Thank you for visiting
Almost Home. My name is Laura. As a
military spouse, the word “home”encompasses many
different things for me. Home can mean Chicagoland,
the place where I grew up and where the majority of
my family still resides, or it can mean whatever duty
station Uncle Sam assigns us. Over the past ten years,
I have been privileged enough to feel at home in Hawaii,
Georgia, Italy and Utah. Yet, through the amazing world
of genealogy I have discovered other homes as well--my
ancestral homes. I have sat on the stone fence that
surrounded the thatched-roof cottage where my
great-grandfather grew up in Ballinrobe, Ireland. I have
looked out across Ireland’s Clew Bay from the tiny island
of Inishcuttle, the home my great-grandmother left
behind when she immigrated to Chicago; and I have
strolled the streets of Racalmuto, Sicily, imagining my
great-grandmother walking those same streets as a young
woman. In each of these instances, a part of me felt like I
I have a Master’s degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism and a Bachelor’s Degree in History Education.
GENEALOGY RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Most of my research has been in 19th – 20th Century Chicago, Utah, Irish and Italian Records.
PHYSICAL REPOSITORIES WHERE I HAVE CONDUCTED RESEARCH
Family History Library
Chicago Historical Society
Cook County Court House
Daughters of Utah Pioneers
Air Force Historical Research Agency
National Library of Ireland
Municipio, Campofelice, Sicilia
And MORE. . .
Chicago Genealogical Society
National Genealogical Society
Association of Professional Genealogists
I am working towards earning a Certified Genealogist credential through the Board of Certification for Genealogists. Though I possess a great deal of education in related fields, I consider myself a life-long learner and would LOVE to receive more formal genealogical education in pursuit of this goal. I have my sights set on Boston University's Genealogical Research Program as well as other educational opportunities available in the Salt Lake area. In the mean time, I am listening to multiple genealogy-related podcasts or webinars each week and working my way through the most peer recommended textbooks in the genealogy field. If you have used my DIY genealogy advice service and would like to make a monetary donation to my education fund, you may do so here, with my thanks.
These experiences and the process involved in discovering my roots have impacted me such that I want to use what I have learned to help others “find their way home” as well. I have 7+ years experience researching my family history, and make weekly visits to the Family History Library here in Salt Lake City. Please take a look at my services page to find out more about how I can help you on your journey.
Thank you again and I wish you all the luck in the world on your journey “home.”