Hi, my name is…

Barbie and I am ecstatic to finally have a dedicated blog to genealogy research. Anyone who remotely knows me, knows that I am a seeker who finds. We are truly fortunate to live in such a time as this, in terms of having access to a number of records, databases, and DNA testing to learn what previous generations could have only wondered about.

As far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted to know who my people were. Who are they? Perhaps my inquisitive nature was only heightened by being an Army Brat. Living away from grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, during my formative years really created a yearning to know about family connections and history.

One thing that I distinctly remember is a family Bible that I saw as a child at my grandparents’ home in Norfolk, Virginia. The Bible was huge, the pages were trimmed in a goldlike substance that rubbed off on my hands. I probably had no business handling it, but it called to me. Inside, there were names and birthdates. I remember seeing dates from the 1800s and being amazed.

That particular Bible is in obscurity now-whereabouts unknown. Yet, the spark that was created by my seeing those shards of family history, my family’s history, remained and has been ever-kindled by life’s journey.

Perhaps you’ve experienced something that truly made you want to take note, to pay attention and learn more about your family’s history.

This is our shared situation.

Welcome to The Genealogy Situation Room.

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