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Hi, I'm Sue McCormick.

I have been interested in family history since I listened to the grown-ups talking about their parents when I was a child. My husband and I took a beginner's course about 11 years ago, but were too frustrated with the available software and the available off-site sources to get very far at this time. But not that he has retired, we have begun to be more active in our searching.

We don't know very much about techniques as yet, but we're going to sites like GenealogyWise and Ben Sayer's MacGenealogist in order to learn more. We have also joined the local genealogical society.

Our brick walls start early (grandparents and great grandparents), but we are working on ways to get past these blockages.

One problem is that my grandfather's parents died when he was four, so all family history came to him through his foster parents, who were family friends. Also his parents' names are quite common: William T. Dorrance of Hartford Connecticut and Mary Murphy of County Cork, Ireland. Since I have no dates — neither birth, death, nor marriage, it is very hard to know which of the many people of those names will turn out to be my relatives.

On my husband's side we have names, but conflicting stories. At least that situation gives us more places for starting our research.

Sue
Hello everyone,
My name is Lorie-Ann Noyes. I live in New Hampshire. I started my genealogy research many years ago with my sister. I love doing genealogy research. I love it when I make connections between names and dates. The names I'm interested in are: Noyes, Chesney, Dexter, Whitcher, & Willey; and any names connected with those. The Noyes name has been the easiest to follow. They others have taken a lot of research.
Noyes, Dexter & Whitcher are from my grandfather on my father's side. Willey is my mother's maiden name. Chesney is my father's mothers maiden name.
Happy Searching!
Hello everyone! My name is Andrea Villa (nee Norton). I'm a 37-year-old SAHM and college student. I live in Florida, but am originally from New Hampshire. I've been interested in my genealogy since I was a teenager. I've researched on and off since then. My mother and paternal uncle have also been researching and we compare what we've learned to keep it complete. In addition, I've been attempting to work on my husband's genealogy, which seems to be a little more difficult as he's first generation--just becoming a U.S. citizen recently--and his family members are not as forthcoming with information. Right now my genealogical research is being done in bits and pieces where I seem to be skipping around trying to fill in where I can. A list of some of the names I am researching are located on my profile.
Hey Andy...
I, too work (indirectly) for the world's third or fourth or fifth richest man (depending on the poll). My Leonard line goes back to the Mayflower and is fairly well documented at http://rickleonard.net. None of the other names sound familiar, so it's hard to tell if we're connected at this point (other than working for the Evil Empire).

Cheers!
Rick
Hello,

Is your MEAD from CT or NY? Mine come from the Fairfield Co., CT group of Meads.

I also have a considerable Southern line and so wondered if they might be the Southern Meads.

MMeadPond
Hi there! I am Debra S. Fleming and I am with The Ancestry Detective, LLC. I live in Land O' Lakes, FL (no, not the butter) and I have been researching seriously since my son was born in 2000. In 2006, I decided I wanted to become a professional genealogist so I am working on a portfolio to submit to BCG. I attended IGHR this year at Samford and found it to be the most cost effective genealogy education experience I have attended so far. I am vexed I can not attend NIGR this year, but work and family obligations keep me home bound. In "real life" I am a grant writer, self employed in the affordable housing industry. I am researching both in New England and in South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Check out my pages on Facebook and Twitter. Or Friend me on Here
Claude P Perry II said:
Hello all,

I just joined this site via a recommendation that I recieved from Facebook. I'm still rather new genealogy having only started back in May of 2007 when I wanted to find proof of my Dad and his mother telling me that we were related to the author James Fennimore Cooper, President Ulysses S. Grant, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, President Zachary Taylor, and Commmodores Oliver Hazard Perry and Matthew Calbraith Perry. So far I've not found a familial connection to any of the names mentioned on my Dad's side. However I have found that Gen. Robert E. Lee may be a twenty-fifth cousin seven times removed in law through his wife, Mary Randolph Custis on my mother's side.

Being adopted I have no actual blood ties to any member of my immediate family. However, I decided that while I try to find and prove a familial connection to any of the names above mentioned for my adoptive parents that my findings would go to my nephews once I feel I have gone as far as I can in my research. I'm hoping that one day, I'll be able publish a book or two of my findings for future genealogists.

I guess I need to mention that I was born in the Philippines. My sister and I were adopted by Americans when I was a year and ahalf old while my parents were stationed at Sangley Point. I should also note that my sister is not my biological sister either, so far as I know. Both our respective birth certificates give the names of our biological parents and as far as I can tell there is no blood relation. Though I've not found any information in regards to my biological ancestry, I've been able to find a lot of information on my adoptive side of things. Mostly on the Clanton side which happens to be my mother's side of the family since she is a direct descendant of John Clanton who was born in England around 1609 and came to the Virginia Colony aboard the ship Abraham in 1635.

