I was born in Tiffin, Ohio and began my "formal" genealogy research in 1980. Although I have always been interested in family and especially have always enjoyed any family stories of "the old days" that my elders would tell me. I have three adult children, two of them married, all living out on their own, and two grandchildren. We have an "empty nest" and since I work only part-time, I have plenty of time to "play" with my genealogy.
I am endeavoring to follow each ancestral line back to the original immigrant and then come forward to the present day showing all descendants to each. I have over 55,000 folks in my database and I work on it everyday, to add more information on each person and/or more children and spouses to existing families.
My goal in placing the family files online is to make contact with living relatives who might help me to update my information, and just to "get to know" lost cousins!
I have a homepage on the net that is full in additional information. I specialize in information on Wyandot and Seneca counties in Ohio. I am the Webmaster ("mistress") for the Wyandot County OhGenWeb site since 2001. I have over 40,000 photos of tombstones my hubby and I have taken, to document burial listings found in the counties and to preserve them due to vandalism, erosion and neglect. We have visited many counties in Ohio and other states as well see my list at: Kris' cemetery page
Our vacations are planned around visiting cities in states where our ancestors or relatives once lived. Rarely do we drive past a cemetery without stopping in to look for familiar surnames on the tombstones! I am very lucky in that my husband also enjoys working on our genealogy. We have spent many hours in court houses and libraries doing research on our families.
I have purchased all the books from the genealogy society's that I belong to, that contain information on my families, such as marriages, births, and census records transcribed. My husband is a Civil War buff and has four shelves of books on that subject alone! My hubby buys me a full membership to Ancestry.com each year. Hey, it keeps me home and busy! ha ha
I am definitely addicted!!
- Other hobbies:
- Being a GRANDMA! I get my grandson, Aiden, once a week for 24 hours and we have such fun together. He is just a toddler and full of energy! (Update: I now have three grandchildren, and get them each separately one day a week)
- Built my own computer, and update it pretty regularly. My hubby bought me another monitor for Valentine's day. So now I have two monitors so I can look at one, while entering information using the other one. It is great! Enjoy all electronic gizmos! I have a great laptop too! This I take along on vacations, yes, I hate to be away from my computer!
- Perennial gardening. Although I must admit, as I age I can tolerate less and less weather extremes, and thus prefer to stay indoors in the heat/or Air Conditioning as needed to be comfortable.
- I started off years ago with Family Tree Maker 4.0. But hated the inability to enter data correctly and the limited ability it had to print books. I like to self-publish my works. I also became very weary of their constant upgrades and wanting more money, only to find little if any change to the software.
- In 2002 I switched to "The Master Genealogist" which I just love. It can do SO much more than FTM could!
- GenSmarts -a program that helps figure out what you need to research yet in your software.
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