My interest in family history began with old home movies. I spent one summer digitizing the VHS tapes that my dad had made during my childhood. The following summer I was looking for a new project and decided to start building my family tree. In no time at all, I was hooked. From finding my grandparents in the 1930 census to reading old newspapers in hopes of find any mention of my ancestors, genealogy has become my passion. I have turned my hobby into a profession in 2011.
My family history has led me to a variety of records in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ontario, England and Germany. My favorite ancestral place to research is Indiana’s “Gore”, a triangle in Southeastern Indiana that was once part of Ohio. It included the present day counties of Dearborn, Franklin, Randolph, Ohio, Randolph, Switzerland and Wayne. Visit my Indiana’s Gore website to learn more about the area and research aids I have created.
I currently live in Fort Wayne, Indiana and spend many days researching at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. Residing so close to the nation’s second largest genealogy collection has allowed me to experience records from across the world (and spoiled me a little bit).
I earned a Professional Learning Certificates in Genealogical Studies General Methodology, American Records and English Records from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in May 2013. I attended the Advanced Land Research and Genetic Genealogy Courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. I also have attended numerous national and regional conferences.
I write about my family history adventures at my blog, GenWishList.
Please let me know how I can help you research your family history or if your organization is interested in my genealogy lectures. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.