Katie Andrews Potter

Katie Andrews Potter Photo Credit: Benjamin Potter

Katie Andrews Potter Photo Credit: Benjamin Potter

Katie Andrews Potter grew up in Carmel, Indiana and as a teenager grew interested in her family history. She discovered she is a ninth generation Hoosier on both sides, as is her husband, so she is particularly interested in Indiana history and genealogy.

Katie earned her BS in Elementary Education from IUPUI. She has done graduate work in History and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has worked in Special Education and ABA Therapy, but now devotes all her time to her family, homeschooling her children, serving children in her community, and of course, writing. She is the author of the young adult historical fiction series, The Wayfaring Sisters, set in present and pioneer Indiana. The first two books, Going over Home and Going over Jordan, are available on Amazon and she is working on the third book, Wayfaring. She has also started a blog and website called Storybook Ancestor, dedicated to encouraging children to explore their family and local history and write the stories they find there. She writes about history and genealogy children’s books and lesson ideas for The In-Depth Genealogist. You can connect with her on social media and also at www.storybookancestor.org.

She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband, Ben, and their two children, Eliana and Micah, along with a zoo of pets.

Go In-Depth with Katie:

What is one tip you would give to a newbie genealogist?
Start with what YOU know. You’re an important part of your family, after all, and your memories are important, too. Who have you heard about over the years? Then go to your closest family members and ask about those people, and ask them who and what they remember. You’d be surprised at how far back you can go with living memories.

What is your favorite funniest ancestor story?
My grandpa told me a story of his grandmother, Alma Bruns Lutz. She was a feisty woman with quite a sense of humor. Apparently, nearly every time she would hang her clothes out on the line to dry, her neighbor would come out and start burning trash. She had asked her to stop doing that because her clothes would always end up smelling but her neighbor didn’t listen. So one day she called her over to the fence for a “chat”. Instead, when her neighbor came over, she stuck a running hose down her shirt and told her one more time to stop burning trash while her laundry was out on the line! I guess that did the trick!

What is your favorite blog post from your personal website?  
I would have to say it is about one of my biggest “brick walls”, about my direct maternal line and my 4th great-grandmother, Winnie Walsh. You can find the blog here: http://www.goinoverhome.blogspot.com/2015/01/mystery-monday-winnie-walsh.html My direct maternal line is solely in Indiana and Ireland, and is full of secrets and mystery. My great-grandmother’s sister is still living but even she doesn’t know much about it there are so many things that have been kept under wraps. As a genealogist, this has really driven me crazy. I’ve dug and dug and dug and have made some headway, as described in this blog, but...well, you can read it and if you have any insight or tips, please let me know!

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Katie Andrews Potter is a 9th generation Hoosier and has been researching her family history since she was 16. She has a degree in Elementary Education, has done graduate work in History, and is currently pursuing a certificate in Genealogical Studies from NIGS. She is the author of the young adult historical fiction series The Wayfaring Sisters, and the creator of Storybook Ancestor. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Ben, and their two children, Eliana and Micah.

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