About Me

I have been interested in family history since I was a child. When I was eleven, I conducted my first interview with my grandfather; the notes I took then are my only link to his "brick-wall" family. As a high school student I started making research trips to county courthouses and have been at it ever since. I joined the National Genealogical Society in 1992 and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in 1994. I started volunteering at the NYG&B a few years ago and recently joined their Board of Trustees. I blog about family stories and research tools for genealogy at


EDITOR'S PICK A crafty fellow

A crafty fellow

First steps in understanding my great-grandfather's quest to become a policeman in Washington DC

August 1871 – 1942
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EDITOR'S PICK An unexpected surprise!

An unexpected surprise!

Abel and Jessie Lee Lynch were just about to retire to the good life down in Florida, when.....

ca 1892 – April 1939
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