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.
- 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