Joanne Carol Boling Dickinson
Born and raised in Prince George’s County, MD, my husband, Bob and I emigrated to Calvert County, MD 28 years ago. We have a wonderful 14-year-old long-haired chihuahua and a lively 6-month old silver pitbull-shepherd mix, and many visiting birds, squirrels,moles, mice, stink bugs, camel crickets, and snakes on our 3/4-acre property. Bob and I are the parents of three, grandparents of 9, great-grandparents of 9.
I retired as a business research and communications professional in 2011, and was known for always applying leading-edge technologies, procedures, processes, social media, and other techniques in my research and communications projects.
I am by nature autodidactic; a traveler, explorer, and embracer of any and all challenges along my life’s path; I am our families’ event planner, storyteller, and historian; recorder of the past and present; identifier of family cultures and traits, treasurer of traditions, and as a dichotomy to this list–a catalyst for change. The following Bible passage seems fitting to why I am who I am and do what I do: Deuteronomy 32-7: “Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.” This was Moses reminding the people who were about to travel into Israel to have faith by remembering that God had blessed them many times in the past. And so, as I delve into my family’s history to learn about and better understand my people’s history.
My Mission: To collect, authenticate, clarify, preserve, and publish all relevant genealogical information to give my family an accurate accounting of its past; to honor those who came before us out of reverence and respect; to remember loved ones who have passed on, to share stories of living family units that helped make us who we are today, and to spiritually ground me with my family–living and past.
To all my regular readers, you know that my blog has become so much more than the stories and histories of my family. It truly is about Our “unbounded” Heritage. Meaning, that these posts cover a vast array of enlightening, informative, and unbridled themes and content intended to help us better define who, where, and what we are today as a result of who, where, and what we were across 48 generations.
I wish to thank all those researchers, digitizers, historians, and contributors from all walks of life who have documented and preserved our histories that go back centuries; especially Ancestry.com for their public family trees, the U.S. Census Bureau and Ancestry.com’s historical facts resources sites, the Latter Day Saints Genealogy Databases, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, all other libraries who maintain historic data and image collections; and, all web sites and materials from others dedicated to promoting Americans’ heritage and religious, moral, literary, and social cultures.