Are You Having Fun Yet?
Family history should be fun. If not, you're doing it wrong.
You want to understand how your DNA matches relate to you and whether you should believe your ethnicity estimates.
You want to climb your family history accurately but not become bogged down in tedious and overly complicated citations.
You want to write a family history that your relatives will actually read, even if you lack the talent of creating writing.
And you would like to do one or more of these things without feeling overwhelmed or beyond bored.
Our Promise to You
We believe that you deserve actionable information, a visual learning experience, and a few laughs along the way. We also believe that accuracy is important in genealogy research, but not at the expense of personal enjoyment and fulfillment.
We promise to show you how to do genealogy step by step.
We promise to simplify the complex so you want to climb your family tree.
We promise to deliver you the best value in online education available.
We promise to encourage you to do that one thing in family history that brings you joy.
And we hope you explore your fun side by laughing at our out-of-the-box videos featuring Phil, Bambi, and Elvina.
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Meet Your Family History Fanatics
Devon Noel Lee
"The Social One"
Devon has been told she has so much energy and passion that it's contagious.
She specializes in practical research, writing, and memory keeping. She has published over 60 books, including a memoir and four family history how-to books, including the popular A Recipe for Writing Family History.
With over 20 years experience in genealogy and 10 years as a journalist, Devon is a high energy speaker and lab instructor at local, state, national genealogy conferences and public libraries.
She’s a Texas Aggie with degrees in Marketing and Journalism. Currently, Devon is a home educator for five superheroes.
Specialty topics: Beginning Genealogy, Digitization, Preservation, Online Genealogy, Brick Wall Busting, Writing Family Histories, Self-publishing, Scrapbooking / Memory Keeping, Census Records, City Directories, Cemetery Research, Applied Genealogy Proof Standard, Roots Magic
"The Nerdy One"
Andy has been called the "Gordon Ramsey of genealogy, without the swearing" for his entertaining lecture style that simplifies the complex.
As a member of Toastmaster’s International, Andy has achieved the status of Competent Communicator and has won several storytelling contests. He has given presentations throughout the US and Canada to professional organizations, university classes, local genealogy societies, family history conferences, and Boy Scout organizations. Andy's topics range beyond genealogy to include engineering, problem-solving, finances, business building and emergency preparedness.
He has authored the comical "How to Fail English With Style." His newest release is "DNA: Q&A."
Specialty Topics: British records, DNA / Understanding Genetics, Beginning Genealogy, Self-publishing Writing, FamilySearch.org, Cool Tools for Genealogy
"The Young One"
Caleb has impressed many genealogy influencers with his knowledge, manners, and confidence.
Caleb stars in, edits, and posts the weekly videos to YouTube for the Family History Fanatics crew. He will occasionally staff a convention book for the Fanatics.
Caleb is a home educated teen who is working on early graduation from college with an emphasis on engineering. He completed the manuscript for a novel during NaNoWriMo. He hopes to follow in his parents' footsteps and attend Texas A&M University.
In addition to climbing his family tree, he enjoys running, swimming, biking, LEGO, and Minecraft. Feel free to ask him about his novel that he's writing. You'll make his day!