My Genealogy Background
As I mentioned before, I started this as a child with my grandmother. I learned how to keep notes, research, and write letters to strangers asking all sorts of personal information. Ah! The fearlessness of youth!
My first formal genealogy class was in the 1980s and was taught by the registrar general of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (that officer is the one who reviews all research for potential members). As you can imagine, she was a stickler for documentary proof, and to this day, I believe it “ain’t so” until it is proven.
I worked ten years in the oil business as a petroleum landman. The specialty of the firm—and my entire focus—was locating hard-to-find mineral owners for lease purposes. My genealogy experience was so valuable in that pursuit!
The stories are the most fascinating part to me. We forget that the names in a faded Bible or carved on a tombstone were living, breathing, crying, laughing people. The stories remind us that those folks were as human as we are.
I love what I do—there is always a different “hunt” and a different set of circumstances. Never boring!
I’m a 6th generation native Texan. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Speech Communication and minor in English. I taught public school (ninth graders—enough said!) and worked 10 years in the oil business.
After a move to the Austin, Texas area, I worked in the Texas Legislature as a legislative aide and in several political and non-profit associations as director of development and executive director. After years with non-profit organizations, I decided it was time to do what I loved: genealogy. For the last 15 years I’ve been a professional genealogist. I have researched for private clients, taught genealogy classes, and worked with Ancestry.com as an expert in the Expert Connect project.
Contact me: Andrea@familytreehunt.com.