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
- Association of Professional Genealogists
My personal research is focused in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.