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Hi, I’m Chris!  If you’re interested in traveling, the RV life, life transitions, or genealogy, you will no doubt find something here of interest to you.   I’m a 61 year old single female retiree who is extremely passionate about genealogy.  I began living full time in a 26 foot Coachmen Freelander Motorhome in late August, 2016.  To get the whole story, read about me below, and then start in the “Pre-Retirement” category of the blog.

My mother died at the beginning of February 2015, and that was pretty much the milestone which ended a long chapter of my life in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  My father and two younger brothers had all passed away previously, so I became an orphan.  My 25 year old daughter had moved 3,000 miles away eight years prior, and my 20 year old son was in college about a four hour drive away.  I was living on a property with two houses; my mother had lived in the cottage behind the main house.  With everyone gone, I was living there alone, and it was clear to me that it was time to sell the house and move on.

The big question was – move on to what?  And move where?  The pre-retirement section of this blog goes into the decision process over the year and a half it took for my house to sell.

I ultimately decided to live in an RV and retire from my full time job, so that I could travel to all the places where my ancestors lived, attend genealogy conferences around the country, build my genealogy business, and do my personal genealogical research to my heart’s content.  I will eventually buy a house and settle down again somewhere, but for now, this is exactly the right life for me.  I hope you enjoy reading about it!

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Second Cousins

For the month of June, I’m staying in the Pittsburgh area, where my mother grew up and where her family settled in the 19th century.   They were all coal miners from South Wales and Northumberland, England. The list of people I’m researching is ridiculously long with many collateral branches, and I’m starting to feel a … Continue reading Second Cousins

Medical Stuff

People often ask me how I manage my medical care on the road:  how do I get my prescriptions refilled, what do I do for health insurance, what happens when I need to see a doctor?  I’m very fortunate to be a generally healthy person at the moment, which makes all of this much easier.  … Continue reading Medical Stuff

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