Friday, November 15, 2013

Pilgrims and the Mayflower

Have you heard that Pilgrims wore buckles on their hats and wore black and white clothing?
Not true.
Have you heard they ate the same thing for Thanksgiving that we do?
Not true.
Have you heard ALL the people on the Mayflower were Puritans or Quakers and quite religious?
Not true, most but not all were.

I am the descendant of 11 Mayflower passengers from 6 distinct families. My husband descends from 1 Mayflower passenger (a different one than mine). I have studied some of my Mayflower ancestors and what they endured. I am thankful for their trials as it was not easy. So I am going to focus on one of the more famous, Myles Standish.

I have to say it was funny how I found out I was a descendant of Myles Standish. One Sunday afternoon, I was browsing the internet researching my family, and I came on this family tree that just kept going back. So I printed out some information and then it was time for my genealogy meeting. We all share what we had found, and I said I just found a lot of ancestors going back on this tree. My friend was looking and said "You descend from MYLES STANDISH!" I said "yes, so what?" I had NO CLUE who he was. She did know who he was. Later I found out he is in the DICTIONARY! That shocked me, as surely only famous people are in the dictionary.

Myles Standish was captain of the Mayflower. He and his wife Rose came over with the group, although Rose did not live long after the boat arrived. Rose died in the first winter after they arrived. A couple years later, when another ship was arriving, a woman named Barbara was on board and she married Captain Myles Standish.
Myles was in charge of the explorations for the colony. He often was in charge of getting supplies, hunting for food, and relations with the Indians. Captain Myles not only served the colony in the capacity of military captain; he also took an active role in the government itself. He served as assistant to the governor, treasurer and served in all the councils where war was involved.
I do not think Myles was involved in the religion of the Pilgrims, although he wasn't opposed to it either. Myles was close to their church and community, and he was hired as he was cheaper than John Smith and more sympathetic to their religious views than the experienced Captain Smith.
Myles and Barbara Standish had several children. His wife and 4 sons were left to mourn his death, and a daughter and daughter-in-law preceded him in death.

Thanks to Captain Myles and all the Pilgrims of the Mayflower for their hard life so that we may enjoy Thanksgiving each year!
If you wish to know more about the Pilgrims and the Mayflower, I recommend Caleb H. Johnson's work "The Mayflower and her Passengers" as well as his web site. Also The Mayflower Society prints books that list the descendants of each passenger through about 5 generations. I have the Myles Standish volume.
Hopefully I can focus on another passenger later this month.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

NEW Ancestry DNA results with better ethnicity

If you haven't heard, Ancestry DNA is in the process of refiguring everyone's DNA with new technology, giving better results. There is a little 2 minute video that comes up explaining more when you get your new results.

Look back: My results were that I am 61% Scandinavian and 38% British Isles with 1% unknown.
You can see my previous blog post to see that this seemed a little too high in Scandinavian and where is my German? I should be over half German.

New results:

That's right. I am 100% European. My ancestors were immigrants, mostly from northern Europe, and most likely did not own slaves. If they owned slaves, you'd think there might be a trace of African-American. The fact that I am NOT African-American is supported by my research and my extremely white (burns easily) appearance.
Okay, so Scandinavian is still high with 48%. Dad's ancestry must come through me A LOT. My Jorgensen grandfather should've been 100% Danish. When one clicks on each region, it gives more information. For example, Scandinavia is mostly Sweden, Norway and Denmark but could also be found in Great Britain, Scotland, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium. From what I've found, I'm thinking my Scandinavian is mostly from Denmark.
Ireland is next. My great-grandmother Katherine (Dacy) Regnier was Irish as her parents immigrated from Ireland. So this makes sense.
Europe West includes France and Germany mainly, and some smaller surrounding countries. My Regnier ancestors came from France, and my Hanks and Seggerman from Germany. My Seggerman grandfather should've been 100% German; he even spoke a little German when I was little.
Great Britain includes my Mayflower ancestors and my ancestors with surnames Foster, Lindsey and Gardner.
I don't think I should have any ancestry in "Europe East", but Ancestry lists Germany as an also located country so maybe that's where that comes in.
I also don't think I should have any ancestry from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain & Portugal), but Ancestry lists France as an also located country so maybe that's where that small amount comes in.
And I have traced NO ancestors back to Italy or Greece, but again Ancestry lists France as an also located country so maybe that's where that tiny amount comes in.
Or perhaps I need to do more research and maybe WAY back I'll find some Italian or Greek ancestor. I do love Italian food.
I do like this breakdown better and it seems to better match what I think it should be. It would be interesting to see what other relatives have, like my mom.
Now to go look at my matches, which hopefully they have improved too!

