Four couples found that doing genealogy together (or in separate classrooms, as the case may be) makes for common ground. Attending GRIP last week among the 163 students from 34 states were the following eight people who shared why they decided to come.
Eric and Karen Stroschein of Seattle, WA, took Determining Kinship Reliable with the GPS and Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper, respectively. Karen has recently changed jobs which now allows her to travel with her husband. A fireman, Eric got her interested in genealogy by having her hold her ancestor’s passport application with original signature. She felt an instant connection and has been working on genealogy ever since.
Gerry and Kathleen Getman from McMurray, PA, are both in Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: From New England to the Midwest course. They said they chose it because it fit both their needs. A retired scientist, he began researching his wife’s family in 1985 and published his first family history in March 2013 on the Levi Marble family. A retired math teacher, Kathleen said that she began doing genealogy in order to be with her husband.
Jere and Lois Mackin of Plymouth, MN, are taking Military Records: From Cradle to Grave and Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap, respectively. Retired Navy and a researcher since 2008, he chose the Military course because he wanted to help others with the records. She has several cases from the timeframe that could use a boost from knowledge of the resources and migration reasons. She is a professional genealogist specializing in PA and upper Midwest who has been researching since 2000. Jere is president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and Lois is First Vice-president. She is also the president of the Northland Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Steve and Susan Arnold of Morgantown, WV, are taking Military Records and Advanced Land Research, respectively. They chose different classes so that they could get more knowledge between them. A retired purchasing manager, he has been doing research since 1976 and keeps busy by answering queries for the WVU genealogy library. He got Susan interested in 1988. She is a medical librarian at WVU and the new state lineage research chair for NSDAR. They attended GRIP last year.