Welcome!

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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The Heartland

I’m thrilled to be in Whiteside County, Illinois, camped directly on the Mississippi River.  After years of seeing the local place names on maps and in historical documents about my ancestors, I’m finally actually seeing the landscape here and visiting my ancestors’ graves.  That’s been the case with all the locations I’ve visited, but for … Continue reading The Heartland

Heading West

I’m excited to finally be in Ohio, the farthest west I’ve been since I started this RV trek.  It’s a bit of serendipity that my ancestors settled near Columbus, the state capital, because that’s where all the genealogical goodies are! Several branches of my father’s family converged here in the very early 1800’s.  The Beers … Continue reading Heading West

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