I've studied my family history since I was a teenager and my grandmother entertained me with stories of captains, 49ers, wagon trains, pioneer women and flu epidemics. I have spent many a Saturday in the offices of the National Archives and Records Administration when that was the only way to access records.
I have been a Reunion software user since the first release (unless I am mistaken!) and I am still in the lengthy process of scanning personally held information from paper files.
From 1998-2005 I was the clinical director of a nationwide program, Improving Chronic Illness Care and visited many archives and libraries whenever work coincided with family history. I have been fortunate to do research at the NARA in Washington DC and at the Library of Congress, as well as other depositories including historical societies, universities and public libraries. In 1999 I completed the Certificate in Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington. As part of the 3 semester-long program, I completed a comprehensive project on my great-great grandfather, Rev. Thomas Oliver Ellis, MD using family letters of the Civil War years in California.
From 2005-2012, I hiked from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail with my youngest son (read our Trail Journal here) and immigrated to Canada. In 2012, I founded a non-profit with a group of other like-minded colleagues, CCMI. Family history took a back seat during these years. The advent of genetic genealogy and the addition of grandchildren brought me full circle back to the avid genealogist I was nearly 20 years ago. Because of my background in health care, genetic genealogy has been a natural extension of my interest in family history and making connections to my past.
I have an extensive working database of over 7000 individuals and I am slowly putting my best documented work here on WikiTree. I am happy to be part of WikiTree.
In the summer of 2018 I started to prepare for certification through BCG.
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