I've been interested in genealogy ever since inheriting many records from my Southern family (Mother's) more than a decade ago and too few from my Northern side (Dad's). My mother's aunt, Ida May Higgason Dickens, was a woman ahead of time: divorced, with two children to support, she eventually became a professor of History at a college in Montana. She did her research the "old way", with dogged determination, and left voluminous records of Virginians, Georgians, Mississippians, and Texans.
My father's roots (Snyder, Woodring, Andrews, Schlosser, Saeger, Reichel, among many) were in Pennsylvania. My husband's were also in Pennsylvania (Hammerlee, Weaver [orig. Weber], Galbraith, White, Schreffler).
The image is of my great-aunt, May Dickens.