About the Author

Kicking back at the Library of Congress
I’m a "California Girl" presently living in the scenic Santa Barbara area. I became interested in genealogy about 23 years ago when a favorite aunt showed me a pedigree chart of ancestors whose names I had never heard. Not long after, I began researching at the National Archives Pacific Region (when it used to be located in Laguna Niguel), and quickly became hooked on the excitement of finding one’s ancestors in the U.S. Census.

After joining the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) about 15 years ago, I soon began helping others with their applications. I was one of the many volunteers who entered data for the DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS), which became available online to the public earlier this year. I have served the DAR in numerous other capacities, presently as the National Webmaster, and the State Vice Chairman of Social Media. I became affiliated with the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) after my daughter was born in 2006, and I currently serve as the Senior State President of the California Society.

My genealogical affiliations include membership in the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, the National Institute on Genealogical Research Alumni Association, the California Genealogical Society, the Southern California Genealogical Society, the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society, and the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society. I am also the administrator of the SWANAY/SWANEY DNA surname project, which sadly is still quite small due to the rarity of the name.

I am a graduate of ProGen 2, and had such a terrific experience that I am now the coordinator for ProGen 9. I enjoy talking about, writing, and lecturing about genealogy, particularly the use of technology and social media. Not living near any major genealogical repository has forced me to be resourceful in my research approach, which eventually led me to social media. I am the author of two genealogy blogs: "Little Bytes of Life," and "The Graveyard Rabbit of the California Central Coast."

My husband is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). I got him hooked on genealogy shortly after we were married, and I sometimes think he is more addicted than I am. We have one daughter who is a member of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.), and who will hopefully inherit our shared love of genealogy. I’m fairly certain that she thinks cemeteries are just big parks with lots of stepping stones.

Thank you for stopping by - I welcome your comments!

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