One of my most treasured possessions is a ratty, tattered copy of my Peters & Baum family tree that my grandmother gave me as a budding tween. On the back of it, my middle school science teacher jotted a hall pass in 1987 and it stands as testament to how long I’ve carried these papers with me through countless moves, two marriages, two children and three Army bases. To say it holds a special place in my heart falls far short of its true value. When my grandmother gave me these, she couldn’t have possibly known they would be the start of a simple hobby that would grow into a full blown, passionate obsession.
My love for genealogy and history set me on the path to becoming a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution where I serve as my chapter’s public relations contact & VIS chairman, providing social media support. I was a volunteer researcher for the Fishkill Supply Depot, a Revolutionary War historic site, where we re-examined the thousands of muster rolls to identify the unknown soldiers potentially buried there on the grounds. I have also participated in several indexing projects for Family Search.org.
I hold a certificate in genealogical research through Boston University and will apply for my certification from the BCG following participation in the ProGen Study Group. In the spring, I will return to college to finish my history degree. I currently hold a social & visual media degree from Empire State College.
Surnames I am actively researching: Archer, Stewart, Peters, Baum, Lemaster, Cordle/Caudill, Wickham, Ackley, Woodhull, Jayne, Ball, Jones, Eccard