Please feel free to look at my profile to see the names I'm researching. All of which are directly related to my parents.

Thanks for having me here and I look forward to discovering more as this site grows.

Claude P. Perry II
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Hi Claude,

I am new to this site and already love it! My husband's paternal grandmother was Laura Marguarite Hazard born in 1893 in Knoxville, TN. We recently learned from her niece that their Hazard family is supposed to be connected to Oliver Hazard Perry but that's all the info we have. It certainly would be interesting to learn if their is a real connection. Do you have any info on the Hazard family line?

Regards,
Linda
I'm Brian Zalewski and I started genealogy research about mid-1999. My grandfather had passed away in April of that year. About the same time I had run across an article in our local paper about a new website that was opening called FamilySearch.org by the Latter-Day Saints (and how hard it was hit on the first day.) This sparked something in me. It made me realize that if I want to get the most out of my genealogy, I’d probably get a lot more information from the people that knew some of these older ancestors, my grandparents. Unfortunately, one of my major brick walls in my research is my Zalewski line, whom my Grandpa Zalewski would’ve probably been pretty helpful with. I’m hoping that the Internet and sites like this can help me a little bit with that.

Since then I’ve done a lot of research not only for myself, but for friends and other relatives. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from my time doing this, especially with the advent of the Internet. It’s been a big help.

I'm also trying to get all of the ZALEWSKI research into one location with my Zalewski Family Genealogy website (http://www.zalewskifamily.net)

Some of the main surnames I am researching:

ZALEWSKI - (Poznan, Poland > Milwaukee, WI)
CORRIGAN (Co Tyrone, IRL > Brock, Ontario, CAN > Ashland, WI)
DEBROUX (Pietrebais, Walloon Brabant, Belgium > Langlade Co., WI)
THIELKE (Mecklenberg, Germany > Grafton, Ozaukee Co., WI)
LAST (Doeringshagen, Pommerania [which looks to be SW of the current Płoty, Poland] > Grafton, Ozaukee Co., WI)
I grew up in Utah. I was introduced to genealogy when I was about 9 years old, almost 30 years ago! I don't remember who I was with or why we were in downtown Salt Lake City. I just remember looking through the windows (doors) of the now Family History Library and seeing shelves upon shelves of books. I have always loved books, I love to read! I love history and I love family. I remember watching the introduction filmstrip (yes, it was that long ago) and I was hooked. I later served a Family History mission for the LDS church. Since then, I've dabbled in the business of genealogy for others and continued my own work. I have helped many along the way, which has lead to the opening of my own business, Family History Engineers, this month, July 2009!

For my own family, I have mostly researched the Trujillo line in New Mexico. I have also worked on Roybal in New Mexico. Dye in Alabama and Petersen in Utah and Denmark. My husbands line include Myrup, Dunks, Clark, and Batty. For others, I have also worked in Utah, New York, Virginia, North Carolina and others. I have hit my own brick walls and confusing issues that I have been greatly blessed in resolving!

I am very active on Facebook and recently started on Twitter, which is where I found Genealogy Wise! I am very excited about the prospects in the future as I continue to learn more about the past and enrich my own character and that of the many others I have yet to meet! Look for my own family history blog going public very soon!
Hello. My name is Diane Anderson and I'm a beginner genealogist. Ever since I was a child I loved the idea of making family trees and still have several extensive ones that I made on big sheets of posterboard. I enjoy the entire process of searching for ancestors, learning their names, and seeing how they played a role in my own life, despite never having met them.

I really became interested in genealogy when I had my first child. Granted, she is just 2 years old and can barely say "Grandma and Grandpop," I think it's important for children to have a sense of where they came from. I know my side of the family is German, French, and Swiss. My husband's mother's maiden name is Pupkiewicz. Yes, he is primarily of Polish descent! I don't know much of his family's history and just learned a few years ago that his Dad was actually adopted, and he was actually born with a different last name.

The names I am most interested in researching are Baker (Michigan), Kasischke (MI, FL), Grau (MI), and Pupkiewicz (PA). I look forward to chatting with you more and hopefully being able to make some genealogy connections!

GenealogyWise.com looks to be a wonderful website!
HI, My name is Tami (Haass) Wygant. I grew up in Delaware and have been working on putting together my family tree. It has been such a pleasure to not only learn about my ancestors but to be able to meet and talk to some of my cousins that I only ever knew on paper. The internet has provided me with a wealth of information that I have been able to use to contact other family members.I look forward to being able to continue with my research so that I can have most of the "work" done for my children.

I am specifically looking for the names: Haass, Schmidt, Porter, and Wygant. If you have any information on any of these names please contact me.

My grandparents on my fathers side both immigrated from Germany around 1890. Does anyone else have parents who have immigrated from Germany? Also, when I add family members I always add their cause of death to my tree so that I can learn what genetic illnesses run in my family genes; does anyone else do this as well?

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