Genealogy is my passion. It is not the dates or the places that I seek, but the challenges, the history, the stories that my ancestors have inside them that I want to discover. My research began when I moved to Illinois in the 70s. My mother always wanted to know about her Clevenger roots which stemmed from Wayne County, IL.
If you know anything about Wayne County, IL, you will know that it was plagued with a fire in 1886 which destroyed most of the tools that we genealogists need to piece patterns of lives together. I can't tell you how many trips I made down to Fairfield, Illinois, but it was so many that the County Clerk offered to lock me in one night so I could finish the box of charred records that I was sifting through. Being a scaredy-cat, I declined, much to my regret these days.
Find A Grave has allowed me to add 40 years of genealogy to my ancestors. Thank you for this wonderful free platform and to all those volunteers who have tirelessly donated their time in cataloging cemeteries.
I am a resident of Illinois, but also Texas and California. My educational background is Mathematics and my professional experience was as a project manager. I have one daughter who sad to say is not interested in Genealogy, however, she has explicit instructions to not throw any of it away, after I am gone.
My main interests are in these families:
Clevenger Clark Candee Woodruff Beall Weed Dunn Scofield Sinnett Frey Betts Stevens Myers Wright Trester Briddell Stinnett Brinton Tharp Coddington Atherton Cushman Remington and Hall.
The localities are Wayne County, IL; Stamford. Connecticut; Winchester, VA; Hampshire County, VA now WV; Troy, New York; Daviess County, KY; Allegany & Montgomery Counties, Maryland; and Harrison County, VA now WV and Knox County, Indiana.
I am a firm believer in our ancestors' migration patterns. Whenever possible, I try to follow the families traveling together, because they tend to intermarry.
Happy Hunting, Candee email is firstname.lastname@example.org