About & Disclosures

I have ancestors who saved everything. So I originally created The Turning of Generations blog to share what I've learned while sorting through and organizing the contents of the family home. I particularly enjoy piecing stories together starting with what was discovered at home (the exciting part), coming up with questions about the heirloom or document (usually the fun and easy part), and then researching other records to find the answers (the challenging but very rewarding part).

I have been seriously researching since the early 1990's and consider myself a genealogy education addict. I have attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy annually since 2012. The summer of 2014 I enrolled in the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in 2014 where I was a student in the first ever week long course on using DNA in genealogy.

In May 2013 I graduated from the ProGen program. I highly recommend it for anyone wishing to improve the quality of whatever work they do, whether it be for themselves or to earn a living. Currently, I am the Administrator for the  Gen Proof Study Group program. A  group studying the book Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS. When it comes to genealogy, education never ends.

Other family history activities I enjoy include examining old family photos and accepting the challenge of finding out who the person in the unlabelled picture is. I also love researching my ancestors' old homes and when the opportunity arises, actually going to the location to see where they lived and get a feel for what their lives might have been like.

Being a little bit on the "geeky" side, computers, digital photography, scanners, and other technologies useful in the pursuit of my family's history are constantly being integrated in my research. I love sharing my experiences and learning about the latest gadgets, programs and techniques from others who share my passion for family history.

Most of all I love the stories that result from putting all of the pieces together and being able to share them so they are not lost forever.


The Turning of Generations is my personal blog. Any product or service that I write about or mention is one that I have paid for with my hard earned money unless I say otherwise (see below). All opinions expressed are my own.
If I ever receive compensation or am given "freebies," it will be disclosed right here or in the related blog post.

I am an Ambassador and Speaker for RootsTech 2016. That comes with free registration and other minor perks.
I'm also a writer for The In-Depth Genealogist and one of their affiliates. So I receive a small commission on purchases of their products (including my book) that are initiated through this website.

Now that is out of the way, let's get on with what we came here for!