My name is Ellen Anderson. I used to be a French teacher but my passion for genealogy took me back to school and I recently finished a masters degree in library science. I am now working as a genealogy librarian. I chose this path because rather than do people’s research for them, I want to guide, teach, and point people in the direction of doing their own research with a front-row seat to the action!
I have been working on researching my family history since 2014. Before me, my maternal grandmother spent many years researching her side of the family. When I took up the task after she passed away, I chose to add on to my father’s side of the family, the Andersons (hence the title). I began by using free websites like FamilySearch and the fantastic Warren County Genealogical Society (OH) website but I have since paid for an Ancestry account and currently most of my work takes place on that website. For my desktop software I use RootsMagic, which syncs with my Ancestry account. My family tree currently contains about 2,300 people. Check out the Research Interests page for more information about the surnames and locations I’m researching, I’m happy to share if our research or family trees overlap!
I started administering DNA tests in 2015 when I tested both of my parents with Ancestry. In the last two years I have gone on to test 6 more relatives with Ancestry and one with FTDNA. Recently I added my own DNA to the mix by testing myself at Ancestry, MyHeritage, and LivingDNA. I’m enjoying learning more about manipulating and comparing the results!
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Note: Nearly all photographs on this blog come from scans of my personal collections or are digital photographs I have taken myself. The rest were used with permission from their source. Please contact me for permission to use the photos elsewhere online. Thank you!