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These are my ologies: genealogy and meteorology.

Back in the mid-1990s, my maternal grandmother sat at her kitchen table and sketched out what she knew of her own family tree. Weeks later, she handed the over-sized piece of old butcher paper to me and asked, “Are you interested in a project like this?” And then she started telling me stories.

I was more than interested. I was enthralled.

Grandma Conley (pictured) passed away a couple of short years later, but I’m convinced that she has been guiding my genealogy research from above for over 20 years now.

I often advise genealogy beginners to find a dedicated place to do research. The pictures here are of the “family tree room” in my home – the desk where I can spend hours on end digging into a single family mystery; the mural that provides a small snapshot of two decades of cumulative research.

Having a dedicated space allows you to be inspired by all the work you’ve done so far. For me, it’s also a place to have imaginary conversations with Grandma Conley, especially when I’m stumped.

Have you researched your family tree? Would you like to start? Pop me an email. Maybe I can help!
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These are my ologies: genealogy and meteorology.

My obsession with weather started at a young age and in an unusual way. Decades later, I write a winter weather blog (aptly titled Rippeology) as a playground for my inner forecaster. I kinda don’t suck at it.

My addiction to family tree research began when my grandmother took a pencil to a large sheet of old butcher paper and started to record what she knew of her own ancestry. She passed away before she could finish, so I took that project as my own. Now, I mostly help friends solve their genealogy mysteries.

So ask me about the weather or tell me your favorite family tree mystery.

Rippeology Update!
An early winter…lots of snow…and a couple visits from the Polar Vortex — just a couple of highlights (lowlights?) from Scott’s 2016-17 Winter Preview. Head over to Rippeology to read more.

Best wine pairing with this post: Bogle Phantom (2013)
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