Joanne Carol Boling Dickinson
In 1982, I moved with my husband from Prince George’s County, MD to Calvert County. We have three children, nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Our modest home includes a 16-year-old cockapoo, a 3-year-old pitbull-shepherd mix, and a 2-year-old Russian Blue cat. Aside from deer and squirrels visiting our yard, we also see moles, mice, stink bugs, camel crickets, and snakes.
A retired professional in marketing research and communications, I have been a leader in incorporating social media and the Internet into our products through innovative processes, procedures, and technologies.
As an autodidact, traveler, explorer, and a lover of challenges, I plan our families’ events, record their stories, identify family cultures and traits, and lead change. The following verse in Deuteronomy 32-7 struck me as fitting for what I am and do: “Remember the days of old; think about the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, and ask your elders, and they will tell you.” When the people were about to enter Israel, Moses reminded them that God had already blessed them numerous times in the past to have faith.
My family’s history is portrayed through the collection, authentication, clarification, recording, and publication of all relevant genealogical information. By sharing stories from my family units, I am able to connect spiritually with my family and honor those who have gone before me.
Readers of my blog know that my articles have become more than just a record of the history of my family. It is my privilege to share with the world our “unbounded” heritage. The articles I write provide a vivid, enlightening, and informative context for the comparison of who, where, and what we were 48 generations ago, to who, where, and what we are now.
Thank you to all the researchers, digitizers, historians, and contributors from all walks of life who have documented and preserved our historical records over the centuries, especially Ancestry.com with its public family trees, the United States Census Bureau, LDS Genealogical Databases, and the Library of Congress, National Archives, and other public libraries that maintain historical data and image collections; and, all sites and materials dedicated to promoting Americans’ heritage and their religious, moral, literary, and social cultures.