Disclosure: I am not an Ancestry employee, and I paid for my DNA test just like anyone else can. As a subscriber, I think a discount was offered. There are other DNA tests which show ethnicity from other companies, so this is not an endorsement. I receive no money from Ancestry for this post.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday's Faces from the Past: Husband's ancestor Nellie Armina (Richert) Foresman

This is a photo of Nellie Armina (Richart) Foresman. She is an ancestor of my husband.
Nellie was born August 22, 1870 in Hancock County, Illinois to Oscar Emmet and Caroline (Ramsey) Richart.
She married James Piatt Foresman on March 28, 1893 in Dallas City, Hancock County, Illinois. To this union, six children were born, 3 boys and 3 girls, namely Harry Oscar Foresman, Lloyd Emmet Foresman, Hugh Richart Foresman, Ruth Irene Foresman, Bessie Loraine Foresman, and Mary Louese Foresman.
Nellie passed away July 18, 1936 in Niota, Hancock County, Illinois and is buried in the Harris Cemetery (near Dallas City) in Hancock County, Illinois.
Through Nellie is where I found my husband's Mayflower ancestor, so I do have marriage license and death certificate for her, as well as this photo which I scanned in at my father-in-law's and her gravestone photo.
She is quite a pretty young lady; I do not know when this photo was taken although my guess would be around the time of her marriage.
Please contact me if you are related to this family. Thanks for reading.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Saturday Genealogy Fun: Random Research....Sally Beasley

Well it's Saturday which means Randy Seaver posts Saturday (Night) Genealogy Fun at his blog.
Here is the reference to today's:

1)  We're going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight...what is your first name? [This is the easy part!]

2)  Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the first person in your alphabetical name index is with a surname starting with the first two letters of your first name (e.g., my first name is RAndall, so I'm looking for the first person with a surname starting with RA).  [If there are no surnames with those first two letters, take the surname after that letter combination.]

3)  What do you know about this person based on your research?  It's OK to do more if you need to - in fact, it's encouraged!

4)  How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?

5)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post.

1) My first name is Beth (no, it's not Elizabeth)

2) I use TMG (The Master Genealogist) although I am thinking of changing programs or at least trying a new one or two or three out. 
The first (and only) person with a surname starting with BE is.....
  Sally Beasley

3-4) Sally Beasley died in about 1869 probably in Brown County, Ohio. She was the wife of Rev. Matthew Gardner, and the mother of Lucinda E. Gardner who married William Johnson Lindsey. So I am her 4th-great-granddaughter. 
I have that she was born in Virginia but not sure of the year. Her husband was born in 1790 so probably she was born around 1800 give-or-take a few years. 
So yet again this leads me to another person I probably need to do more research on. Her husband is somewhat notable so maybe there would be something more written on her. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Day 2 of Midwest Family History Expos

Day 2 of the Midwest Family History Expos:

First I attended James Tanner's "Family Tree has replaced the New Family Search. Are You Ready?". I wasn't quite sure what Family Tree was so this was good and I learned quite a bit. Family Tree is a "program" on FamilySearch's web site where there can be unified individual data, photos and stories, and sources from web sites. So Family Tree is a wiki. It is NOT YOUR family tree; it is EVERYONE's family tree. Everyone can make changes, but you get notified about people who makes changes on your people. You need a login and email to use this, but otherwise it is free. This was introduced in February 2012.

After that I attended two sessions on New York Research by Arlene Eakle. Since I am stuck on my client's New York ancestors, I thought I might get some help. Apparently New York is the hardest state to research as they appear not to have much online. And apparently Irish is the second hardest demographic to research (after African-American), and guess what? There are A LOT of Irish who immigrated to New York, including my client's! The first session focused on early 1700's Western New York research which didn't help me at all. The second session helped slightly more as she gave a couple of web sites that might help, as well as some Family History Center microfilms that might help. No revelations, and no huge New York web site I've been missing so that was a bit of a bummer. But maybe that means I'm thorough.

