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# Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Jamie the Intern Bids Family Tree Farewell
Posted by Jamie


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As my summer here at Family Tree Magazine comes to a close, I realize that I have learned so much in a mere three months.

When I first came to Family Tree Magazine, I vaguely knew what genealogy was; I didn’t understand that so many people loved researching dead people and what a huge industry it is.

I have learned so much just by checking the facts in articles, selecting reader tips and organizing back issue content. I would find myself engrossed in an article about the windfall of genealogy information that can be found in religious records or cemeteries, when I should have only been checking to make sure the links in those articles worked. I have a greater understanding of history and how it affects looking for my ancestors.

I never thought learning about genealogy and my family history would be so exciting, so enlightening, so entertaining or so addicting. Every article I worked on was like a clue in a giant treasure hunt that lead me down a path to where “x” marked the spot.

Three months ago, I had no idea what my families’ pasts held for me. And while my Kiely and Lehan branches still need lots of research, I have barely even touched the maternal side of my family tree. Completing the search will definitely be a journey that is life long and one that will help me to understand not only where I came from but where I am going.

I really get why “roots mania” has taken hold in America: Genealogy is interesting, fun and a hobby that turns seemingly ordinary people into gen junkies relatively quickly. I can’t go into a thrift store without scanning the names in old Bibles. When I was recently in Washington, D.C., I went to the Smithsonian and saw an old slave register, the first thing coming mind was “Are these names indexed?” I was also upset to learn that the National Archives and Records Administration doesn’t pull records on Saturday, even if they are open.

I can find family histories on GoogleBooks with a few clicks of a mouse and I can use USGenWeb to find a death index for Kentucky that I would have never found before. I can ask – and answer ­– questions on GenForum. I even created a family tree on FindMyPast.com.

My summer spent here at Family Tree Magazine was certainly a whirlwind and worthwhile experience. Now, just wish me luck on getting by without digital census records on demand.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 1:31:04 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 2:23:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
*sniff*

We'll miss you and all the great work you did. Good luck in school this year!
Diane
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 2:57:21 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
PS: They've already taken your computer away. Hasn't even been a day. Give us some time to mourn, people!
Diane
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 4:32:12 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Way to go Jamie! I'm so glad you learned so much in just 3 months. Be sure to keep it up. There are Family History Centers and libraries just about everywhere you go. Use them for searching out you family whenever you can. Good luck to you.
Andrea
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