I’ve been there…
Searching for Ancestors who don't want to be found and wondering and wondering if building the family tree is even possible.
Frustrated wondering if you are finding everything in the online genealogy databases or where to look next?
Either way you are stuck in your search for the ancestors.
Can’t find a female ancestor’s maiden name or just plain stuck with an ancestor who appears to have simply disappeared?
But, then….. a clue. A new-to-you record collection.
A spark of inspiration. You discover new information about your ancestor and add a new name to your family tree.
These moments are exhilarating, yet seem to come too infrequently. They don’t have to. I know, because I used to get so frustrated at not knowing the next step in my genealogy research. I sharpened my genealogy research skills and now my goal is to help you learn the genealogy research skills to find your ancestors and grow your family tree.
So What's My Story, You Ask?
Hi, I’m Lisa Lisson
I help genealogy researchers who are stuck in their research learn where to search for their ancestors’ records and how to access those records.
I grew up attending family reunions and hearing the family stories and lore. I heard the family stories, but never really listened. I told myself, “One day, I’ll ask about that.” Fast forward to a more recent time when my family’s older generation is no longer with us or their memories are lost to dementia.
Had I lost the chance to learn more about my family’s history and where we came from?
Fortunately, the answer was No! Genealogy research was the answer. I quickly realized researching genealogy was like trying to assemble the world’s biggest jigsaw puzzle….only I had to find the puzzle pieces first before I could put them together!
But where and how could I find information (or puzzle pieces) of my ancestors’ lives?
I began to read and study. I researched how to research my genealogy. I collected oral histories. I researched ancestors at state archives and small rural courthouses. I made mistakes (a lot), but piece by piece I began gathering my puzzle pieces and placing them in our family tree.
I learned strategies for researching traditional and nontraditional record sources and have discovered techniques for finding the location of needed record sources. My family’s stories and history are not lost ( and neither are yours!). The answers to our genealogy questions are there, we just have to know how to find them.
So…..Why Are You My Cousin?
Let’s Work Together