The last session I attended was James Tanner's Family Search Wiki. Those of us on #genchat had talked about the Family Search Wiki some time ago so I was already somewhat familiar with it. At that time, I had even made some small contributions to it. So I didn't learn as much at this one, but again this was not the presenter's fault. This was a packed room, so maybe I was the only one who didn't learn much. I did learn that Mr. Tanner is a moderator of the Wiki so if you make changes to Arizona and Utah, he is probably going to look at them. Of course, he says almost no one does research in Arizona, which makes sense when you think of the population that retire there.

So overall it was a good conference. I may not have always made the best choices in sessions I attended. There were 5 or 6 choices each time. Family History Expos gives you a CD of the syllabus for EVERY class when you register, which is worth it. About 300 pages of genealogy information on a CD is worth the registration fee, and if you want a printed copy then you pay extra. And I didn't win any prizes but maybe next time! It sounds like they are coming back to central Nebraska next year! Contact me if you have questions about this.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Review of Midwest Family History Expos

This last weekend I went to the Midwest Family History Expos. It seemed like a smaller crowd this year, and maybe a few less presenters, and a few less displays. No one was selling shirts or bags. I wore my "I seek dead people; I'm a genealogist" shirt on Friday and several people commented on it. I could've ordered these from the company and sold several! Note to Fun Stuff for Genealogists (.com), please come next year.

Okay so here is what I picked and attended. At least my genealogy friend from my town who also attended only picked one of the same ones I did!

1. Friday afternoon: Since I have a Flip-Pal Scanner, I started with Philipp Mayer's presentation "How to use the Flip-Pal Scanner to Document your family in 5 easy steps". This course was marked "all levels" but should've been marked as beginner. Anyone who has owned and used their Flip-Pal pretty much knew what was in this presentation. So I didn't learn much, other than I need to update my software and what one accessory does. I don't think this is the fault of the presenter; he did a fine job.

2. Next was James Tanner's "Exploring the Resources of MyHeritage and". I went to many of James' presentations as I liked them and I usually learned a lot or at least something. Last year I went to his library presentation which was very informative so I thought I would learn a lot from this one. I was right, as I didn't know much about MyHeritage. MyHeritage has family trees from all over the world in 40 languages, and it has things like smart match, super search and record matches. It sounded like full access costs about $200 a year but it might be worth it if it finds ALL your Findagrave matches in your tree, etc. I think it could be better than Ancestry. I'm going to have to check out MyHeritage. I did download the app while in the class but need to use it.

3. After supper, I took in another of James Tanner's presentations "Setting Goals to Focus Your Research". This was marked as "Experienced" and I'm nearly positive I was the youngest one there, so the others probably wondered HOW I could be "experienced". Well I never got lost, so I think I was in the right place. Some of these tips were familiar, but some were new. The main one I have trouble with is "work on one family at a time". I tend to bounce around, but sometimes I work on one family line one day and another the next so I think that's what he meant.

4. Last on Friday I went to Arlene Eakle's "Basic Sources 1775-1815" class. She mentioned how this is the toughest time period and gave some helpful hints on the order to find records and strategies. For the most part I agreed, other than she says try marriage records first and census records second. I nearly always start with census records as access to them is usually easier (less expensive too). Maybe she can find a lot of marriage records online but states I research usually require ordering them. I enjoyed her class too, although some of this was probably familiar to me.

That was day one. Hopefully I will blog about day two tomorrow. If you want to know more about the presenters, Arlene Eakle has a web site with her blogs, and James Tanner blogs and is on Twitter (@genealogysstar).

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Matrilineal line

Found this idea from a Saturday Night Fun post of Randy Seaver's here:

So I thought I would do this today. Yes it's Thursday, not Saturday, oh well. And I have not had my mitochondrial DNA tested; I've just had a total DNA test on Ancestry. There is more on that on another of my blog posts.

