I Got A Job. A Real Job. With Direct Deposit And Everything.

I Got A Job. A Real Job. With Direct Deposit And Everything.

by Kerry Scott on 29 August 2011

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So here’s a bit of news:

Starting next week, I’ll be the Online Editor for Family Tree Magazine. You can read the press release below. To say I’m excited would be a gross understatement. If you think a career change is impossible, I’m here to tell you it isn’t.

I’ll still be blogging here, of course. But now I’ll get to do even more genealogy stuff, and talk with even more genealogists. It’ll be dead people around the clock up in here.

Did I mention I’m excited?


Family Tree Magazine Welcomes Kerry Scott as Online Editor

Family Tree Magazine, America’s No. 1 genealogy how-to magazine, is pleased to announce the addition of Kerry Scott to its team.

She’ll be the magazine’s new online editor, focusing on Family Tree University online classes, webinars and digital products.

Scott brings to the team her experience as a genealogy researcher, active member of the genealogy blogging community (she blogs at Clue Wagon), and human resources executive.

“This position gives me the opportunity to connect with and share great content with other researchers,” Scott says. “I’m especially excited about growing Family Tree University, which is such a great resource for the genealogical community.”

The Milwaukee, Wis., resident and mom of two has loved family history since childhood. “My favorite ancestor is my Uncle Fred, who was my second-great-grandfather’s brother. He was an attorney, politician and judge who left behind a mountain of paperwork. How can you not love a guy like that?”

Not all of her ancestors left so many records—a situation familiar to most genealogists. “The genealogical skill I’m most proud of is my ability to stick to a search until I hit pay dirt,” Kerry says. “I’ve been known to walk through every grave in every cemetery in an entire county, or search an entire big city in a particular census year until I found the family I needed. I don’t give up easily.”

About Family Tree Magazine

Family Tree Magazine, America’s No. 1 family history magazine, is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc., which also encompasses Family Tree University online courses and webinars; the Family Tree Books imprint; and ShopFamilyTree.com. These publications and products are devoted to providing engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that makes genealogy a hobby anyone can do.

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Brad Patrick August 29, 2011 at 8:31 am

Congratulations! I look forward to following you even more.


Caroline Gurney August 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

Many, many congratulations, Kerry! In my opinion, Family Tree Magazine are extremely lucky to get you. I wish you all the very best as your genealogy career goes onward and upward.


Lynn Palermo August 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

OMG, I am so excited for you! Your a talented writer, well deserved.


Elizabeth O'Neal August 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

WOW! Congratulations, Kerry! How exciting!


Alison Green / Ask a Manager August 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

Congratulations! That’s fantastic!


Amy August 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

This is awesome on so many levels. Congratulations!


Paula August 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

Congratulations Kerry! Good Luck in your new venture!


Dana August 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

My favorite magazine just got a whole LOT cooler! I am so glad for you, Kerry! Congratulations!


Tina Lyons August 29, 2011 at 8:41 am



Bart Brenner (GeneaPopPop) August 29, 2011 at 8:44 am

Congrats! What a great opportunity!


Debi Austen August 29, 2011 at 8:50 am

Oh my goodness, I’m SO excited for you! It doesn’t get any better than dead people and direct deposit. Congratulations!!!!!!


Audrey Collins August 29, 2011 at 9:08 am

Congratulations! Isn’t it great when something you love turns into your day job too? I have had what you could describe as a ‘portfolio career’ if you were being kind, so I know how you must be feeling. I finally got my current job less than two years ago, but it’s amazing how many of the other apparently unrelated things I did on the way have come in handy. Good luck, I’m sure you’ll do a great job.


Carole August 29, 2011 at 9:21 am

Congratulations :D


Thomas MacEntee August 29, 2011 at 9:29 am

Congratulations! This is a win for you Kerry, a win for F+W Publishing and a win for the genealogy community!


Heather Wilkinson Rojo August 29, 2011 at 9:31 am

Kerry, Congratulation on a terrific position in the genealogy world. We’ll all be following your new job closely! Best of luck in the future!


Cheryl P August 29, 2011 at 9:32 am

Oh, Kerry! That is so very awesome! I couldn’t be happier for you! WAAAAY COOL! Congratulations! The blessings of loving dead people and what it can lead to! ENJOY, as I know you will! Fantastic, I am so excited for you!


Susan Tiner August 29, 2011 at 9:33 am

What fantastic news! I’m so happy for you Kerry :-).


