About Me

© 2014 Andrea Reese

Photograph by Andrea Reese, © 2014

Deborah Sweeney is a genealogist with 20 years of research experience.  In 2012, she finally made the decision to do something about her addiction and  jumped into the professional genealogical pool headfirst.

Born and bred in Massachusetts, Deborah descends from at least half of the Mayflower passengers through the line of her maternal grandmother. Luckily, her grandmother liked to travel which is how she met her husband, an Indiana native, in Malaysia.

Certificate holder from Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate Program (Spring 2013/Online 11). Currently enrolled in ProGen 21 with an expected completion date of February 2015.

She is currently in the process of writing three books:
Alfred M. Dicks of Crawford County, Illinois
Dear Mother, Love Daddy (the first volume of World War II letters)
David Jegerlehner: A Swiss Immigrant and his descendants

When not writing her blog or books, she can be found on Facebook at:

Memberships & Affiliations:

New England Historic Genealogical Society


National Genealogical Society NGS member_pin

Find A Grave contributor and volunteer since 2009

Find A Grave

Blogging Awards:





30 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      You are very welcome. This has been one of my goals for a long time. It just took me a while to get motivated AND to find the right platform for sharing. I just need to get more actual family members interested!

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      Thank you Su! That means a lot to me. Once I am done with my Boston University coursework in another 6 weeks, I will get around to posting all the awards I’ve been nominated for. :)

      1. Su Leslie

        Good luck with your coursework. I finished studying last year, and am still revelling in all the extra time I have.

  1. Dan

    Very exciting to see my Grandmother and Grandfather mentioned in the letters you posted multiple times. Clarice and Bob Hufty from Kentland, Indiana. My father is John R. Hufty, their youngest son. Their oldest son, Lowell (Bud), was killed along with Bob in an auto accident while driving up to Chicago in their ambulance. They were hit head on by a Grey Hound Bus. Clarice lived a long active life up to age 98. I miss her dearly.

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      Welcome Dan! My grandparents wrote a lot about the Hufty’s in the letters. Do you have any photographs of your grandparents that you would be willing to share with me?
      Please feel free to add anymore information about your grandparents that you would like to share. Or you can email me privately – genealogylady [at] comcast.net

    2. Janet Burge Schuh

      Your Dad and family lived “across” the alley from my family in Kentland.Later , I lived in Columbus,IN where your Dad may still live.My Dad used to bring Clarice and Gretchen Wilson to Columbus since they all had “kids” there.mom and Dad would take both ladies to their Families..Janet Burge Schuh

  2. Rosanna Ward

    I have also been researching genealogy for over 20 years and would like to take it further…how do you make that step? I live in Oklahoma. Should I be joining some societies?

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I have been a member of the NEHGS society for years since I have New England roots. This year, I have joined several societies including the Indiana Genealogical Society and NGS (National Genealogical Society). There are many ways to get “learning” in the field. I am currently taking Boston University’s genealogical certificate program. NGS offers some self motivated classes and programs. There is also ProGen which is a study group which bases its classes on Elizabeth Shown Mills’ book Professional Genealogy. I am doing all of my learning from home/online so it is possible from Oklahoma. :)

  3. Stephen


    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award.
    I have been following your blog for sometime and always enjoy reading your posts.

    To accept this award, there are some rules you have to follow:
    1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog.
    2. Share seven things about yourself.
    3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!).
    4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award

    Congratulations! I have posted my nominations at



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