I’m a genealogist who has just recently become a retiree and full-time RVer. I’m still very much in the transition phase from my former life to my new one. You’ll find more information about my transition in the various blog posts.
Genealogy has been a part of my life for a long time. My father and brother were both also passionate about it, so it was a family affair, beginning in the 1980’s. I have spent my life working in the business world, but about five years ago, I started a part time genealogy business, which I plan to further develop in my retirement years. You can find out more about my business, Begats Genealogy Services, at http://www.begatsgen.com.
I grew up on Long Island, NY, with two younger brothers, a stay-at-home mother, and a father who was a PhD, a professor, and a researcher. At age 16, my parents moved from Long Island to Pennington, New Jersey, where I graduated from high school. I attended college in Wisconsin, and then moved to California. I earned an MBA degree and then a CPA license, married at age 32, had two children, and was divorced by age 42 in 1997. My ex-husband and I had left California and moved to the east coast shortly before we split up. As a single mother with very young children (ages 6 and 2), I took a government job which offered benefits and security. I was thankful to be near my parents and my youngest brother for support.
Life was good until 2003 when my father died, followed by a very brief and miserable second marriage and divorce. In the middle of that, my youngest brother died in 2005 at the age of 44. I then took care of my mother, who was never the same after losing her husband and her son. I had my own issues with recurring pneumonia, and then my other brother, who lived in California, was diagnosed with cancer. I brought him back to the east coast and took care of him until he died in mid-2013. My mother followed in January of 2015. My original family was gone.
This blog is all about my decision process and my adventures from the time my mother died, to the present.