In 1999 my maternal grandpa, William Richmond was in the hospital for some unexpected problems. While sitting in the family room that evening, I spent the next few hours asking my grandmother questions about his family, her family and their hometown of Besoco, WV. As she told me stories of the family I never knew, I continued to write everything I could on the napkins that the hospital had in this room. That evening when I got home from the hospital, I googled my grandfathers surname and to my surprise found his cousin’s obituary. Now I was 100% certain this man was a relative, he had the same features as my Grandpa. Same ears and forehead, I just knew I had a match. Within the next few days, I was at Grandma’s house with a copy of this picture. She could not believe what I had found. This was a cousin of Grandpa’s. I was so excited and hooked at the same time. From that moment on, I knew this is something I would be working on the rest of my life. This past year, I have made the biggest finds in my research so far. They are not by any means large finds. But to me, it is everything. This year I have joined the Chicago Genealogical Society. Past memberships have been to National Genealogical Society, the New England Historic and Genealogical Society and the Illinois State Genealogical Society.
I have also blogged at Cemetery Explorers, please make sure you stop and read here as well.
While I was unemployed in 2009, I decided it was time to go back to school. I have a passion for a few things and did not know what I should pick to study. History, photography or genealogy? The choices are many, and I am still not 100% as to what I should do. For now, I have decided to take a few genealogy classes on-line and work towards my certification. I have finished 9 of the 10 classes in the first bunch that I have purchased, and I am loving them. I am excited that I found this certification course through the University of Toronto. My goal at this point is to complete the American Records Certification. If this interests you, please visit, the National Institute for Genealogical Studies at www.genealogicalstudies.com.
I have also signed up to take part in ProGen with a few other blogging friends. We have not been given a start date yet, but you can be sure I will be blogging about it when we start.
Finally, I have decided to go back to school and start working towards a degree. This was a hard decision for me, I have a few classes behind me and I know that this is going to be a lot of work. The good news is that since I work for myself (as a travel agent), from home I can take the time I need to go to class and study. Not positive if I will start in the spring of 2012 or fall. What am I going to study, you ask? History of course!