And we are back this week with a brand new interview in our Genealogy in the Works series. For other interviews like Being Gay in Genealogy or Keeping Grandma’s Hair – Interview with world-renowned Victorian Hair Artist click here. Today’s interview is with a new-and-upcoming genealogist, Hazel Scullin.
I met Hazel earlier this year at Rootstech 2019 when we happened to be tweeting about the same lecture we were in together. During the lecture, we live-tweeted the information that was being relayed to us and made plans to quickly meet right after it was over to say IRL. After that, Hazel and I saw each other constantly around the conference, including at the FamilySearch dinner.
Since then, we’ve bonded on on-and-offline and traded stories of genealogy, family history and our utterly helpless obsession with it. A few weeks ago I approached her about giving an interview here at The Hipster Historian and she said yes. Read on below to see why genealogy and family history means so much to her.
Q: Tell us about yourself!
I am a proud Californian, binge TV watcher, foodie, and genealogist. I recently graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a bachelor’s in family history. I am starting two internships this month; one with Family Locket and the other with FamilySearch in their records department. My research interests are US genealogy and history, women’s history, LDS church history, and genetic genealogy. I hope to be accredited in the Midwest states.
Q: When did you first get into genealogy and what spurred this interest for you?
I have loved history and family history for as long as I can remember. I grew up in the historic Gold Country of California and loved learning about the history of the place that we lived. I also loved hearing family stories and looking at pictures. One of my favorite things to do when I visited my grandma was to look through her old photo albums and listen to her stories about our family.
When I began school at BYU, I learned that there was a family history major. I had only recently started doing my own family history, but I felt like I should pursue the family history degree. I had no idea what lay ahead of me!
Q: What is a fun story about your own family history that you would like to share?
As I mentioned above, I grew up in a very historic location in California; about 10 minutes away from Sutter’s Mill. Once I started researching my own family, I found that my sixth great grandparents moved to California during the Gold Rush. My sixth great grandfather, Joseph Turner Bryan, was a stagecoach driver. He drove every day to Sacramento from Sonora, a 240-mile trip.
Q: What advice would you give to others interested in their own family history?
Don’t forget to eat dinner! But really, when I started doing genealogy a ton, I forgot to eat. Also, make sure to share what you know with others. One of my favorite feelings is helping someone discover something new about their ancestors.
Q: Why is family history important to you?
Genealogy is important to me because I feel that I can bond with my ancestors. On a more personal note, I’ve had a lot of problems with my family and have been hurt by some of them in my life. Genealogy has been important in my healing process.
The Hipster Historian is the 30-something Becky Kobel. A Pacific Northwestern woman who is obsessed with all things history. Her interests are in genealogy, loving everything vintage, death positivity, and travel.