Family historian, researcher, and writer Michelle Roos Goodrum became involved in family history in the early 1990s when she realized her ancestors saved everything from important family documents to the smallest trinkets. Michelle is now the caretaker of over 130 years of her family’s history. Some of the dusty documents she uncovered were related to her ancestors’ homes which sparked an interested in land and property records. She loves traveling to their former homes to get a feel for what their lives might have been like.
Michelle regularly blogs at The Turning of Generations where she writes about discoveries in the family home, preserving and organizing them for the future as well as other family history topics. Join Michelle in the 21st Century Organized Family Historian series and get your own family history materials under control. Photography must be in Michelle’s DNA as she is the third generation of a family of amateur photographers. You can regularly find Michelle’s pictures at her photoblog, Shutterbug Generations.
Go In-Depth with Michelle:
What is one tip you would give a newbie genealogist?
Write down your sources and include where and when you examined the item. There’s a couple of brick walls I’m convinced would have come tumbling down more easily if only I had done that from day one.
What is your one tip for transitional genealogists?
Get involved in the ProGen program. It has transformed the way I approach genealogical problems and I’m only 2/3 of the way through the program as of September 2012. The process of giving and receiving feedback from group members has been invaluable. Also, I have developed relationships with people that will continue for years to come. Whether you aspire to be a professional genealogist or to just do professional level work the effort will be worth it!
What is your favorite blog post from your personal website?
My favorite post is also the most viewed. Mt. St. Helens Eruption – Disasters. Living in the path of the May 18, 1980 eruption was an experience I will never forget. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with readers.
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Michelle Roos Goodrum is a family historian, genealogist and writer with a passion for photography, research in land records, and organization. She is a regular contributor to The In-Depth Genealogist, a digital community that contributes to the advancement of all genealogists. Michelle pens the monthly column Timeless Territories and contributes regular blog posts. You can find The In-Depth Genealogist online at www.theindepthgenealogist.com. Michelle’s blog is The Turning of Generations http://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/).
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