I have been researching my family tree since 1965 and enjoy it as much today as I did then. My family was so difficult to work on because I was the product of a 2nd family and my father was too. I think that is why I became interested in learning about them.
I never knew a grandfather on either side and I only knew one grandmother who died when I was 10 and she was 96. I loved her very much and was sad when she died.
After having some very good genealogy teachers and mentors, I decided to get more involved and took the test to become a Certified Research Specialist. I soon learned that I could pay for my computer equipment, printers, scanners, etc., by doing research for others.
When I moved to Paris, Texas in 1989, I took on the job as editor of the quarterly publication of The Genealogical Society of N.E. Texas. The society was renamed The Lamar County, Texas Genealogical Society and I continued as editor for 10 years. I also wrote a weekly genealogy column for The Paris News for 10 years. About 1990 I won a competition for the best genealogy column in Texas sponsored by the Texas State Genealogy Society. GENEALOGY IS A LABOR OF LOVE for me. It has truly been a LABOR of love for me.