Over on Facebook, Terry Thorton challenged all of us Genea-Bloggers to write up a post about ourselves so that others can get to know us. So…here is mine.
I am a 19 year old genealogist…yes, you read correctly…only 19. Whenever someone discovers my age and my number one hobby, they always get shocked. I gotta admit though – I wouldn’t change it for the world.
I started genealogy when I was about 13 years old. I have always thought of history as an interesting subject (which my mom gets credited for – all those weekends watching the History Channel really pays off!). When I was about 12 or so, my Aunt Deb began to play around with Ancestry.com. As she started showing me all that she was learning, I began to slowly catch the genealogy bug.
However, it wasn’t until I went to visit my Grandpa when I was about 13 that I became completely and utterly addicted. He lives in Tennessee in a rural town in the Appalacian Mountains. The controversy, the secrets, the rural lifestyle – I was hooked! It was better than any soap opera that you could watch on daytime TV!
Since then, I’ve been addicted. My addiction has certainly made me an odd teenager: I asked for a filing cabinet for my 16th birthday, I asked for an all-in-one printer-copier-scanner for Christmas 2 years ago, and I begged and pleaded for an Ancestry.com subscription from anyone who would listen. As I did this, my parents looked at me like I was a foreign being.
My mom has a saying that I think describes me rather well: “Elyse – you are either 6 or 60…and never in between!”
My goal in writing this blog has always been to share my love of genealogy. I wanted to document my frustrations in genealogy while also giving you guys the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
I want to now share with you some of my articles that I am very proud of:
1.) My brightest article: How To Fix Your Newbie Mistakes (http://elysesgenes.blogspot.com/2008/09/how-to-fix-your-newbie-mistakes.html) This article describes the hard lessons I have learned over the years when it come to genealogy
2.) My breeziest article: My New Heart Award (http://elysesgenes.blogspot.com/2008/09/my-new-heart-award.html) This article just shows my huge appreciation for everyone who reads my blog – you guys always brighten up my day!
3.) My most beautiful: What Would You Save? (http://elysesgenes.blogspot.com/2008/09/what-would-you-save-meme-family.html) While this article has some seriousness to it, it includes pictures of some of my most valuable possessions. I love these heirlooms and I feel so honored that I have them.
If any of you want to get to know me or have any questions or just feel like talking – you can email me at GenealogistElyse@gmail.com You can also become my friend on Facebook if you’d like (just look me up). And of course, I love reading the comments you guys leave on my articles – they really brighten up my day.