My name is Ellen Anderson. I used to be a French teacher but my passion for genealogy has taken me back to school and I’m currently pursuing a masters degree in library science so I can eventually become a genealogy librarian. I chose this path because rather than do people’s research for them, I want to guide, teach and point people in the direction of doing their own research with a front-row seat to the action!

This blog used to be about my semester abroad in Nantes, France back in 2009, but I have recently re-purposed it into a genealogy blog. I have been working on researching my family history since 2014. Before me, my maternal grandmother spent many years researching her side of the family. When I took up the task after she passed away I chose to add on to my father’s side of the family, the Andersons (hence the title). I began by using free websites like FamilySearch and the fantastic Warren County Genealogical Society (OH) website but I have since paid for an Ancestry account and currently most of my work takes place on that website. My family tree currently contains about 1,700 people. Check out the Research Interests page for more information about the surnames and locations I’m researching, I’m happy to share if our research or family trees overlap!

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-Ellen Anderson

Note: All photographs on this blog come from scans of my personal collections or are digital photographs I have taken myself. If you would like to save them for personal use, please keep my name attached. If you wish to use them on a public website like FindAGrave or Ancestry, please contact me first, as they are probably already there. Thank you!