Genealogy is becoming something of a national obsession. More and more people want to know the stories of their families. Research genealogist Donna Blinn has been working at it before the field became so popular. She describes what it’s been like “Living in the Past Lane” and the many things she’s learned.
Donna tells the stories behind some of the mysteries that she’s solved. She also talks about the requirements of her craft and the things to look for in hiring a genealogist. Personal Historians can learn about collaborating with a genealogist to verify content, and add texture and nuance to their work. Anyone who likes a good detective story will enjoy hearing her interview.
If you want to get in touch with Donna Blinn, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a terrific story about the intersection of genealogy and personal history, check out Bringing Home the Bones by Edward Coletti, published 2006. Forensics, genealogical records and a murder mystery!