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About The Intentional Genealogist

Welcome to The Intentional Genealogist. We picked that name because -- I admit -- I (Kristin) have been a sloppy, leaf-collecting, non-resourcing genealogist. Until now. Inspired in part by Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over, I'm starting over to research deliberately and intentionally.  

This blog and site are a family affair. I'll be concentrating more on the genealogical research aspects, while my tech support staff -- I mean, my husband -- will contribute articles from the technical perspective.  

About Kristin:  On my mom's side, I'm a fifth generation Texan with roots back (I think) to the Republic of Texas. (Yes, that search will be one of my topics.) Further back on my mother's side, my family came to Texas from Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina (and ?? -- still a work in progress.) My father's side of the family came to Illinois from Vermont, Massachusetts and England as well as from Virginia and from Scotland. As part of my intentional do-over, I've been able to join the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) through a five-times great grandfather on my mother's side. That process taught me the value of complete documentation! I've recently retired as a software technical support specialist and thus am able to spend more time on the fun stuff! In addition to the NSDAR, I'm a member of the Dallas Genealogical Society and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and plan to join more local societies in my ancestral locations.

About Bruce:  I've gotten involved with genealogy and the blog because I can help Kristin with the technical aspects. Because of our professional backgrounds, we have a fairly complex computer set-up with multiple platforms (OS X, Windows, and Linux) and networked storage. This is a nice problem to have, but it has led to frustration for Kristin because of fragmented storage. "Where did I put that?" is a lament I've heard more than once. So as part of the do-over, we're re-evaluating tools and reorganizing storage. Oh, and I do get involved in the genealogy. When I travel with Kristin to conferences and libraries, I consult with my eldest sister who is keeper of the Moore Family genealogy on tasks she needs accomplished. My day job is developing technologies and products to bring mathematical optimization techniques to community financial institutions (Moore Software Services, LLC).