Thanks for visiting GeneJourneys.com. My name is Lauren, and I’m a genealogy addict. My obsession with family history began many years ago, inspired at a young age by my grandmother’s Stanwood and Bursley heritage. “Grammer” told me about her grandfather, Albert, the lumberman working in Maine and Minnesota’s cold, cold winters to fell trees. She was fascinated by the tales of travel by covered wagon, when the family went west to Minnesota. She was proud of her grandmother’s Bursley heritage as well, with ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War, and before that, sailed across the Atlantic ocean aboard the Mayflower. I started my genealogy by researching these and other stories at the National Archives, pouring over census records on microfilm for clues about my Stanwood ancestors. Later, my mother would join in on my research excursions. After my grandmother’s passing, mom and I would spend hours looking at old photographs (I inherited by great-great grandmother Lavina’s photo album), Google our family name, and celebrate each time we’d find another clue or solve another mystery.
My mother and grandmother are both gone now, but my lifelong passion for genealogy is not. I hope you find this blog helpful in learning about my family history research progress, travels and latest technological gadgets. Please feel free to leave a comment or email me using the form at the bottom of this page if you find this blog helpful.