New Mexico Bound

Last month, I stepped down from my role as Vice-Chair of Outreach, originally Co-Chair and Co-Creator, with the NextGen Genealogy Network (NGGN). My decision to leave was not an easy one. Over the past couple of years, I have met and worked with a great deal of incredibly talented people as a direct result of NGGN.  I believe in its mission and am proud to be affiliated with it. But… there’s a problem.

Near Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
Near Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

It is as though, back in 2013, I got in my car bound for New Mexico. Along the way, I met a group of people headed in the same direction, so we decided to travel together. We all ended up in Colorado. Now, Colorado and New Mexico are neighboring states. They have a lot in common and are home to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Colorado is wonderful and I have tried my best to make it home. Yet, I can’t shake the feeling that I belong in New Mexico, not Colorado. So, do I try to forget about New Mexico and stay in Colorado? Or do I get back in my car and head to New Mexico? It’s a scary decision. Colorado may not be home but it is comfortable, and I will always hold its residents in high esteem.  Going to New Mexico is a bit risky. What if I get there and it turns out to be a nightmare? On the other hand, if I never give New Mexico a chance, what happens then?

I have never been one for thwarting a charted course simply for the sake of finding a new one, nor have I been one to the follow the course of others out of fear of what others may say or think. Honestly, I am still working on figuring exactly which road to take, but, I do know that by not giving New Mexico a chance, I’m not giving myself enough of one. Goodbye Colorado, it is time for me to get back in the car.

to be continued

UPDATE: 6/28/2016- The Rogue Genealogist website has launched! To learn about my new group for genealogists please visit: