Well….. although I have had my own web domain (www.digginbones.com) for about 10 years now; I have never really done a blog. That is, until now. I decided it was time for me to start blogging about some of my genealogy adventures.
A little about me. I began my personal genealogy journey about 15 years ago. It didn’t take me to long to find out that I lived only about 2 hours from the world’s second largest genealogy library; the Allen County Library, in Fort Wayne, IN. I started making frequent trips there; leaving my house early in the morning, so that I was there before they opened the doors at 9 am. Often times, I remained there until closing time; at 9 pm, on weeknights.
At the time, I made my living as a karaoke host; running karaoke several nights a week. Of course this left my daytime hours free for genealogy. I spent many hours, every day, researching my ancestors; and developed a huge passion for it.
I was very fortunate to be able to make several trips to the States and Counties which my ancestors had come from. I traveled to many Court Houses, Libraries, Graveyards, State Archives, etc. I have always loved standing on ground that my ancestors had once stood; or, being able to stand at the grave of a great-great grandparent.
Most of my ancestors had immigrated to Maryland in the 1600’s. They eventually made their way to North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky; and eventually to Indiana.
About 10 years ago, I moved to my present home, in Redkey, IN. This put me much nearer to the Allen County Library; and afforded me even more opportunities to visit the library there. Being only about 50 miles from the library; I decided that I wanted to try my hand at genealogy as a profession; and began doing so, on a part time basis.
As I got very tired of hosting karaoke; I decided, about 6 years ago; that it was time for me to take a leap of faith, and made genealogy my full time occupation. I was a little nervous in the beginning, since I would no longer have my regular karaoke jobs to support me. However; I was also pretty confident in my own abilities as a genealogist. I never looked back! The past few years have been very good to me. Although I know that I won’t likely make a lot of money as a professional genealogist; I am able to make a living at it; and love my job! I have had the great pleasure of helping hundreds of people over the years; and have broken down many brick walls.
Most of the research I do for clients, is “brick wall” research. All of us run into one of those walls in our genealogy research; and I love being able to help folks gets past those points. I have had many interesting cases over the past 10 years; and never get tired of it. This blog will give me a chance to share some of those interesting stories that I come across in my research. I also hope to be able to share some genealogy research tips here as well.
Until next time…..