Welcome to Holly’s Genealogy Blog!

History has been a passion in both my professional and personal life, through archival work, genealogy and collecting vintage items.

The Beginning of My Interest in Genealogy

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My interest in genealogy and curiosity about my own family history began in 1992, when I asked my grandmother to send me information she had about her ancestry.

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Research was a little bit of a slow-go back then, involving mostly written requests to libraries and genealogical societies. Nearly 30 years later, genealogy grew from a fun pastime, to a passionate hobby, to a career choice.

My Career as an Archivist and Genealogist

Early in my career, I worked as an archivist and used the organizational and research skills I learned to enhance my genealogy techniques. I eventually received a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.

I am now a professional genealogist and have officially started my own business. To date, I have completed over twenty-five research projects for companies and individuals located in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and England. My specializations include New York State research and I have access to libraries and archives in the Hudson Valley and Capital District areas of the state. I also have years of experience researching New England and Mid-Atlantic digital record collections dating back to the Colonial era.  

My Research Projects

My research projects have ranged in length from a few hours to a few weeks, addressing research questions primarily concerning birth, marriage and death, as well as immigration and naturalization. I have utilized online and on-site resources including vital records, church records, land records, newspaper collections, immigrant passenger lists, naturalization and citizenship collections, cemetery records and probate records.

As I have been building my business, I have also been trying to define my social media presence. This leads me to where I am now, writing my first blog post!

With my future posts, I hope to share the discoveries I make in my personal research, as well as provide tips and advice about using different types of record collections. I also plan to feature local  libraries and archives that I use in New York as well as those I visit during my own family history trips.

I have found genealogy to be personally fulfilling endeavor. Through learning about my ancestors, I have learned a lot about myself. I hope that my enthusiasm and expertise can help you discover more about your own family history.

If you have questions or suggestions, I encourage you to leave comments in the section below. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail as well. Your feedback is appreciated. Thanks so much!