I currently serve on the board of my county's genealogical society. I am always striving to become a better researcher and love to help others who want to get involved in genealogy.
In my personal life, I'm the mother of two young children who already find all of this incredibly boring. I also have a challenging career in a totally unrelated field and an understanding husband who nods while I drone on about census records and DNA testing.
My friends are often curious about my hobby and why I find it so interesting. I tell them this: I didn’t truly know who I was until I knew about the people who came before me. Learning about my ancestors’ lives has made me think differently about mine. Frankly, it’s amazing that I’m here, given all the obstacles my ancestors faced, and my very existence is really a tribute to their perseverance and determination. Knowing who they were and how they lived inspires me and gives me perspective.
“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ”
― Michael Crichton