Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Accidental Geneaologist

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. - Shirley Abbott
My first family tree was probably a cute colorful one made on construction paper back in elementary school. At the time I didn't think anything of it. Further down the road, I started constructing my "real" family tree. This was done almost entirely out of boredom and the elusive 1980 Capoccia family tree poster that may or may not have still existed up until that point. Everyday, My house was like a treasure hunt! 

The first year of researching my tree was amazing. I found birth certificates, death certificates, obituaries, and such. I added a lot of information. I even found a hessian on my grandmother's side of the family. How exciting!

It has been almost 7 years since I started and there is no turning back now. At the current moment, I am attending school to receive my masters in library science with a focus on archiving. I am also going to document my preparations on becoming a certified genealogist.