I didn’t start out this way, and neither did Clue Wagon. I used to be a corporate HR executive. I dealt with living people, and their various foibles. It was very exciting, but it wasn’t my passion or anything like that. Nobody is passionate about HR. That would be weird.
My actual passion turned out to be genealogy. Even as a kid, I was interested in my family history. When I was a junior in high school, one of my relatives started talking about the old aunts and uncles and grandparents. I took notes on the only thing that was handy—a paper bag. I still have it.
A few years later, I moved from Los Angeles to Milwaukee. An elderly relative wrote and said that my great-great-great-grandparents were buried in West Bend, Wisconsin. This was news to me, since I’d never been to Wisconsin before I moved there, and as far as I knew my family hadn’t either. I went up and found their graves, along with a big fat file about them at the local historical society. I was hooked. I spent the next seven years doing research in Wisconsin and Minnesota. I learned a lot.
Then I got married. My corporate career took off. I had a baby, and another. I spent 10 years focusing on other things. My research sat in two big black filing cabinets, untouched. I missed it terribly, but I couldn’t find a way to work on it while getting all of the other stuff done.
When I left HR after my second child was born, I finally got to spend a bit more time focusing on my research (and my descendants, of course). It’s been great. Genealogy has changed a great deal since I started back in the olden days (i.e. the mid-1990s).
Since then, I’ve spent my time writing, teaching, and working on my own research. In 2015, I wrote a book on how to use Evernote for genealogy. You can find out more about that here. More recently, I’ve been working with adoptees and others with unknown parentage, using DNA and traditional genealogy to help them find their families. It’s pretty cool.
Need to reach me? You can find out how here. I also teach genetic genealogy and Evernote courses at Family Tree University, and I have a column in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.