Cheryll Holley August 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

Wow! Congratulations! You deserve it!


Julie O'Malley August 29, 2011 at 9:39 am

Well done, KSS! Attitude is everything :)


Kari Quaas August 29, 2011 at 9:41 am

Congratulations Kerry! That’s awesome. :)


Sheri Fenley August 29, 2011 at 9:42 am

Congratulations Kerry! You know, if you find you are in need of an assistant . . . .


Barb Poole August 29, 2011 at 9:49 am

Congratulations, this is great news. And, nobody is more deserving; we all love your posts. I hope you can keep in touch via your blog and fb on occasion.


Valerie Elkins August 29, 2011 at 10:46 am

Kerry congratulations! And congratulations to Family Tree Magazine for making such a smart move!


Aylarja August 29, 2011 at 10:49 am

Kerry, Congrats! Will this position permit you to wear your slippers on the job, or will “outside clothes” be required? Direct deposit is a definite plus, but slippers on the job is the digital-age equivalent of the corner office. :) Slippers or not, I’m sure your ancestors would be proud.


Kerry Scott August 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Definitely slippers. I might even buy fancy new name-brand slippers or something.


Leslie Ann August 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

Congrats Kerry! It’s always nice to get paid for what you love to do!


Jennifer Holik Urban August 29, 2011 at 11:52 am

Congratulations! What a fabulous job!


Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith August 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Congratulations, Kerry! Onward and upward! ;-)


Christopher Allen Shaw August 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Congratulations! Sounds like a dream job!


Dee Blakley August 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Now how cool is that?

Congrats to you, Kerry.


Yvonne August 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm



Kathryn Adam-Hurs August 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Congratulations!!! Thank you for the camera tip. Your shots came out great!


Sheila August 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm



Elizabeth P August 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Congrats Kerry!


Suzanne Lucas August 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Congratulations! That is so awesome. You will be fabulous.

And here I thought it was going to say you are back in HR. Heh.


Kerry Scott August 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm



Jo Graham August 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Well done Kerry – hope you get tea breaks, hols and the whole shooting match :-) It’s great doing a job that you love even if it took a while to find it :-) Jo @ Our Scots Genealogy Research, Edinburgh


Rondina Muncy August 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Congrats, Kerry. I’m sure you will bring to them the same delightful creativity that you bring to us at Clue Wagon.


Lorine McGinnis Schulze August 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Congratulations! Well deserved, you will be a terrific asset to the magazine!


Rachel August 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Good for you! How luck to have a job in what you really want to do.


Tonia Kendrick August 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Congrats, Kerry! Awesome news.


Linda Gartz August 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Fabulous! You’re bringing together so many skills you’ve honed over your varied career paths and now sharing your knowledge with an even wider audience. So thrilled for you!


Taversoe August 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Congratulations, Kerry! And congratulations too, to Family Tree Magazine – y’all did good picking Kerry!


GrannyPam August 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Congratulations, I know you will be a great fit.


Kerry Scott August 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Thank you all so much for the support—I really, really appreciate it.


Laurie Ruettimann August 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm

It’s an understatement to tell you how I proud I am of you. (And it sounds weird, I know.) I just remember the early days of Clue Wagon. This is a great example of how blogging can lead to work.

Congrats again! xo


Shelley Bishop August 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Congrats, Kerry! What a fantastic opportunity, both for the magazine and for you–a perfect pairing!


Greta Koehl August 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Congratulations! One of the great joys of life is having a job doing what you love to do. I know, because my job involves doing one of the things I enjoy most (though in my case it’s not genealogy but languages).


Nancy Shively August 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm

So does that make you my new Grace? The blogger is always the last to know. Congratulations! You will be awesome!


Kerry Scott August 30, 2011 at 7:20 am

I think so (starting next Tuesday, anyway).


Nancy Shively August 30, 2011 at 8:25 am



Chris Whitten August 30, 2011 at 6:30 am

Congratulations, Kerry!


George P. Farris August 30, 2011 at 11:28 am

Dear Kerry:

First, I wanted to congratulate you on your new position. Actually, I stand in awe of all you do — family, blog, extensive research, and now online editor.

“Family Tree Magazine” is fortunate to acquire a resource and treasure such as yourself.

Please accept my best wishes for success in each of your endeavors.

Very respectfully,


Maggie August 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Congrats Kerry, fantastic news!!! All the best for your new job!


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