I love the idea of working with others to build one interconnected and, hopefully, well-researched tree for all of us. I am open to suggestions!
I began as a home economics teacher in grades 5-12, followed by working as Education Coordinator for Coats & Clark, providing workshops on new fabrics and sewing techniques. This was followed by several years as an educational video producer (long story!) and then opening a consulting business helping schools and colleges with instructional technology. All of this eventually led to being Director of Distance Education (online learning) for a Pennsylvania Community College until retirement. All evidence of rampant curiosity and desire to try new things.
I was never a big history buff - until the DAR asked my Dad to speak at the dedication of the burial site of a Revolutionary War patriot. Then we learned for the first time that we are descended from that soldier. Wow! That sparked curiosity because now I could see how historical events applied to my ancestors, their lives and decisions.
I began to explore the family history several years ago, but gave it up for a while after finding so many poorly researched online family trees. I know we have long lives in my family, but when I saw that one of my ancestors was born in 1784 and died in 2003, I lost all interest in what others had posted.
When a cousin asked a few years ago about that Revolutionary War ancestor, I decided to try again, using those wacky trees only as clues to research further. After connecting with two previously unknown distant cousins and collaborating to correct a long-standing error copied from one online tree to another, I caught the genealogy bug for real! I love finding the stories of their lives, not just documenting who begat whom and when.
Beverly is 25 degrees from Charles Bullock, 25 degrees from Rose Ann Cassin, 20 degrees from James Dean, 28 degrees from William Manley, 33 degrees from Sarah Monksfield, 25 degrees from John Ruskin, 30 degrees from Elspet Duncan, 22 degrees from Lana Turner, 22 degrees from Samuel Vick, 22 degrees from Karoline Auguste von Bayern, 22 degrees from George Wallace and 25 degrees from Rob Wilson on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.