I live in Massachusetts, but I am a New Yorker at heart. I was born and raised on Long Island and that will always be “home”, even if it is a shared designation.
My first introduction to genealogy was probably an elementary school project. A lot of my personal ancestry was (and still is) a mystery and all four of my grandparents were gone before I was born so there wasn’t that avenue to explore. My dad knew virtually nothing about his mother, and little about his father and paternal grandparents. My mother knew more about her side, but still the knowledge did not go very deep. It was interesting, but like many interesting things from childhood it quickly got replaced with other interests.
Fast-forward many years- I’m grown, married, living in our first owned home and my dad is retired in Florida. My dad visits and shares with me a family history done by a cousin that gives the name of his mother. If there was one moment that really sparked my interest I think it was that. His joy in having some information. That was about 20 years ago, and though the time I’ve had to devote to it has ebbed and flowed, my interest has remained strong. I’ve made some great finds and am excited to share what I know.
This blog is written to share my findings. Most of my ancestry is European, some here a very long time, others more recent immigrants. I’m not a writer, and blogging is very new to me, but I wanted to try to share the stories of my ancestors. Writing about them involves a lot of review of research, some more research, tightening up in my file of some sources, and finally putting it down on paper. Sometimes it makes me look at the research in ways I never really saw it before- making connections, drawing possible conclusions. It’s also making me ask some more questions.
In addition to loving family history, I love animals and work at a veterinary clinic. Veterinary technology is a second career for me, after college I started out in mortgage banking. Several years later I went on a maternity leave that turned into a return to college for my second degree. While it is certainly not all “playing with puppies and kittens” I am grateful to have been able to spend the past decade or so working with a super group of people committed to providing the best care possible to our patients.
Most importantly of all, I am blessed to share my life with my wonderful family – my amazing husband, two terrific kids and a fabulous dog-Nemo. They are my greatest joys!