Genealogy New Years Goals

Every year I put an intention out to the universe. Some years its words like steady, other years it is growth, this last year (2017), it was change, and boy did that kick me in the behind. This year, along with my intention word -- growth -- I'm aiming for a few a genealogy-related goals. Each... Continue Reading →

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Divorce – It’s Not Just A Vital Records Entry

It's the big "D" word that most of us don't acknowledge or talk about it. Sure, we see divorces in our research and we see court records of what happened between two people, but it's still treated as a hushed subject. It's never pretty, it isn't easy and it certainly isn't something we ever think... Continue Reading →

And The Winner Is….My DNA Results!

As much talk as I give to clients and those interested in genealogical and family history research about ancestral DNA tests,  up until a few months ago, I had never taken one myself. I figured since my mother, father, and three siblings (two brothers and a sister) had taken it, I knew my ancestry quite... Continue Reading →

What Happens When….

Earlier this year I launched the start of my business, Life Stories Transcription Services. It has been a labor of love putting this endeavor together and I have stayed up some late hours deciding if I really wanted to do this. When push comes to shove, it is what I want to do because genealogy... Continue Reading →

The Name Game: Rebecca

Every time I start a new family tree for a client, I marvel at the variety of names and dates before me. Each one of those individuals was an actual person and lived a life. Some of the names are familiar, and others are a bit more unique (like Seattleton). In this post series, I'd... Continue Reading →

#DeathSalonSeattle Recap

This past weekend I had the lucky fortune of attending Death Salon: Seattle put on by the Order of the Good Death. If that name sounds familiar, I've mentioned it before. This event was put on for all of those individuals and organizations that are involved in the #deathpositive movement -- including (but not limited)... Continue Reading →

What is Death Positivity?

In our particular field of talking about the dead (genealogy), we have very few conversations about the act of death itself. We tend to wax on about the causes of death, and how long someone lived, but straight talk about death doesn't come easily to many of us. And why would it? In our Western... Continue Reading →

Rescue a Missing Photo!

I've always wondered what happened to old and unclaimed photos -- this past weekend I found out. As I was perusing through an adorable little vintage shop in Olympia, Wash., I saw some old photos for sale. Being the genealogist that I am, I couldn't just walk away and I picked the one I felt had... Continue Reading →

Pennies on Graves: Never Forgotten

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and I wanted to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country. I couldn't think of a proper way to do so until I ran across an old posting about pennies on gravestones. It may seem like an odd idea, but leaving pennies on the... Continue Reading →

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