My matrilineal line:
a) Beth E. (Jorgensen) Sparrow -- me
b) Betty  -- my mom who is still alive
c) Pamelia Julia Regnier (1913 Baca Co. CO -- 2008 Jefferson Co. NE) married Lester Seggerman
d) Katherine "Katie" Dacy (1878 prob. St. Louis MO -- 1949 Jefferson Co. NE) married Roy Regnier
e) Lucy Bridget Crahan/Crane (1838 Ireland -- 1890 prob in NM) married James Dacy

And that's as far as I can go, because then I hit Ireland. And Irish is the second hardest demographics group to research (the hardest is African-American), as per Megan Smolenyak.

My father's matrilineal line:
a) Francis E. Jorgensen (1943 Sidney NE -- 2004 Omaha NE)
b) Mabel L. Foster (1908 Tilden, NE -- 1998 Cambridge NE) married Alfred Jorgensen
c) Edith Adel Hanks (1875 Dodge Co, WI -- 1951 Sidney, NE) married Charles A. Foster
d) Martha E. Fields (1853 New York -- 1933 Tilden, NE) married Charles William Hanks
e) Caroline Cealey (1830 England -- 1914 Tilden, NE) married Jesse Fields

And that's as far as I can go there.
So I have some more work to do on the ladies in my line but it is hard to do that overseas research with limited funds and time and small children.
Please contact me if you are related, especially if we haven't communicated back and forth before.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday's Tip: Tools You're Probably Not Using....and Maybe Should Be

Today is Two for Tuesday. Okay that's what it was for me growing up, on the radio they would play two songs by the same artist ALL day in a row.
So Tuesday's Tip: Tools You're Probably Not Using....and Maybe Should Be. These are tools you probably already have, either on your computer or on a web site. Now by computer, I mean the PC/IBM version; you Mac people are on your own.

1. Snipping Tool: These application comes standard on Windows 7 (Vista and 8 also). I hear it's under Accessories; okay I checked it is there. Mine is in my top 10 applications I use so I don't have to find it there. This will take a screen shot and save it to your computer. I first used it for gaming. Now I have found it's also useful for genealogy. Don't want the whole census page? Open Snipping Tool, make a box around the part you want and save to your computer. Will save some paper too.

2. Sticky Notes: Also an application that comes with Windows under Accessories. Tired of writing things on sticky notes and sticking them to your desk or screen? Yep this is the app for that.

3. To Do List on I use this instead of the Sticky Note app. has a To-Do List on the home page. Did you get to researching late at night, and want to note where you left off? Use Ancestry's To-Do List to note which family lines you need to continue working on. Currently mine has about 20 tasks to do on it; I hear you're supposed to delete these (cross them off) when you're done. I don't get to do that very often, if I ever have.

4. Virtual Cemeteries on Do you have a hard time remembering where your 3 times great-grandparents are buried? Wouldn't it be great if you could organize them by families? YOU CAN! You can make virtual cemeteries on so you can save ANYONE'S memorial to your surname group, or your war group or whatever group you want to make. These can also be private or public.

5. Password saver on your browser: As genealogists we probably have hundreds of log-ins. We can't remember all those, but your computer can! Any time I log in with a password to a web site, Google Chrome asks me if I want to save it. If it's a web site I go to daily or weekly, I usually say "no" because I know those. If I go to the site less frequently, I say "yes" because I'm not going to remember it. Better than sticky notes on your screen, in your drawer or a book of passwords. Back when I had a PRN/substitute job, I could NEVER remember my work password, so I wrote it down on a sticky note each time I changed it and stuck it to the back of my ID badge. My badge always went home with me each time so it wasn't the securest form, but I didn't leave it out for anyone to copy either.

I think that's all I can think of now. Next would be applications that are helpful such as Dropbox and Evernote, but maybe that will have to be for NEXT Tuesday. Can you think of any tools? Comment below. I'd be glad to hear them. That's how we learn, by sharing.

Monday, May 6, 2013

What I learned at NeSGS from an UNofficial blogger

This last weekend I attended NeSGS (Nebraska State Genealogical Society) annual conference with featured speaker Beth Foulk. Beth is from the Kansas City area and volunteers at the Midwest Genealogy Center, which I visited in March.
I enjoyed Beth's presentations; she is fun, provides great outlines and informative. All great to have in a speaker. Plus we share the same first name. I'm not sure if she is an Elizabeth though, as I am not, so we may not share the same given name (which was a small part of her talk).
Beth talked about timelines, beginner mistakes, genealogy book web sites, sourcing and Nebraska settlers. I enjoyed ALL of her topics, but my favorite was probably the genealogy book sites. I also learned a lot about the NEW web site presented by Floyd Smith III.

