My name is Laura Nelson and I am your guide here at Tenacious Genealogy. I am a librarian (in training – 10 points if you get the reference), word nerd, and 100% Maven who loves history, genealogy, food, and helping others. ESPECIALLY when I get to do any combination of those at the same time.
I’ve been into genealogy for most of my life. As a little kid, summer vacations meant visiting cemeteries, the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, courthouses, archives, libraries, and other records repositories. My favorite place in any of the schools I went to was the library and when I was homeschooled, the public library. So it wasn’t a surprise when I ended up getting my BA in History in 2009 and my MLS in Archival Administration and Digital Curation in 2012.
- I interned at the Smithsonian. (National Museum of American History Archives)
- I volunteered/interned at the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington D.C. during graduate school.
- I transcribed handwritten letters and journal entries for Cokie Roberts.
- I taught English in China in 2007 and 2009. (But unfortunately, I am not fluent in Mandarin Chinese.)
- I love to write fiction and non-fiction and hope to publish at least one of my books in the future.
- I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society.
- To share the knowledge that I have gained (and continue to gain) about genealogy, people, places, and things.
- To make genealogy and history fun.
- To get people excited and engaged about their families, communities, and the world around them.
- To help others.
Along with my passion for history and libraries, I’ve realized that I love teaching. That combination (love of history, love of libraries, love of teaching) has stuck with me as I’ve gotten older and has brought me to where I am now, blogging about history, genealogy, and everything in between.
Feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope, after reading this blog, you will find that genealogy and history, in general, become less boring and more exciting. I hope you learn something new or take something away that helps you. But most of all, stay tenacious and I hope you have fun.
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