As a kid, I remember wanting desperately to be an adult already. I wanted a say in important conversations. I wanted to understand all the big words being said and make remarks that garnered a laugh on purpose, instead of on accident. Once I grew up, it took mere seconds to forget about that feeling—feeling so small. I thought it was a mountain you only had to conquer once in your life.Read More
There's little things you don't know you care about until they're gone; things like the Fourth of July. It's not my favorite holiday. It's probably not even in my top three. But as it rolled up on me here in the UK, I realized there would be no fireworks. No Mom's macaroni salad. No Dad on the barbecue. It would be just another day to everyone else. And it would have to be just another day for me, too.Read More
Keeping up a blog while starting a new job, moving to a new country, and trying to find my footing in an entirely new world without my support system was near impossible. I told a coworker of mine that I'd meet his challenge to finally add to the blog again last week. I didn't keep my promise. I had a case of the blues. Unfortunately, the blues can be hard to shake. So I figured I'd write about it. That counts, right?Read More
For the record, I had an excellent day until about five minutes ago.Read More
Day 2 started at 3:30 AM, when I could not convince myself to go back to sleep. It was pitch black outside. I could see a few city lights sprinkled out in the distance from my bedroom window. With all the time in the world, I trudged downstairs. I made myself a crumpet with peanut butter and jelly. Sacrelig, I think.Read More
Adjusting to any new place can be difficult. I've traveled to places as far as China where I couldn't even speak the language and yet, somehow, my first week in England has felt more foreign to me than any other place I've traveled.Read More
Little Hot Air Balloon Dreams
Reducing everything I own to 30 line items.
“Are you excited?”
This is what I get asked the most often-- whether I’m excited to leave the place I’ve called home since birth and move to a country I visited once for 9 days in my ever-observant tween years.Read More
Did you know I was featured on the NextGen Genealogy Network? NGGN is a great community for us rare birds who got into genealogy at a young age. Recently, they requested submissions for real-life stories about how genealogy connected young genealogists with elder generations. I jumped at the opportunity.Read More
Trying to trace your Ancestor's whereabouts? Struggling with name variations from document-to-document? Making a Timeline can help organize your research in a way that makes sense, while giving you the flexibility to reorganize the data endlessly.Read More
My DNA series is finally here!
I've had a great deal of time to myself lately to start recording the many Ancestry Techie videos I had planned. This week, I'm tackling DNA. Check it out!Read More
My first Quick Tip is now LIVE on Youtube!
If you've ever wished you could connect with other genealogists in your ancestors' hometown, check out this handy tip.Read More
I've been filming multiple tutorials in preparation for The Ancestry Techie launch on September 1st. I cannot express how excited I am to launch this baby!Read More