Here it is. The official first blog from another genealogist. What makes this any different from the others? Why am I unique? Why does that long-haired, tattooed dude do genealogy?
I am different just as any other genealogist differs from the rest. I have unique interests, unique techniques, and a unique approach to life. I have worn many hats in my life and music has been the one I have kept on for the longest. I have played everything from country to Afro-funk, dub reggae to metal. I am a multi-instrumentalist and have shared the stage with many national recording artists. I still continue to play music and always will.
Around age 35, I went through a bit of a self-exploration. I was helping my mother, Billie Stone Fogarty, around her office, doing some work on genealogy projects. She is an experienced genealogist and speaker who took clients needing help with projects. I was entering names in the database, scanning pictures, and checking for errors. I didn’t know source from citation. Ahnentafel?
One morning, I decided I wanted to locate my original birth certificate. I had sent off to DHS for my non-identifying paperwork and was patiently waiting. I went to the courthouse, filled out some papers and boom…original birth certificate. I had my birth mothers name. Now what?