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A personal message from Michael Tormey

“Sometimes, I think I have a sense of how Clark Kent lived. By day, I live the life of a mild-mannered financial advisor. And by night, I live the life of a super sleuther — as I dawn my cape and fly from one promising clue to another, being careful to avoid the dreaded cryptonite that inevitably litters old records and historical databases.

Yes, I know… I’ve taken liberty in my description of what many others consider boring… archives, cemeteries, historical research, genealogy… (“Yuck!” right?)

Well, perhaps not. After all, YOU are here and reading my blog. And YOU are anything but boring!

All kidding aside, the truth is, I do enjoy my research. It gives me great satisfaction to piece together the puzzle of my ancestors’ past and to discover the legacy that waits beneath every obscured clue.

So, while I might be a number crunching financial professional by day, by night I am a trained historian (yes, I do have a degree in history and I have 33 years experience with genealogy, historical research and historical writing).

Over the years, as I have shared some of what I have learned about my family’s past, many have asked me for advice on how they can research and document their own family’s story. It is for people like this that I’ve decided to create this blog. My goal is not to offer a complete guide to the process of genealogy (as plenty of those already exist). Rather, my intention is to present a different perspective to the process — one that focuses on the underlying concept of discovering and preserving a family’s unique character, or what I call its “legacy”. Be forewarned, however, that, like any opinionated author, I will also challenge many of the methods and”bad habits” (what I jokingly refer to as “cryptonite” above) that I commonly see in the world of genealogy today. I apologize in advance to any of those who may feel maligned in this process.

I welcome your questions and comments. And yes, if you have any suggested topics that you would like me to address, I’d love to hear those as well!

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. patriciarodrigues #

    Hi! Do you know of or come across any online genealogy research tools for Portugal? I’ve tried My Heritage and Ancestry but they seem to limited to USA and UK. Thanks.

    May 8, 2013
  2. Hi, Patricia.

    I have to believe that there are a number of online resources that are in Portuguese; but I don’t have any first-hand experience working with them.

    You might want to take a look at the following websites:

    Hope that helps!


    May 8, 2013
  3. patriciarodrigues #

    Thanks! I think there’s a lot to keep me going for a while 🙂

    May 10, 2013

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