I was born Evadeen Renata Keys. All growing up I heard fascinating stories about my maternal grandmother's side of my family, the Gibbons family. My mothers name was Evadeen (Shoultz) Keys. Her mother's name was Lillian Alice (Gibbons) Shoultz.
I found out through my family that my mother was going to name me, Amanda and decided to name me after her. I fell in love with the name, Amanda and eventually asked everyone to call me that instead. Eventually, I decided to have a legal name change, to change it to Amanda and change my last name to Gibbons, to honor the Gibbons family.
So, my name to this day is, Amanda Renata Gibbons.
For now, I will be focusing on my Gibbons family tree. I found a cousin's Ancestry(dot)com documents. It indicates that she is a 19th cousin to President George Washington. It also indicates that my grandmother, Lillian Alice (Gibbons) Shoultz is the 17th cousin to President Washington's brother, Lawrence Washington.
So, I have been researching this in hopes to one day be able to stand back and look at this family tree grew. What started out as a hobby about a year ago, over time, has turned into an obsession I want no cure for. :)