy was a great story teller, and he was full of family stories that I heard growing up. Mostly these were about people that I had never met, but I became familiar with their names and a little bit about their lives.
My husband’s family history was sketchy – including the origin of the unusual spelling of the name. When his uncle turned 80, he bought a computer and began writing the family story. He emailed it to me a chapter at a time. I wrote back asking more questions that he was happy to try to answer.
So began my genealogy interest. I like the hunt for the vital statistics and the relationships, but I really want to know the stories and lives of the names in the documents and faces in the photographs.
I am a librarian by profession, and in 2008 I became the library coordinator for genealogy services for the library system where I work. Because of this position, I have been able to expand my interest, knowledge, and passion. I make local genealogy presentations on behalf of the library system a few times each year. I have also taken courses with the National Genealogical Society to further my education in the field of genealogy.
I plan to share some of these family stories and discoveries on my blog. I hope you find them as interesting as I have enjoyed discovering them. Please share your comments with me.