Guest blogger Kayt Schaefer is a manager of program implementation with FedEx Office and has worked with the company for 16 years. Kayt and her husband are dedicated supporters of their local major league soccer team. In her spare time, Kayt also enjoys fly-fishing and, of course, researching her family history.
I was about seven years old when my Mom’s father passed away. As my Mom sorted through his belongings, she found boxes of family photos – many from the 1800s – and this set her on a 30-year journey to research our family history, ultimately publishing a book detailing our family history.
Each summer, I traveled with her as she conducted genealogical research. She interviewed family members and we spent endless hours together in libraries pouring over books and microfilm, in court houses rummaging through birth, marriage, census and estate records, as well as hiking through fields and up hills to transcribe cemetery data.