My pronouns are she/her
You can find me all over, working with the Greeters, Sourcerers and Sprinters, Profile Improvement Voyagers, and during the Big Annual Events with Team Cornbread Catchers and the WikiTree Spotify Curators
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I started gathering names, dates, and places around 1982 as a way to deal with the grief of a child's death. "Serious" genealogy research began in the early 1990s when the internet and computers introduced me to research partners who taught better habits and shared resources. A ten year break from 2005-2015 was full of other fun things but I found that I missed the joys and challenges of research.
I came back to genealogy only to discover that two of my mentors / research collaborators had died. One's research is in the possession of an interested but non-active descendant and not accessible; the whereabouts of the other's research is unknown. I needed a place to share, collaborate, learn, and assure that my research would never suffer such a fate. I went looking and found WikiTree.
When I joined and uploaded my (*sigh* too large) GEDCOM, it became obvious that a "Genealogy Do-Over" was in order. All records are being reviewed; profiles and source citations are being updated. Things have changed but ... the more they change, the more they stay the same; there are always more questions than answers.
Debi was born in Jacksonville, FL, just as her father, Charles McGee, returned to military service with the United States Air Force (USAF). As soon as her mother, Rachel Helms McGee, was released by the physician, the family moved to McDill Air Force Base in Tampa FL where her father was stationed. The USAF played a large role in Debi's growing years, sending her family to live all over the world including places like Denver Colorado, Japan, southern California, Germany, England, Okinawa, and finally back to Florida in 1973.
Finishing High School in 1976, Debi went to work for a local governmental agency where she had positions in the Finance and IT departments. She retired in 2007, having completed 30 years service. She has been married twice, first to Ray Cundiff, and currently to Daniel Hoag. These days she is busy with a small bookkeeping business, a local genealogical society, and WikiTree. She's still working on that *sigh* too large GEDCOM and has recently started working with another one because, obviously, she has lost her mind.
She's also planning for a future that will include extended research trips with a mobile work-space and a small camper.
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I've been doing genealogy research for more than years (and since 1992 on the internet with the emails to prove it LOL). During that time, I've gotten divorced and remarried, created websites, and changed email addresses too many times. When I'm looking for someone, I'll often search the web for names and email addresses. To facilitate people finding me, I'm listing the names, websites, and addresses I've used.
In the event of my death or incapacity for more than 90 days, the following shall serve as my unspoken permission:
!test the tracker
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Debi is 19 degrees from Anne Boleyn, 27 degrees from Christopher Crawley, 38 degrees from Peter Linders, 25 degrees from Brita Gustafsdotter, 16 degrees from Alice Lisle, 24 degrees from William Lemp, 20 degrees from Dorothy Townshend, 29 degrees from Julia Staab, 20 degrees from Kate Morgan, 22 degrees from Evelyn McHale, 27 degrees from Maud of England and 18 degrees from Connie Graves on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.