About Me


Hello, and welcome to My Descendant’s Ancestors!  (If you were looking for the blog Little Bytes of Life, you are in the right place. I re-branded this blog in June 2017.)

My name is Elizabeth, and I’m a genealogist, freelance writer, web developer, speaker, and second-generation California native. Thanks to a favorite aunt who got me started, I’ve been researching my own family history for nearly three decades.

I started this blog almost 10 years ago. I enjoy sharing family stories, technology and methodology tips, and generally stirring up trouble fostering community among genealogists. To that end, I host the monthly “Genealogy Blog Party,” and all genealogists – even those without blogs – are welcome to participate. 😊

As a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), I currently serve as president of the award-winning Second Life Chapter, as well as the webmaster for the Southern California Chapter. In addition, I am the vice president of the Second Life Virtual Genealogical Society (SLVGS), the first and only completely virtual society to be recognized by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).

My other affiliations include the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Genealogical Society, the Southern California Genealogical Society, and the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society. I am a compulsive lineage society joiner, and I am a member of numerous societies including the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United States Daughters of 1812, and I am a senior leader for the Children of the American Revolution.

I recently became part of the team at GeneaBloggersTRIBE, where I help out as the Guest Post Coordinator and as one of the website administrators.

As a writer, I am a frequent contributor to the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ FORUM magazine, where I write the regular “Before You Go” column, as well as book and software reviews and featured articles about technology.

When not hunting for ancestors, I enjoy spending time with my husband, also an avid genealogist, and our descendant, who, ironically, has no interest in family history whatsoever. And our rotten canines (a.k.a. The Terrors). I love photography (especially learning new Photoshop techniques), trying to keep up with my ballet class, and I really, really hope to finish my novel someday.


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