I discovered genealogy when I was twenty-two years old, working in the children's department of a public library. A little girl asked me to help her "find her family tree." I don't know if we ever did find her family tree to her satisfaction. But after she left, I tried to find mine, and I've been finding it ever since.
I grew up in Greene County, Missouri, which is where my mother's family has lived since the 1800s. I live in Wichita, Kansas now with my husband and two kids.
I was a librarian for several years, and now I homeschool my kids. I take a lot of pictures of my life, and also sometimes pictures of genealogy research, at https://www.instagram.com/bookworms.and.earthworms/
I'm an amateur birder, and a slightly less amateur knitter. I love to travel, even though I don't really have the funds for long distance travel. So my travel goal is do something fun in every county in my home state of Kansas. So far, I've got 42 down and...a bunch more to go.
Elizabeth (Serrill) Houlston - I made it my goal early on to research my direct maternal line, my mother's mother's mother's mother. Thanks to the work of some other Wonderful Wikitreers, it's my deepest line with good sources. My 10th-great-grandmother was Elizabeth (Serrill) Houlston was a Quaker born in Shrewsbury, England in 1638.
Nancy Baker - My ongoing mystery is - what happened to my 3rd great grandmother, Nancy Baker? I know where she lived and the names of her various husbands until 1900. And then she apparently disappeared from Benton County, Arkansas.
Hannah (Stoneman) Davis - I'm currently trying to learn more about my 5th great grandmother, Hannah (Stoneman) Davis. Family tradition says that she was the daughter of James and Sarah (Freeman) Stoneman of Grayson County, Virginia. DNA evidence and the limited paper evidence agrees. But I'd like to learn more. I'm looking for more evidence of her marriage to Daniel Davis, and I'm researching the lives of her siblings.
David Mounts - I'm always looking for more about my 3rd great grandmother, David Mounts. He's the closet thing I have to a brick wall. His mother was almost certainly Mary Walker from Lawrence County, Indiana. His father was Alexander (or maybe John or maybe William) Mounce from France (or maybe Wales or maybe somwhere in the United States). The family settled in Monroe County, Missouri sometime after Alexander died.
Thomas Palmer (1856-1928) - I'm currently researching the siblings of my great-great-grandfather, Thomas Palmer. Thomas was born in Webster County, Missouri in 1858 and died in Laclede County, Missouri in 1928.
I'm working very slowly to write complete biographies of my ancestors, with photos and historical context. Here are the ones I've written so far.
Chloe Louise Buzzard (1883 - 1972) (Chloe was my great-great-grandmother's sister. She was an Army nurse in World War I, and I wanted to learn more about her life.)
I'm trying to teach myself to write detailed, complete sources.
I'm fortunate that someone told me early on to cite a source for every piece of information I record, and I've been diligent about that. But the actual style of my sources has been...haphazard. I've been working to make my style more readable and complete.
I'm happy with my sources on my direct maternal line now, and the rest still have a long way to go.
Both my parents and my maternal grandmother have taken DNA tests at my request.
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