About me

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!

9 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Karen, I finally found the blog and look forward to reading it. I read the entries about Hiram Serviss and James Serviss. Now I go back and read the rest of the story😄. Thanks for doing this. Cousin John


  2. Hi Karen, sorry but I can’t find a contact button on your site.
    Do you have George Wombwell’s death certificate?
    I’d really appreciate you emailing me a copy if you have?
    Thanks and feel free to erase this.


  3. Karen I found your blog by chance while researching my family, My grandfather was Maurice McGlynn, and Alice was my great grandmother, I have memories and information to share. Not sure how to get in touch with you.


  4. Hi, Karen! Over the years I have very much appreciated all the work you’ve put into researching our shared family history. We were born a year apart, I’m your 2nd cousin, John’s daughter. I always thought it was super cool that two sisters (your mom Viola, my gandma Frances) married two brothers (your dad, my Uncle Bob, and my grandfather John.) Yes, their collective ancestry was a total mystery in so many ways when we were young.

    In a comment on one of your posts, Steven (I think my dad’s brother, your 1st cousin) remarks that the McGlynn’s are Irish.

    My understanding from my father is that his side of the family was English, Scottish, and Welsh (McGlynn) and German (Serviss.)

    If I search social media, most McGlynn’s are living in Scotland. There is a region in Ireland that relates back to our shared family name of McGlynn. Very curious!

    If you can share any insights on this, I’m very interested.

    Best, Jennifer


    • Hi Jennifer!

      I’m so happy to hear from you. Yes, I remember you well 🙂

      I have little information about the McGlynn’s in Ireland, and I have wondered about Scotland as well. What I have found are records of Alice McGlynn’s grandparents, Maurice and Mary (Maloney or Maroney) McGlynn. The records I found that had indicated they were born in Ireland were English records. In the census’ where I had found them, they both indicated place of birth as Ireland (one gave the locality as Limerick). The neighbors in the census had Ireland places of birth as well, so it seems they lived in a section of town where the Irish immigrants settled. I also found Maurice McGlynn in workhouse (poor house) records that indicated he was Irish.

      I have not found any Irish records yet of either of their births or any other information about them in Ireland. They may exist; I’m not very familiar with searching for Irish records yet as I have concentrated on other family lines. Someday, I intend to learn more about existing Irish record collections and how to effectively search them.

      I’ve had much more success in English records and in German records, as well as records here in America. We have a couple of colonial lines back on the Serviss side. One of our lines included some early settlers of Massachusetts (and Maine when it was part of MA). But no Mayflower that I know of 🙂 We also have a line that was part of the early settlers of NJ/NY.

      Despite what I have been able to find, we also have quite a few mystery lines!

      It was great to hear from you and I hope you keep in touch!



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