Thursday, May 13, 2010

Genealogy- brush the dirt off those roots!

I was asked by one of my co-workers to help her find her grandmother's side of the family. Since I do this as a hobby and have freelanced for others out of state, I agreed to be hired by her.

I have been a member of the CT Society of Genealogists, Inc since 1983, although I've done it sporadically. I have my family done on some branches all the way back to 1590's....

I LOVE the process of the search, whether it's on my family or someone else's....It's like putting together a puzzle, and hope to get certain sections connected, then bringing the whole thing together is a gift. I love just getting a section at a time done. Even if it's not MY family. Sometimes, I end up knowing their family better than they do. Such a mystery.

Thankfully, they are mostly in CT at the moment, but all the resources online, make it great for branching the tree out. After my vacation, I hope to use a half-day Friday at some point to go to the CT State Library (Archives) to do some serious looking.


Kat said...

I had no idea you could do freelance exactly does one get into that field??

Nancy Eaton said...

Hey, Kat, email me at and I'll be able to let you know more....I've been doing it since 1983, so I'm pretty seasoned, although I could always learn more...LOL.

Nancy Eaton said...

In faqct, call me if you want. 860-649-0507, tonight or on my cell at 860-966-9072 after tomorrow (I'm vacationing....:-)

quiltmom said...

HI Nancy,
Genealogy is a really fun hobby- I first began checking out my family roots when I was 16 years old and in high school. It was a special project that I did for 3 credits. I learned some history about the French Revolution and the French Huegonots too. My father's family moved to the States in the early 1700's- or at least we think that they did. I was able to find on relative from 1783 and have my dad's line mostly completed to the current generation. It really is like a big puzzle- sometimes it takes you down a completely different path than you originally had contemplated.
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