A romantic at heart I enjoy medieval romance novels (reading and writing), illustrating, taking photographs, and the most recent addition to my hobby list is: genealogy.
I began in Feb of 2006. I have always wondered who my ancestors were, but now I had a reason to look them up...my children one day may wonder where they came from.
So I began interviewing family members and couldn't believe how much they didn't know. Armed with a few names and dates (some of them wrong), I began my online search. At that time I was too green to find much but with the generous help of other genealogy enthusiasts, I have pieced together my rather extensive tree many lines going back to the early 1700's.
After discovering that one line of my direct discendants were buried in the First Presbyterian Cemetery in Elizabeth NJ, I made the 1 hour trip to the cemetery, expecting the worst but hoping for the best.
It took nearly an hour to find my ancestors but when I did I was amazed to not only find the stones legible, but to see that they comprised the very first row facing Broad St. I also discovered that my gx5grandfather was a Revolutionary War Private, something that I was unable to find online. I then realized that others must think the same about their ancestors. So I took random shots and posted them online. Now, after an overwhelming response, photographing tombstones has become a passion.