I began my family history journey ten years ago. Spurred on by the passing of my in-laws, I grabbled with all those questions we didn't ask. It is then that I picked up the torch as the family genealogist. I had no idea where it would take me and it continues to be a journey of self discovery.
Over those 10 years, I have learned equally about myself as I have about my ancestors. I discovered a love for writing family history and turning those dry facts into fascinating stories. Today I am a freelance writer and family historian with a particular interest in writing life stories. I live in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada with my husband and two daughters.
I have a background in management, human resources and training. I have authored my own family history book, The Waters of My Ancestors and I have written articles for several genealogy magazines, including Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle and Discovering Family History. I am also a board director with Norfolk Historical Society.
A new wave of family historians emerged as genealogy transformed into an online hobby. The Armchair Genealogist is a direct result of those family historians who do the majority of their research from their lazyboy and laptop in effort to meet their educational and research needs. The Armchair Genealogist is proud to have been nominated in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as one of Family Tree Magazines Top 40 Blogs.
Our primary focus at The Armchair Genealogist is sharing information on how to research your family tree via the internet. Through my own personal experiences, trials and tribulations as well as valuable input from my readers we will share the tools to help you reveal the life stories of your ancestors. Occasionally, I will encourage you to get out of your armchair for a genealogical excursion.
Staying true to my passion I will also provide you with the tools to not only discover your ancestors but to write their stories. After all what is the point of genealogy if not to write the stories of our ancestors as a legacy to the generations to come. We will explore all the options available in bringing your stories to fruition, as there is nothing more moving and powerful then sharing your family story. If you're ready to begin writing, you can visit our newest sister website, The Family History Writing Studio.
Welcome, I hope you enjoy the journey! Let's begin.