Faces of NextGen: Meet Breanne Ballard

Breanne Ballard, 32, Utah

What five words would you use to describe yourself? Genuine, motherly, studious, driven, persistent.

Why genealogy? Genealogy is the perfect combination of intellect and heart. I love history and the “detective work” aspects of genealogy. At the same time, there is something indescribable about the excitement I get and the relationship I feel to these people I find and research.

What’s the coolest discovery you’ve made? Folsom Prison records for my second and third great grandpas, mug shots and all!

What are you working on this week? I found a naturalization record that gave me some great clues to start researching my Lithuanian ancestors.

What’s the number one secret to your success in genealogy? Asking questions and networking. The more people I talk to the more I learn.

What superpower would you want to help you uncover your family history? Time travel.

What are we most likely to find you doing when you’re not researching family history? Being a mom. I’ve got three really cute kiddos that I love to pieces.

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