Hello, my name is Jacky Gamble, and I am a genealogy addict. I am also the newest genealogy blogger at Families.com. I have already posted a couple of blogs here, but before I go any further I should tell you a bit about me, and why I chose to blog about genealogy.
Genealogy is one of my passions. I began researching my own family tree back in 2003 because I was curious to find out how many relatives were in my mother’s family (her grandparents had 11 children, and their children had children, and so on). I wasn’t expecting to go any further than finding out about my 3rd and 4th cousins, but that all changed after I registered at Ancestry.com, and began finding names of ancestors I had never even thought about before. I found the names of my great grandparent’s parents, their parents after that, and so on. When I learned all I could on my mother’s family, I moved on to my father’s side.
Since then, I have taken my research offline by visiting the towns where my family resided. Town clerk offices, which contain marriage, birth, and death records dating as far back as when the town first established, can be an invaluable resource for a genealogist. I have traveled to visit old cemeteries where my ancestors are buried, interviewed family members about their memories, and spent hours looking through old newspapers in the basements of libraries.
I have researched ancestors who resided in Quebec and Ireland, and have also been trying to discover my grandmother’s Native American roots, leading me to read books and articles about Native American research. While I have not been able to find my own Native American link, I have a lot of knowledge as to how someone would go about doing so, and I have not given up hope that I will find mine someday.
Through my years of researching my genealogy, I have been fortunate to find more experienced genealogists who were willing to share their wisdom with me. Now that I have become much a much more experienced genealogist, I would like to repay the favor by helping you. I am looking forward to sharing my tips and knowledge with you, and answering any questions that you may have.