Welcome to my personal history blog. Thanks for coming by!
I have a love and passion for research, history, genealogy, writing, and historical manuscript preservation. I have been exploring my family history most of my adult life. My love of family stories started in my childhood listening to my grandmother. Her calm voice and eloquent delivery of fact and fiction, helped to created a unique picture of who I was and where I came from. Her stories would fascinate me, which led me to daydream about my ancestors. I would imagine where they lived, how they lived, how they felt, who they loved, what they looked like, what they were interested in, and what they did not like. I would worry about how they got around in the snow, what it was like to live without electricity and an indoor bathroom. All the definitive imaginings of a child. IT WAS DELIGHTFUL!
Recently, my gen-hobby has taken me down a new path. A few years ago, I decided to test my research skills and examine the life of Henry G. McMorran, a pioneer of my hometown of Port Huron, Michigan. I started out small and over time my collection of research about him grew and Henry started to take up a lot of space in my head. What a man Henry was! Truly one of a kind. In my opinion, Henry contributed so much to the City of Port Huron in his day. He made enormous contributions to business, trade, transportation, farming, society, politics and his family. He had his hand in just about anything and everything. Because of this he was involved with many residents of the city. Researching Henry has also helped me gain more knowledge about the local history of Port Huron and St. Clair County, Michigan. I had no idea all of the fun I would have looking into his life and into the history of the Blue Water Area. I have worked on various genealogical projects for family and friends over the years, but this new experience has changed my life.
My research continues, but I have reached the phase where I am ready to test my writing skills and share my research with others. I have begun initial writings for a biography on Henry. However, the idea of a personal history blog dedicated to personal stories appeals to me, so I am going to go out on a limb and start blogging about my many findings on McMorran, his family, and the many characters of Port Huron.
I suppose I should provide you with my background as this is an “About” page. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies and a Master’s of Library and Information Science. I have worked as a paralegal for the past 15 years and I currently hold the position of Law Librarian for Montgomery County in Dayton, Ohio.
I am a member of the National Genealogy Society, the American Library Association, the Society of American Archivists, the Ohio Society of Archivists, and the American Association of Law Libraries. Whew, that was a mouthful! In actuality though, I am and will always be just a small town girl, born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan. I am one of many on this planet who exhibits a big heart and carries around a pocket full of daydreams.
I am open to ideas or suggestions. If you have a story you would like me to research and share, please contact me. I would love to hear from you! Let’s get to TappingRoots and sharing our stories!