Everything I ever needed to know in life, I learned from genealogy. It’s true! I started researching my family tree as a project in Mr. Tucker’s science class at Rushville High School when I was 13 years old. I spent my summers at the Schuyler Jail Museum under the guidance of Lavina Walton and Vern Lickey, and so many others. As I grew, I would visit counties in other states to find records. If I couldn’t visit, I would write requests for copies. Over the years, I have sharpened my skills as a researcher to become a genealogical detective–solving family mysteries, and uncovering the fantastic and tragic stories of my ancestors.
I live in Southern Illinois with my wife and son. I teach language arts and social studies in junior high school. My favorite assignment is the family history essay I guide all my students to write. Often, we find information that even their grandparents didn’t know.
This blog is a venture to share new information with interested cousins, suggest techniques to help other researchers break through brick walls, and “hang out my shingle” to do research for hire.