Knowing the past helps us to understand the present. My research into my ancestors and the random strangers I meet in the pages of century-old newspapers has taught me that though our clothing and hairstyles and even our language may differ from generation to generation and place to place, the human psyche has changed little in the last few centuries, and not much more in the last few millennia. This consistency of the mind and the heart has helped me understand my family and friends.
Let me help you find your family's past and in so doing find your own present.
Mary Kircher Roddy, CG®, grew up in San Rafael, California. She earned a Bachelor degree in Liberal Studies from The University of California, Riverside in 1982 and a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 1984. She earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington in 2005. She was credentialed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in 2019, Certificate No. 1113.*
Mary became interested in genealogy in 2000 in anticipation of a sabbatical in Ireland where her husband was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Limerick. She was sure she would complete all her Irish genealogy while her husband taught at UL and her children attended Monaleen school. Fifteen years later, the genealogy is still a work in progress. But the trip to Ireland awakened something deep in her Celtic bloodlines, the Irish tradition of the Seanachi, the storytellers and historians of yore.
Mary has published articles in Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy. She's currently working on a novel set in the San Francisco area in 1900 and 1901, based on stories of several of her ancestors and their associates which she discovered in her genealogical research.
Mary frequently lectures around the Seattle area. Her husband's most recent sabbatical brought them to Sydney, Australia and while he taught at the University of Western Sydney, Mary spent her time swapping research strategies and methodologies with the genealogists at the Botany Bay Family History Society.
She is a member of the Seattle Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society.
* Certified Genealogist (CG) is a service mark (sm) of the board for Certification of Genealogists® conferred to associates who consistently meet ethical and competency standards in accord with peer-reviewed evaluations every five years.
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