Check out the all new web site. New features include a calendar where anyone can add events. Beware though, if you try to add a quilting event, Floyd will delete it. Only genealogy events should be added. This should help us have a place where all Nebraska genealogy events can be located online.
Members have special benefits on Why should I be a member you ask? Well for a mere $20, you can see applications of first family, pioneer family and others. Some of these include much genealogy for a family, as much as 12 pages for one family! Plus you get the Nebraska Ancestree mailed to you. Also you get access to ALL past issues of the Ancestree on so you can search them. Past issues of the New Brass Key will also be online for members. Members can rent microfilm and library books.

What I learned from the genealogy book web sites topic: Well I'm sure you knew (as I did) that there are online books on and also Heritage Quest (available through your library). Also Family Search has about 80,000 books on and these are all genealogy and history.
BUT the new and big one for me was They have 16,000 genealogy releated books drawing from about 40 universities. Hathi Trust has over 10 MILLION books online. No need for a Kindle now, just pull up this web site, do a search and pull up the PDF file of what you want to read. Plus on Hathi Trust you can make a list of books, so if you want to save your genealogy books to find later, you can. Note that this list is public so John Doe can see what genealogy books you have saved.

Well I'm sure I have gone on long enough. I always enjoy genealogy conferences, getting to know others who enjoy what I do, learn new web sites and techniques, and having fun. No losing weight though, as there is a lot of eating and sitting. Good food at the Midtown Holiday Inn in Grand Island, highly recommend their mashed potatoes. Yum yum!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Funeral Card Friday: great uncle Paul

My grandmother's family seemed to be blessed by living long lives. Sure, she had two brothers die in infancy and one sister die as a teenager. But once her and her siblings made it to adulthood, they seemed to live a long life.
front of funeral card

Here is the funeral card from my great-uncle Paul P. Regnier. He was my grandmother's brother. Uncle Paul and Aunt Laura never had any children, so I think they enjoyed seeing their nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. They lived in the same town as my grandparents, so often when the family gathered, Uncle Paul and Aunt Laura would stop by. 
Uncle Paul was born in 1906 and lived to 2005, until he was 98 years old. The last years of his life were spent in the nursing home. His younger sister never married or had children, and she was particularly close to him especially late in his life. This great-aunt of mine is the last sibling of my grandmother who is still living, at the age of 94. My great-aunt is in the nursing home and my mom takes care of her finances.
I particularly like the front of this funeral card with the pretty scenery. I think perhaps this is a Thomas Kincaid photo but I'm not sure. 
Rest in peace Great Uncle Paul; you led a good long life.  

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday: Marriage momentos

Well I am months behind on blogging but I found a couple subjects on Geneabloggers I thought I might blog about, so hopefully a post today and tomorrow.

My "treasure chest Thursday" post is not from a treasure chest at all, but they are special momentos to me. They come from my walls. I have my great-grandparents' marriage license framed with photos, and my grandparents' marriage license framed with a photo and their rings. Plus I have my own marriage momentos framed.

First here is my great-grandparents' marriage license framed with photos: Chris (Jorgen Christian) Jorgensen and his wife Katie Nelson. This is written in Danish.

Okay I had that image rotated and now it rotated back when I added it.
Next is my grandparents' marriage license with photo and rings: Mable L. Foster and Lars Alfred Jorgensen

Last is a collection of my wedding momentos that I put in a shadow box:

Everyone took pictures of my wedding cake so I had lots of extra photos of that.
These are very special to me.
If you have wedding licenses and photos, I'd advise framing them so you can treasure them, rather than have to sift through papers or folders to find them.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Presidents' Day

Today is Presidents' Day. If you have the day off, I hope you had a good one. When you work at home as a genealogist and stay-at-home mom, today is not a day off.

So do you have presidential relatives? If you descend from people of early colonial days, it's pretty easy to find out.

