To introduce myself: I'm Dorothy Landoll and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists
MEMBER LINEAGE SOCIETIES
Daughters of the Republic of Texas
United Daughters of the Confederacy
Daughters of American Revolution
Colonial Dames of the XVII Century
Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims
National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons
Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States
Descendants of William the Conqueror
I'm President of the Board of Governors for our historic Hornsby Cemetery. I'm Registrar and Historian for our Reuben Hornsby DRT Chapter located in Austin. I'm the Annual Proceedings Committee Chairman for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
I researched ancestor information for the BBC show "Who Do You Think You Are" as well as located current relatives living on the family land for the subject of the show.
I've been researching genealogy since 1965. I've published three family history books (two for our DRT chapter) and researched several hundred family trees for others over the years. I worked for many years for an attorney and understand the need for confidentiality and proof.
These records tell us where our ancestors lived, something about how they made their living and how successful they were, who their children were and where they are buried. Not all records are available for all ancestors. Some were never filed and some were in courthouses that burned.
Having a family tree helps us understand how the different family members fit, what branch they're on and the stories they can tell. It helps understand the past and where we fit in that history.