Explore your family tree at the senior center | Letter

Dec 24, 2015

Editor, The Beacon:

Over the last two years, I've watched people grow and change and enlighten themselves by learning about their family’s genealogy in my class at the Edmonds Senior Center.

Many have learned to have a great appreciation of what they have found within their own spirits, their family traditions and family traits.

In my beginner’s genealogy class, I start by having students write down the focus of their research. I explain how the genealogical worksheets are used and how to set up their research notebook.

Then, I have them choose one person or family unit to research. I try to make it very simple for them to understand, because genealogy can be complex in many ways.

During this time, the students share stories and explore memories of the family that they had forgotten.

Often the stories as told by their family members do not match the true facts they find as they explore their family tree.

Yes, they've also discovered how human we all are, whether in the world of yesterday and now today.

It has given me great delight to share my abilities and talents with the senior community. Through my experiences with each student, the students, in many ways, have been my teachers, too.

I enjoy every moment of being able to help fulfill their goals of having a better understanding of their families past, as well as learning the history that affected generations before them.

I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and I am certified in American history and genealogy from the University of Washington, class of June 2011. I have a certificate of data entry from Centralia Community College, as well as updated classes in the last 10 years.

I am a member of the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society and a member of the Lineage Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Rose M. H. Mitcham,

Professional genealogist,

Edmonds Senior Center




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