BORN ON A STORMY NIGHT BY COAL OIL LIGHT, THIRTEEN MINUTES AFTER MIDNIGHT..... Begins my personal story. I grew up surrounded by family born in the late 19th and early 20th century, I "knew" my paternal grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great grandparents as if they lived next door, but my maternal family was an unknown.
In the early 1980s I began my genealogical journey in earnest, long before home computers and internet. I’ve spent countless, happy hours walking through cow pastures in search of that illusive gravestone or homestead site, in the basements of courthouses going through marriage, deed and probate records. I've learned the stories of young men who died in battle and prision camps. I know the women who died in childbirth, fought Indians and raiders, and buried children and husbands. Those faceless ancestors are not just names on tombstones anymore.
Ten years ago, my children grown, I began expanding my knowledge and expertise by attending classes, lectures, symposiums and reading many of the volumes written about family research. I hope to fulfill a lifelong dream of become a Board Certified Genealogist.
I’ve had a family tree on Ancestry.com since 1997 and have memberships in many other genealogy sites. I am a member of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, National Genealogy Society and Association of Professional Genealogists.