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Publications, Participations, and Awards

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Family Tree Firsts Blogger
I served as the second Family Tree Firsts Blogger through Family Tree University.  My first post was published December 2011, and there was at least 1 per week over the next year.  Click Family Tree Firsts in the labels section of this blog to read all the posts.

1940 US Census Ambassador
I did my part for the promotion of the 1940 US Census.  It was an amazing experience and I was so happy to be an ambassador for the project.  You can read my posts under 1940 Ambassador and other 1940 labels.  The indexers did an amazing job at getting the census out in record time!

Family Tree Magazine: Spotlight
In the May/June 2012 issue of Family Tree Magazine I am in a feature called "5 Questions With..." This is a column by the Genealogy Insider, Diane Haddad, where each issue they feature a member of the genealogy community.

Armchair Genealogist
On October 5, 2012 The Armchair Genealogist  published a piece I wrote about “The Moment I Knew.” It is part of her series called “Everyone has a Story” and you can read past posts, from other bloggers, there too.

Genealogy Gems Podcast
Lisa Louise Cooke is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast.  I have been a long time listener of hers, and really enjoy each episode.  Episode  142 came out in early October 2012, and imagine my stunned surprise when I heard my name on it. Her last segment of the show is about listeners who have taken the plunge and written their own blogs.  She read a letter I wrote to her right after becoming the FTF blogger.  You can listen to her podcasts though iTunes or her website. Also Check out Lisa’s other podcasts, Family History: Genealogy Made Easy, and Family Tree Magazine Podcast.

Family Tree Magazine: DNA Article
My first ever published article appeared in the 2012 Dec/Jan issue for Family Tree Magazine.  I was very excited, to say the least, and it is on my two favorite subjects: genealogy and genetics.  Titled “How To Get Started With Genealogy and DNA Research” I described my personal experiences and what you could learn from them.  Plus there was a side box detailing what your results for Y-DNA and m-DNA tests tell you. (For those of you have read it, yes, I do know there is a big mistake in it that slipped through editing.  Thanks for pointing it out and knowing that I do _really_ know where mtDNA comes from.)

In-Depth Genealogist: Contributing Writer
In January 2013 I was pleased to start writing a monthly Lineage Society Column and Technology Blog for this online magazine.  

Ambassador FGS 2013 Conference Fort Wayne, Indiana 
I signed up to be an ambassador for the FGS conference this year.  It was a great time and I will do this any time I am able in the future. I met
so many wonderful people, learned so much, plus had a great time doing it. Hope you all enjoyed my tweets and posts before, during, and after the conference.

Honorable Mention: 2013 Excellence-in-Writing Competition (ISFHWE)
I received an honorable mention from this organization for the article I wrote in Family Tree Magazine.  To say I was shocked and surprised would be an understatement.  This was a big honor for me to receive my certificate at FGS this past August.

National Genealogical Society Guest Blogger