|On the Inauguration platform. January 2012.|
I’ve been interested in my family history, mostly through stories, since I was a small kid but it wasn’t until my late 20’s that I discovered genealogy as a passion. I began to research in earnest after one of my grandfather’s passed away in 2007. Since then, I have striven to learn not just my own family history but how to be a genealogist, working through different sources, using proper citations and research methods and breaking down my brick walls.
Professionally, I’ve completed Boston University’s Genealogical Research Program (OL20) and serve as the webmaster of the Fairfax Genealogy Society. I’m a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society, and the Fairfax Genealogical Society.
In addition to the family research found on this website, I am tracing the ancestry of Kelly Groucutt and Frank Hinkins. Kelly Groucutt (1945 – 2009) was the guitarist for Electric Light Orchestra. Groucutt is a family name and most of them are from the Staffordshire so I’m trying to see if there’s a relationship. Hinkins (1885 – 1934) of Falls Church, Virginia was a firefighter with the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department who was killed in the line of duty while responding to an alarm. I was a firefighter there and the current members knows very little about Hinkins.
I have two other blogs I encourage you to visit:
- The Wartime Letters of Private Charles Lowry, U. S. Army
- My other effort to transcribe my grandfather’s letters home from World War II.
- Ytown is My Town (formerly Youngstown Pride)
- My retired blog started in 2004 about the success and failures of saving Youngstown, Ohio. Some news, some photos and occasional commentary.
I try to post sources where I have them and inverse of that, I try to not post material that isn’t sourced. Sometimes I will post material that is conjecture in an attempt to make it available to others who can help me verify something.
Most of the photos I post here are from my parents or grandparents. Others are from family friends, genealogy contacts, and other random sources. Like my other documents, I will cite photos where I can.
About the ‘Topics’
I didn’t just come up with Tombstone Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, etc. There is a massive genealogy blogging universe out there who use these topics. Geneabloggers.com crowd sources about 3,000 genealogy blogs and each days posts the relevant topics on it’s homepage along with the blogs who are using them. The #1 source of traffic to this blog is family through Facebook. The #2 source of traffic is the random individuals who find it through Geneabloggers.