About Me

Hello everyone!

I started this blog in October of 2013 as a place for me to discuss not only my family history, but also my journey from hobby genealogist to professional genealogist. I’m happy to say, that as of September 2014, I now have my own genealogy business called Copper Leaf Genealogy! I still plan on keeping up with my blog and probably moving it someday but for now, you can read here about my family history and continuing education as a professional genealogist – as well as my road to be certified! – and check out my official website for information about my business.

If you’re new here, here’s a bit about my love of genealogy:

I am a mid-western girl at heart. I grew up in Michigan and would LOVE to return one day. I love the water, the seasons, and the people of Michigan – specifically my family. And that’s where this whole thing started. My family.

My grandmother used to love to tell us about our family’s past – who they were, where they came from, their traditions – and I loved hearing about them. Sadly, my grandmother passed away when I was in high school. I regret never asking and recording more about what she told me. But she did, in a way, lead me to this path. While in college (around 2004), I decided to explore some cemeteries that I heard had family plots. While exploring, I saw my grandmother’s name on a headstone – except it wasn’t hers. And it was only part of the woman’s name. This led me on a hunt to discover this woman and how she had my grandmother’s name. And that is truly where the hunt for my people in history began.

I decided to leave my full-time teaching job to pursue this full time. It’s where my passion lies and it’s where I can get sucked in for hours. I didn’t realize you could do this as a full time career and even though people are still very skeptical of my choices, I am pursuing this to see if I can fully realize my favorite hobby into a career.

Other tidbits:

  • I am a huge reader and had thought about writing a book but that really isn’t where my talent lies.
  • Although I was a teacher, I do not like public speaking. Speaking in front of adults terrifies me – so I joined Toastmasters to get over my fear
  • I love to travel! A perk about my career change would be more freedom to travel
  • I have two large loves of my life: my husband and my dog Enzo
  • I hate cooking dinner
  • I love baking



20 thoughts on “About Me

  1. You are very lucky to be able to pursue a career that is your passion. A pleasure to meet you. I’m certain to enjoy many a visit here.

    • NikiMarie

      Thank you! Yes, I am quite lucky to be able to pursue this. My husband has been the encourager and enabler for this pursuit!

  2. Welcome to Geneabloggers! I am also going from hobby to professional and I am participating in the Book of Me.

    • NikiMarie

      Thank you! I’m excited to be going on this path. I look forward to reading about yours as well!

  3. So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers Niki…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Have a great old day…


    • NikiMarie

      It was your visit to my blog that prompted my visit to yours so thank you for the visit! I love blogs about people who tend to go off the beaten path and you fit that very well. I look forward to reading what you have to say 🙂

      • Aww thanks Niki (or is it NikiMarie?) – hope you enjoy the blog; it’s a varied old collection, just like me I guess, lol. Have a great weekend… 🙂

  4. Hi NikiMarie
    I’m a happy camper now you are joining me as I trip around by RV, plane, car and time machine to the past.
    Comments, compliments, critiques and wisecracks are most welcome.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Which Way Now 101 aka Carol

    • NikiMarie

      You’re living a life I dream about doing one day! I quite enjoy poking around your blog and I look forward to more! 🙂

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  6. Wow – good for you!! Actually, only saw on FB the other day this quote: “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” ~Bishop T.D. Jakes
    And it sounds like you have done just that!
    We are fascinated with genealogy but not only of our own, but about what other people manage to find out and how they find it!
    It’s like being a detective trying to piece things together!
    Good luck and look forward to reading about what you find 🙂

    • NikiMarie

      Thank you! I’m excited about my future in this just for the reason you said – I feel like a detective! So far my lessons have been very useful and I’m eager to learn more and hope to start the certification process by the end of this year. 🙂

  7. Clayton Betzing

    are you sure Minnie isn’t a BETZING and not a Bitzing ? Clayton Betzing

    • NikiMarie

      Well I’m sure there are mutiple ways to spell the name. So sure, it could be. I wrote what I found on her records. 🙂

  8. Hi,

    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award.
    I have been following your blog for sometime and always enjoy reading your posts.

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