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Kathie Russell Volante
  • Tampa, FL
  • United States
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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Anderson, Brinkley,Caves,Bertz,Stowe, Pisauro,Volante,Russell,Williams, Gardner, Simpson,Cimillo, and all allied families.
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
Germany, Ireland,Denmark,US
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Intermediate Family History Researcher

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Dont Rob yourself of the Thrill

Posted on January 1, 2012 at 5:49pm 0 Comments

So many people will go to ancestry or another site and say OH look I found my entire tree already done for me. whats the fun in that?

I have had many people say that they copied info from another tree just to find out later it was wrong.  You cannot write a family history by copying someone elses.  You miss out on all the fun and the thrill of discovering new records and info on someone in your tree on your own.

I have had to use paid researchers on my Northern roots and to me…


My Hobby

Posted on December 30, 2011 at 9:02pm 0 Comments

I buy old photos when ever and where ever I see them when they are priced reasonably.  Then I post them on my facebook page and when someone can claim them I return them free of charge to the family.

Check it out and see if any of yours are there. 

The Mystery of our History

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 12:38pm 0 Comments

I have to wonder what caused my grandfather to start using an alias. At first I thought it was because he had abandoned an second family but yet I found his draft registration and it was in his alias.  Address and birth date matches my grandfather so I know it was him. This was before he married his second wife. He used this alias for the rest of his life so what was he running from? 

I know life was hard for him and his family.  Seems like his father held many jobs during his…


My Obsession is just like yours.

Posted on December 28, 2011 at 9:05am 0 Comments


We all began this search for a particular reason.  How it became an obsession is the same. We cant help but feel the excitement of adding leaves to the branches in our tree. We keep looking for more and more.

In 1970 my History teacher Mrs. Carrol assigned us the project of making a family tree.  At first I panicked. I did not know anything about my family. All of my grandparents were deceased. My father had a hard childhood and spent most of it in a childrens home in New…


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