About Us

Who are young and savvy genealogists?

Young and savvy genealogists include anyone under the age of thirty who want to discover the names and stories of their ancestors. But whether you're young in body or simply young at heart, there's a place for you in our community!

They may be beginners or experts. They may be able to navigate the archives with their eyes closed, or still say, "What the heck is that?" when they see a microfilm machine. They may be able to decipher old cursive with the same flair a garbled text message, or may be trying to figure out which way is up on a census record.

Regardless of where you are in your research, we want to hear from you. Submit your story, read about ours, or hear about other young and savvy genealogists who are busy making the genealogical community better than we found it!

What is our purpose?

We want to connect with young and savvy genealogists from all around the world, and be the community we've always wanted to be a part of. We're here to support each other in our research, to offer the best tips and tricks that make us young and savvy, and to help you with your research.

If you've always wanted to connect with others with the same passion for solving family mysteries, you've come to the right place!

Who are we?

Heather Collins

My name is Heather, I'm 26 years old, and I'm a Maryland native now living in Idaho. Growing up in one of the Thirteen Colonies, history was in the air I breathed. Because I personally knew two of my great grandmothers and many in the older generations of my family, I was groomed from an early age to be a family historian. I was going to cemeteries before I could walk. I've always been fascinated by photo albums, old buildings, and museums. After I did my first interview with my grandmother at 13 and hand-wrote my first pedigree chart in my journal, my fascination with genealogy blossomed into a lifelong passion.

My heritage reaches deep into history of the American South in southwestern Virginia, North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. The majority of my ancestors were original settlers to the New World. I specialize in Civil War and Confederate research. My heritage also includes African and Caribbean Canadians in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The blood of Barbados and the British West Indies also runs through my veins.

I was baptized at 16 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At 21, I served a mission in the Brasil São Paulo Interlagos mission, and am fluent in Portuguese. I married the love of my life, who loves genealogy as much as I do.

I love Shakespeare plays, crochet, Audrey Hepburn movies, classic rock from the 70s, and Netflix.

Caitlin Gow

I'm Caitie! I'm 25 and live in Brisbane, Australia. I caught the genealogy bug on the 8th of July, 2009 when I was 18. I'm half Australian and half American. My Australian side of the family were mostly from Perthshire, Scotland. My ancestors who immigrated to Australia all settled in New South Wales between 1823 and 1886. My American ancestors are predominantly from the Southern States -Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolina's. My maternal Grandmother was adopted so I do not know where that side of the family is from.

I graduated from Griffith University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. I love that criminology and genealogy both use detective skills. They fit well together don't you think? I would like to start my career in the government - legislation, policies, research etc. However, I'd love to combine criminology and genealogy as a career in the future.

I'm an avid reader and I love history, blogging (I've had some sort of a blog since 2005!), GIFs, YouTube and crime shows.