Hand-written letters was the way I began my genealogical adventure, nearly forty years ago.  New, online resources, including quickly growing numbers of digitized books and records have dramatically changed the process.  My love of this subject grew out of my work on the Bicentennial Committee for Central Michigan University, back in 1976.  I learned by experimentation, trial and error.   That process changed around 2010, as I became inspired to continue my work in genealogy as a profession.

I have been a member of the National Genealogical Society since 2012, attending each learning conference since that time.  I took the Genealogical Certification course from Boston University (USA) in 2011, the Pharos Tutors online course in British immigration into the USA in 2011,  the National Institute on Genealogical Research’s summer institute (National Archives in Washington, DC) in July 2014, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in July 2015.    My next goal is to earn certification through The Board for Certification of Genealogists, an arduous two-year process.


I believe that my postings on this site will be better understood if you had access to the ancestral charts of both my mother and my father:

Ancestral Chart for Irene Abel

Ancestral Chart for Kenneth Yonker

Your feedback is very helpful and your encouragement is much appreciated.

thank you,  Deb

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