I became interested in my family history in 1996 and have been doing research on and off since then. My main areas of interest are Smith, Croach, McIntyre, McLemore, Stepter, Schnell, Walger, and Rudin.
I grew up in Chicago but when I married in 1999, I moved to Kankakee County. I became a widow in 2006 when I lost my husband to cancer.
I moved back to Chicago in 2010 and have now remarried. I still continue to research my family on and off, along with my husband's lines. ~~ Update: July 2013 - I was recently married and look forward to spending the rest of my life with my new husband! But this doesn't mean I've given up graving.
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