I had a dream last night about work, and it was not a nightmare! I was searching through census records, and that is what genealogists do. How did I get here?
My education and former career:
I spent 25 years in quality assurance in the printing and publishing industry in Rochester, NY, proofreading, researching, testing software, web development, reporting. I also studied social sciences and foreign languages, and I have degrees in psychology and international studies. It took me a few months to pull the skills and hobby together, but I established my genealogy business about 10 months ago.
When I was working on my business plan, etc, I asked my family for ideas for a name. My mother had the winning entry- Family Sherlock. I always wanted to be Sherlock Holmes when I was a child, and only did not pursue this when I discovered a modern-day detective was usually a police officer, and at barely 5 feet tall, even if I did pass the physical requirements and tests, I do not think anyone would want to work with this tiny recruit on the streets! So I became a proofreader instead. Then a legal researcher. Then a software test engineer. Then a web and e-mail developer. I had been studying my family history since I was a child also, and my cousin gave me a set of letters for a graduation gift- these are the background of my logo, along with my old Sherlock magnifying glass:
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