I am a wife, mother of two grown kids. I have a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and worked in my local public library for 35+ years when I retired early. I am the self-appointed family historian because I enjoy researching and collecting family stories, genealogy and photos. Why have I started this blog? To preserve and share my families stories as well as track my research progress.
As far back as I can really remember I had an interest in my family history. Perhaps it stemmed from my father telling me stories of when he was a boy or his decision to meet his biological parents when I was 6 years old. I recall with many of my visits with my grandmothers asking them if I could look at their photo albums and asking them who the people were in the old photos and to tell me stories about their lives. I really do not know what specific event may have influenced my interest in genealogy. But I do know that when I was 11 I visited my great Uncle Leonard in Virginia, he owned an antique store in small rural town, and he took us on a tour of where he and my Grandmother were raised after their parents died. A few months later I wrote to him and asked for more information on the Lineberry history. His response to me treated me as an adult with a serious interest and he provided me with the information I requested. As an 11 year old I didn’t have the skills to do any research but I saved that information and many years later I pulled it out and started my quest for more family histories. Right now on my genealogy website are not only the specific lineage information but also letters and photos I acquired. Some of them I can look at and read again and again. Recently I added a site called Keith & Kay Bauman’s Family History and Ancestry, www.kbaumantreehouse.name, which has the capability of including even more information in a database for easy searching and hopefully the name is easy to remember.
What interests you about family history, the pictures, the stories or what? I’d love for you to join me in documenting your families stories. My email is kayzie31 at gmail.com