This blog was created as an attempt on my part to spend more time on my genealogical research by sharing my experiences as I take steps along the way. I have been researching the many branches of my family on and off for almost 20 years. Along the way I completed a history degree and a degree in Archives and Records Management, followed by a few years as a Local History Librarian and helping out at the Rockford Historical Museum. But life never goes quite the way you plan and I currently happily work as a Readers Advisory Librarian and supervisor at a public library where I now (more than occasionally) butt into the discussions of genealogy and local history.

The blog has fed a renewed passion for my research and opened a number of doors for me. It’s forced me to really figure out my blind spots, be systematic, as well as think outside the box.  But it has also giving me the opportunity to find out that I really enjoy sharing my research and helping others plan their own. So, you may now catch me out and about as a presenter or instructor as well. (Feel free to email me if you have questions about that.)

Thanks for stopping in and happy hunting!

Jess

jmt [dot] trotter [at] gmail [dot] com

P. S. Oh… and the two ladies in the picture above… neither of them are me. But they are a lovely pair of ladies who like to roadtrip–even if it means I drag them to cemeteries and regale them with stories about their ancestors. Thanks, Mom and Gran!

4 Responses to “About”


  1. This is a great blog. So glad that Harold pointed the way to me. Will be following you. I’ve done some writing about my side of the DeBoer family. My mother Eleanor is still living and is a great resource.


    1. Thanks, Phyllis! I’m glad you’re enjoying it.


  2. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog this week. I found it while searching information about Sarah Deer, married to Henry Helsel. We are related to him through his first wife, Julia. I’ve worked on Ancestry.com for years, and I too have spent time at Rockford browsing the microfilm and wandering through cemeteries taking photos!


    1. Welcome Joy! Thanks for stopping in and reading! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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