I began my personal research journey back in 1998. I started as many do, with a few simple data points on my husband’s family in an Ancestry.com tree. I was hooked. Over the years, as online resources proliferated, my research continued to expand. I began helping others on Ancestry.com connected to my family tree. A 2004 move from California to New York put me a little closer to our growing geographical history. Being on the East Coast allowed me the opportunity to travel to research centers associated with our family. I become more confident and experienced in my repository work, expanding our lineage.
As our tree continued to grow I found myself limited in my ability to share what I had learned with those not on Ancestry.com. In 2010 I began hosting my first version of I Hope To Speed. I met many amazing cousins through the original site but it had it’s limitations. My husband’s lines were dominating the site. I also wanted a better feedback system and the ability to really talk to others about my research. As the modifications to the database software improved to allow seamless integration with a WordPress platform I knew it was time to start blogging. Splitting my family off to its own website led to a sister site at Lore, Legends and Lies.
And now, as 2012 winds down, much is happening. I Hope To Speed and Lore, Legends and Lies are ready for re-launch. I am in the process of bringing the research databases on these sites up to the Genealogical Proof Standard. I launched my company – The Who Hunter, LLC – where I blog about resources for those who have research in the Hudson Valley and began taking clients. Finally, I’m ‘on the clock’ as a preliminary applicant with the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.
Thanks for being here and checking out my work. I look forward to hearing from you.