About Jen

Jen and her nephew spending some quality time together

Jen and her nephew spending some quality time together

So you want to know more about me?  Oy vay it’s hard to talk about yourself!  Have you ever tried to write a bio that really encapsulates your personality and your mad skillz?  Definitely is not easy, but I’m going to give it a shot.  Here goes…

I was born very young.

I have a complicated family with my parents divorced when I was under 5 years old.  I have half siblings and a step brother as a result.  I’ve got a bonus mom, step-grandparents, and lots of extended family.  It gets a bit hairy when I try to describe my family tree, but it’s mine and I love them all!

I moved around a lot as a kid being taken care of by grandparents, moving from Indiana to Ohio and all around. Somehow I managed to adapt and make new friends each time.  I was a theater geek, avid reader, and early adopter of computers.  Thanks to my dad’s Commodore 64, I had a great time writing short programs and games.  I took dance, oil painting, and ceramic classes.  I dabbled in a lot of things and still do.

College led me to a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and eventually a career as a Traffic Engineer.  It’s a job that challenges me and has taught me many things.  There aren’t many computer programs that stump me longer than a few hours… I know computer drafting with AutoCAD and Microstation.  I rock with Microsoft Word, Access, Publisher, and Excel. Recently I have become pretty adept at many aspects of online and on-demand publishing.  I have now edited and published 46 issues of the magazine, Going In-Depth, with my business partners at The In-Depth Genealogist. I’ve used Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Microsoft Publisher to create the magazines and books we have published. In 2015, I served in the role of associate editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM magazine. Currently I am Newsletter Editor for the Indiana Genealogical Society. In case you haven’t guessed… I like to be BUSY!

In my free time I spend a lot of time hanging with my hubby, two corgis, two cats, and two fish tanks.  It’s a bit of a zoo at my house, but I love ’em!  I have many hobbies that occupy my time: genealogy, reading, embroidery, painting, photography, and gardening.  I love Big Bang Theory and even have a Mini Cooper named Sheldon. I love Legos. The Wizard of Oz is my all time favorite movie and I have a growing collection of figures. I love Doctor Who.  If you’d like to get to know me feel free to find me on your favorite social media platform!




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