Our lives take many twists and turns as we travel through time. Some changes result because of re- location, career changes, retirement, family situations, and interests.
When I was a junior and senior in high school. I saw myself in one of two roles—a farmer’s wife or a librarian. Our family, of very modest means, lived in Walpole, New Hampshire, where my twin brother and I graduated with our twenty-five classmates. Early on, It was apparent that I would need to earn my own money for clothing (actually for purchasing fabric as I was taught to sew by the age of ten), or any thing else I needed. Mind you, I’m not complaining about that! Valuable lessons were learned and I’ve always been able to hold my head high. Our little school offered only two years of French, so even if I could find the funds, attending a college to become a librarian was out of the question.
Keene State College was only about twenty-five miles from home and I was able to attend with the help of some scholarships and working part time, some years full time, during each semester, and full-time on holidays. I majored in secondary science and mathematic and became a high school math teacher. When my son was born, I briefly fulfilled one of my dream by working in he Keene Public Library for a little over a year. Although I never earned a master’s degree, following receipt of my B Ed, from Keen State, I matriculated at several colleges and universities including Boston Collage, Cornell University, and Georgia State University.
In 1991, I left teaching to follow a different passion, family and historical research. I worked had learning the records and techniques and became a Certified Genealogical Record Specialist in 1994. That category was taken from service in 2005 and I became a Certified Genealogist. In 1998, I earned the classification of Certified Genealogical Lecturer. The past twenty years have been full of excitement and rewards. However, I’m finding the stress a bit overwhelming in my advanced years, so I believe it is time to move on to other adventures. I will continue to work on my personnel family history, but have ceased accepting client commissions and will not be accepting speaking engagements after June 30th, 2015. More than anything, I’ll miss seeing all of the wonderful genealogists and historians that I’ve met over the years. I hope you will visit me in my humble home in the North Georgia Mountains. In the mean-time, I’ll follow you on FB.
Because of my “new life’s path,” I will no longer post articles on this blog.
I’m looking forward to adventures in photography, quilting, pleasure reading, and spending time with family members.
Life is good!
© Linda Woodward Geiger