I am a genealogy researcher, lecturer, and blogger. I am curious about all kinds of records and think that makes me a genealogy geek. I specialize in Canadian record research.
My training includes a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute of Genealogy Studies. These courses taught me how to research, analyze and record what I find. As a genealogy geek, I love to delve into and learn from the information and records available on websites.
I enjoy teaching people how to find new resources and different ways to do genealogy. I have lectured virtually and in person at conferences in Western Canada, the United States, the local genealogy society, and the Family History Centre in Calgary
My childhood that was filled with family. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandma’s were always in my life, providing old beds, couches, and sometimes food to help my parents. The little village, Lavallee, Ontario, where I lived until I was seven was “familyville” and I’m convinced that the security and warmth created by family is the reason I do genealogy. This was the beginning of my desire to connect with the past, find out about those relatives, and experience those warm, comfy feelings again. It was a natural evolution to learn their stories and want to tell them. My siblings wouldn’t listen to family stories, so I decided to blog about them. Now, they read and enjoy the stories. At least, that’s what they tell me.
I am active in the genealogy world in Calgary, Alberta. I facilitate a Genealogy Group at the Airdrie library, am a family history consultant for the Calgary Family History Centre and volunteer for the Alberta Family Histories Society.
I escape the city and go to the mountains to relax. I love hiking, camping, and snowshoeing (winter hiking) with my husband.