Family History Background
My love for family history began at a very young age. Our bookshelf full of photo albums always captured my attention — I still love those photos, even though I’ve seen them a million times by now. I clearly remember poring over the pages of a cousin’s 1984 publication, “Lots of Laughter, Lots of Love”, a brainchild of my paternal grandfather and some of his cousins while at a family reunion in Clyde, Texas. I soaked up every chart & anecdote it provided, especially a transcribed 1863 letter from my 4th great-grandmother to her husband, a confederate Civil War surgeon stationed in Mobile, Alabama.
I have several family historians in my own tree. My maternal Great Aunt Alma wrote a lovely memoir about her mother, Effie Thomas Petty. Papa, my paternal grandfather, wrote extensively about growing up in Clyde, Texas, in the 1910s and 1920s. Papa’s maternal great-grandfather, George B. Ely, migrated from Arkansas to Texas in 1846, spent time as a Texas Ranger, and wrote about his experiences on the Texas frontier, as did his younger sister, Barbara Ely.
My interest has evolved from a pastime on a Saturday afternoon to a disciplined area of research. Earning a Bachelor of Science in History with an emphasis in 19th century America laid a solid foundation in both understanding the historical context of an individual’s life as well as appreciating the value of quality research.
Expertise & Training
- BS (History), The University of Texas at Tyler, magna cum laude.
- 2014 Forensic Genealogy Institute, Foundations.
- Member, Texas State Genealogical Society.
- Member, National Genealogical Society.
- Member, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Cross Timbers Chapter.