I found Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Historic Pathways thanks to a post by Randy Seaver on Google+. Browsing her articles, I chose one almost randomly—“The Search for Margaret Ball”—and started reading. I was instantly engrossed. The search for Margaret Ball’s origins was quite the mystery, the research enlightening. Of course, I had to go on and read “In Search of ‘Mr. Ball’: An Exercise in Finding Fathers.” It, too, was eye-opening.
That’s the kind of genealogy I want to do—the kind I hope I am capable of. If you get a chance, stop by her website and read some of her articles. You won’t be disappointed.