About the Author

(NOTE: If you’re looking for the blog Little Bytes of Life, you’re 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 over three decades.

I started this blog in October 2007. 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 family historians – even those without blogs – are welcome to participate. 😊

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

In 2017, I became part of the administrative team at the GeneaBloggers Organization, an organization providing support to genealogy content providers. I currently serve on the board as the Vice President.

Other affiliations include the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Genealogical Society, the Southern California Genealogical Society, the Virtual Genealogical Association, and the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society.

I am a member of numerous lineage 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.

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.

Other stuff I’ve written can be found on my Published Articles page.

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. 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.  


 📌 Published Articles

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