Using my five unique Mayflower ancestors and the list of famous descendants on Caleb Johnson's Mayflower History page, I found some presidents that are my relatives.

1. President John Quincy Adams and his son President John Adams descend from John Alden.

2. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt descends from John Howland, and he also descends from Isaac Allerton and is therefore related to my husband.

3. President George Bush and President George H. W. Bush descend from John Howland.

4. Vice President Dan Quayle could be my closest presidential relative as he descends from Myles Standish and John Alden, and their children Alexander Standish and Sarah Alden who were married (as I also do). He descends from a son of theirs.

5. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin descends from John Howland.

Another famous person who I am probably closer related to is Dick Van Dyke. We share common ancestors Myles Standish and John Alden, and their children Alexander Standish and Sarah Alden who were married. Then he descends from one sister (Sarah) and I a different sister (Lorah).

A couple years ago I found my step-mother-in-law's family is related to President Barak Obama. They didn't really take that as good news. As you can read in Megan Smolenyak's book, President Obama's mother has ancestors from early colonial America so he has many relatives. His mother was white, although we don't seem to hear much about her.

Happy Presidents' Day! Have a happy day of whatever genealogy or family history you can do!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Review of genealogy goals 2012

Well here it is January 2013 and I'm late in blogging (again).
I want to review my goals from 2012 to see how I did, and then in the next post form some genealogy goals for 2013.

Personal genealogy: 1. I wanted to finish my husband's Mayflower application, which I worked on some, but I still need to finish and mail in, so progress made but not completed.
2. Starting our SAR and DAR applications, no progress made, did not start
3. I did do some more work on my brick wall lines (my Irish DACY) and a few others. I went to my mom's hometown and found several obituaries. Good to have the obits although they're not on my brick wall lines and didn't provide much new info.

Volunteer genealogy: 1. I did finish photographing the Osceola Cemetery (Nebraska) and put all the names on Findagrave. Photos are all taken, but not on the site. I also started photographing the Graceland Cemetery in Shelby and put names on Findagrave. Progress made, almost complete!
2. Get a directory and signs up in Stromsburg Cemetery: This goal is dependent on the board, and we are making progress but haven't gotten this done yet. So I've try to do all I can with this one.
3. Updating Kearney Co GenWeb: This goal changed during the year, as I found someone else to take my place as Kearney County GenWeb coordinator, and I adopted the Polk County GenWeb. Since I live in Polk County, maybe this makes more sense, although I have no ancestors or relatives here to my knowledge. And I've done nothing with the Polk County GenWeb site since I adopted it. I need to figure out how to upload (FTP) again, download a free program, etc.

Writing, Research & Reorganization: 1. Write 2 blog posts a month or 24 for 2012: Well I did this halfway; I wrote 12 blog posts for 2012.
2. Take one day and go somewhere not too far (Tilden or Fairbury) to find more records on one of my family lines: DONE! I took a Saturday in early October and got some obituaries in Fairbury, and some gravestone photos for others.
3. Keep my genealogy papers and computer files organized and do backups monthly or at least quarterly: I did do some of this but definitely could've done better. I did a couple backups, I think. I have piles of papers in baskets.

Education & Socialization: 1. Go to at least one genealogy conference: DONE! I went to at least two. I went to the Nebraska conference in Grand Island in May, and went to the Family History conference in Kearney sponsored by
2. Take at least one genealogy webinar: Didn't do. Still need to sign up and do one. It's just hard to find one to fit my time, and to decide which to take.
3. Continue to read other genealogy blogs and follow #genealogy on FB & Twitter: DONE! I have read other blogs sporatically, and do follow lots of people on the Facebook and the Twitter.
4. Continue to meet almost monthly with our local genealogy group: DONE! We meet almost monthly, the last Monday of the month, although usually skipping May and December.
5. Look into some education to becoming a "professional" genealogist: Progress made! I went through most of the family history course online and joined a couple more associations. I guess you might call me a "professional genealogist" as I have now gotten paid for genealogy work I've done for others. And I'm loving this!

Well I think I did okay. What do you think? Obviously some of my goals I can probably just move over for 2013! Stay tuned later today or tomorrow (hopefully) for my 2013 goals.