Here’s a recent clip of Amy speaking
RootsTech 2019, presenting “Why and How to Put Yourself Into Your Family History”
with Curt Witcher of the Allen County Public Library and Scott Fisher of Extreme Genes.
We’ve all had the feeling that there is more to find, but not sure what to do or where to go next. You know there is more to discover about your family’s history, but you aren’t sure what your next step should be beyond getting information from Grandma and finding a few things online.
That’s what I want to help you with.
Even as a child, much of my life had elements of family history. Dad’s side of the family was rich with stories and photos; Mom, on the other hand, didn’t know her grandmother’s name. I was fascinated by Dad’s stories but yearned to know more about Mom’s family. Making those discoveries has helped her feel a connection to the past and also to the present. I’ve seen how powerful those connections are.
When I was working on my Masters degree in library science, my goal was to become a genealogy librarian. I thought there was nothing like helping people discover their own family history and make those connections for themselves. I still feel that way.
My career has taken me from working at a tech start-up that had a genealogy product, to working at Ancestry. During my time there, I worked on the social media team and helped create educational content. I’ve given presentations on genealogy’s biggest stages and in church basements to groups of twenty people.
No matter what the setting, the family historians I meet remind me of one thing: The desire we all have to make connections.
I believe that we can make those connections and enjoy the process. Doing good research doesn’t have to be drudgery or feel frustrating.
Whether it’s through my free offerings like my Generations Café podcast or my Facebook group or through my Generations Café Circle membership, I strive to bring family historians like you the best information that you can put into place right away… and show you how you can have success in your research.
Amy holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. She has held a Certified Genealogist® credential since 1995. Amy served as the series editor for the National Genealogical Society Guides, published by Rutledge Hill Press, and was the co-author of Online Roots in that series.
Amy is the host of Generations Café podcast, a weekly show to help listeners make more discoveries. She is also the author of 31 Days to Better Genealogy, filled with resources and tips you can put into practice right away.
Amy is the author of more than 40 articles in various genealogical publications and has presented at genealogy’s top events, including RootsTech and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys photography, quilting, and road trips. She has never turned down an offer to go visit a cemetery.