About HOPE

Genealogy has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I started researching almost 30 years ago, but have been researching consistently for the last ten or so.  I am also curious by nature, and will research (in depth) anything that sparks my interest.

After working as a paralegal for over a decade, I decided to pursue my goal of completing my college education and enrolled at Old Dominion University. I graduated in December 2020 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies – Professional Writing concentration (and a minor in psychology).  

In addition, I subscribe to a variety of genealogy publications, and am constantly watching webinars and taking courses to enrich my genealogy research.

I have completed the following genealogy courses: 

  • Research Like a Pro (more recently, I was a Peer Group Leader for RLP8)
  • Research Like a Pro with DNA
  • NGS – Guide to Documentation and Source Citation
  • The National Genealogy Society’s:
    • AGS: the Basics
    • AGS: Beyond the Basics and
    • AGS: Branching Out
  • Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy – SLIG Academy 2023.
  • Beyond Fundamentals: Hands-On Forensic Genealogy – GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh) 2023
  • Attended the 2023 NGS Conference in Richmond, VA

I am currently a member of ProGen65 working toward certification with the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

In order to learn more about my own local history, I also volunteer one afternoon a week in the reference room of my local historical society.

I am a member of:

  • National Genealogical Society
  • Tennessee Genealogical Society
  • North Carolina Genealogical Society
  • Virginia Genealogical Society
  • LancasterHistory
  • Association of Professional Genealogists

My personal research is focused in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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