Random Thoughts of a Disordered Mind


Anne & BarbieI am a retired law librarian who moved from New England to Texas in 2016 to live with and care for my elderly father. Life has changed completely and sometimes it’s still hard to adjust to a different pace, different lifestyle, having someone around all the time – and the heat. I work part time as a church secretary, play Mah Jongg, and enjoy living closer to family.

When I started this blog ten years ago, it mostly focused on weight and body issues. I decided to keep those old posts still up because they represent who I was at the time they were written – and an uncomfortably large number of them still apply. I’m still working on being healthy and will probably post about it.

But I’m also a genealogist and will be writing about that, too. I started researching my family in 1970 when I was just sixteen years old, back in the pre-Internet days. I learned my skills by hit or miss, by asking questions of experience people in libraries using huge hand-cranked microfilm reels. I was fortunate to get a job in the Genealogy Department at the Texas State Library when I was in library school, starting the week that the original Roots was on TV. Talk about trial by fire!

I am a member of the National Genealogical Society, East Texas Genealogical Society and hold certificates from the Boston University Genealogical Research Program and the Excelsior College Genetic Genealogy Program. I’ve used FamilyTreeMaker as my genealogy database of choice but am currently re-evaluating and considering a move to RootsMagic instead, with a goal of rechecking and verifying sources and citations.