I’ve been doing genealogy on and off since the sixth grade, when we got an assignment in school to work on our family tree.  I told my Mom, who suggested that I write to my grandmother, who was a member of the DAR.  She sent me her lineage back to the colonial days.  This got me off to an easy start, although I did learn later how difficult genealogy can be.  I also wrote to my Aunt Marie, who gave me some information on the French side of the family, and included “a dollar for a hamburger”. After all these years and having to move twice with only the things I could fit in my suitcase, I still have the original information they sent me, and I have added a lot to it.

In the last 12 years or so I have been taking genealogy more seriously, partly thanks to the ease of research on the Internet.  I am now branching out beyond Internet research, though, as I have learned of the valuable documents only available offline.

I am also starting to take classes.  This past summer I took the Boston University Genealogical Research Program class, where I learned to practice more rigorous genealogy and learned new techniques.  I also went to my first conference, held by the North Hills Genealogists in Pittsburgh.  I’m finding a whole new world out there as I learn more and interact with other genealogists.

I’m also hoping to get certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  This will take some time, though, but I’m doing research in preparation for that.

I have a bunch of ideas floating around in my head and wanted the opportunity to write about them, so I started this blog.  I look forward to sharing my thoughts and hearing back from you.

Beirne Konarski


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