Friday, April 12, 2019

157 years ago...

Today, familysearch.org reminded me that my 2nd great-grandmother, Virginia Caroline (Topping) Morgan would be 157 years old today. Oh! It would be so cool if she had lived so long. The stories she could tell. She was an interesting lady and a prolific writer. She has had a great influence on our family, though many of us never met her. 

Here is the link to a piece I wrote about her. It is at familysearch.org. Virginia C. Morgan

I hope you enjoy the read. Joleen

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Calling all Hoyles!

Burnley Pano


I have created a FaceBook group called "Hoyles from Lancashire to Hamilton" in an effort to gather the descendants of these families in one place. I am hopeful we will be able to collaborate our research to discover how our families are related to each other, and to extend our family lines further in England. I hope many will join me in this endeavor!


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Learn the basics of genealogical research - Kitsap County

Are you interested in learning more about your family history? 
Do you want to know about your ancestors and their lives? 


For folks in Kitsap County, I have some classes scheduled at the Village Green Community Center in Kingston THIS MONTH!  I would love to have you join me as we discuss the basics of sound genealogical practices, and review some of the most useful web sites for family history research. You can find more information here. It'll be a lot of fun! 😊


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Monday, April 23, 2018

Facets of FamilySearch

Fun with

‘Facets of FamilySearch’


On April 20th, I had the privilege of making a presentation to the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society on the many facets of FamilySearch. I am a member of this society, so it is always especially fun for me to have the opportunity to speak. So many friends and familiar faces!


I enjoyed sharing the basics of the web site and answering questions. We also discussed some of the lesser-known research techniques that will help users locate information they might otherwise miss.


Wonderful topic! Great questions! I love what I do! 


~ Joleen

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Thursday, December 28, 2017


via GIPHY

Today, I took a big leap; at least, for me. I joined the Association of Professional Genealogists! I am excited to be a part of this amazing group of professionals. I look forward to the associations I will enjoy because of this organization.

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