I’ve been dabbling for years (and years and years!), uncovering interesting information about my ancestors along the way.
The time has come to put that information in a format that can be shared with my grandchildren’s grandchildren. My goal is to create a family history book for each of our ancestors.
While I’ve been climbing my family tree, many new genealogy resources have become available. To make my family history books accurate and complete, I’ll need to fill in some blanks, revamp my methods and revisit my sources.
I hope you’ll join me on this exciting journey. Together we just might become better genealogists!
Many of my ancestors moved to Chicago from Maryland, Ohio and Virginia; some immigrated to the Windy City directly from Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. That means you’ll find many references here to resources in and about Chicago as well as transcriptions of Chicago obituaries and others news items.
My DNA is a mixed bag from France, Great Britain, Germany, Isle of Man, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, so you’ll also find information about doing genealogy in those countries.
I began my family history research in the days of letter writing and microfilm. These days we all start on the Web, getting into the trenches only when the internet fails us. I’ll share what I’ve learned about both forms of research as I review and re-do mine in preparation for writing my family history books.
When I’m not spending quality time with my ancestors, I enjoy biking, testing new recipes, dining out, blogging, traveling, and most of all – hanging out with my husband, our families and our friends.