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by Diana L. Smith

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About the Author

Diana L. Smith started her first genealogy project at age 11 (she won't say how long ago that was, but has been married to hubby Gary for 28 years). They share their love of genealogy, which means that consumes as much of their free time as they can spare. However, living relatives and her gainful employment as Customer Service Team Leader and E-Business Coordinator for a major global primary metal producer, plus two cats who run the household do demand some time.

Diana is on the staff of the Golden Gate Genealogy Forum, assisting with the GFNewsletter, and occasionally substitute hosting a chat session. She also has a monthly internet column "Pilgrims, Pioneers and Aliens" and writes for the Journal of Online Genealogy and Genealogical Computing (and anybody else who will publish her jottings). She also enjoys speaking to genealogical societies (including the Ohio Genealogical Conference in Cincinnati on 7 April 2000) and teaching genealogy. Diana & Gary are also lay librarians at the local LDS Family History Center in Westlake, Ohio.

To date, she has traced her Danish line well back in to Denmark (thanks to a research trip in 1998), several lines back to the Mayflower, and is on the verge of finding her BARNHOUSE link (which she has "psychic vibes" will lead to Jamestown-era Virginia).

Her primary areas of research have been Midwest, Colonial New England, and Denmark so far. When she set the objective of getting all her lines "back to the water", she knew her paternal grandmother was born in Denmark, believed one set of her maternal reat-grandparents were both born in Wales, had one line believed to be French and expected mid-1800s German farmers for the rest .... what a shock to find that only the Danish connection was true. The others are MUCH earlier than expected (the Germans seem to have come in the mid-1700s, the rest in the 1600s). The "French" line appears to have been Huguenot refugees in the 1400s to England, where they stayed until the 1630s.

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