During the summer of 1969, following my twelfth birthday, when I, along with a friend, attended a weekly genealogy class, a seed was sown. During my teen years, the seed began to germinate as I took an interest in reading family histories and gathering family records from my mother’s collection. When I reached adulthood and was attending Brigham Young University (BYU), the seed sprouted as I went on excursions to conduct research for my father’s side of the family at the Harold B Lee Library in Provo, Utah, and at the Salt Lake Family History Center. These trips provided nourishment to the sprouts and they began to grow.
In the thirty plus years following college, the sprouts have grown into branches from the seedling that was planted as a child. During the age of home computers, in the early 1990’s and later learning to use the internet as a tool for research, the branches became boughs, laden with thousands of family ancestral names.
By the year 2007, the tree had grown substantially outward but was in need of direction which would allow the family tree to grow to greater heights. In the summer of 2008, I began to pursue an online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program offered through my alma mater BYU. With no formal experience in family history research, I looked forward to the opportunity of pursuing this degree with an emphasis in family history.
Five years later and seventeen classes later, the family tree had developed a firm root system as I completed many research and history classes and projects required for my graduation which occurred in August of 2013.
Completing my Bachelor of General Studies degree was a fulfilling achievement but I will miss the “journey” that I traveled. Because of this, I would like to continue the satisfying experience of family history research by putting the learning into practice and starting my own business. Now I feel competent and ready to make a contribution and to share my knowledge and skills by providing a family history research service to others seeking to find the “missing branches” on their family tree.