I’ve been researching my family history for about 25 years. In 2012 I completed Boston University’s online Genealogical Research Certificate Program. Now I’m doing the work that will lead to becoming a board certified genealogist.

Areas where I’ve done extensive genealogical research: Carter and Johnson Counties, Tennessee (northeast Tennessee, going back to pre-Civil War days and continuing to the present); Jefferson County, Indiana, particularly the 1800s; Shelby County, Illinois, particularly Flatbranch and contiguous townships, focusing on the 1800s; the Dutch immigration in Iowa during the 1800s; Colorado, including Denver, Kit Carson, Fremont, Huerfano, Pueblo, Prowers, and Otero counties, back to homesteading times in the 1870s. Also, I live near St. Louis, so I have access to records here.

This year I plan to focus on completing my lineage applications (yes, I’ve heard that one before too–ha!). It’s going to be a busy year.

The tools I use to record my information are Family Tree Maker and Ancestry.com. I also record a good deal of information on Find A Grave. The past month or so I’ve been posting photos at What Was There, a fun site.

Recently I’ve also discovered some very helpful genealogy-related pages on facebook, where I’ve been able to get to know people who are researching their family trees in the Netherlands and also (my husband’s family) in Slovenia. These sites include native speakers of both Dutch and Slovenian who live in each country and know how to research the local records. These connections have been hugely useful.

Doing family research, I’ve found so many stories, and I’m at the point where I want to share them–get them out of the shoebox under the bed, so to speak, and into the public domain where people can share and enjoy them. I think a genealogy blog like this one will be a good place to park some of those stories. Additionally, as all writers know, writing begets writing. I have every expectation that writing about these 52 ancestors here on this blog will spark not only plenty of new ideas, but also new writing.

If you would like to contact me, leave me a message, I’d love to hear from you!


All the best,
Becky Roorda Mihelich
Webster Groves, MO


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