More Changes for the IDG Leadership Team

May seems to bring changes every year. Spring is in full bloom. Gardens are being planted. Students around the country are graduating and moving on to new adventures. The same holds true for family historians. We plan new research trips and family reunions. We update our blogs and websites with new designs and features. It’s the time of year so many of us get the itch to try new things after fabulous learning opportunities at conferences. We learn, grow, and challenge ourselves with new experiences – just like the IDG leadership team did at the 2013 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference last week.

The In-Depth Genealogist has been such an important part of my family history journey. From the earliest days of a handful of friends writing articles for a newsletter over at Corn and Cotton Genealogy to the resource you know today, IDG has been first and foremost a labor of love for me. It has grown and evolved over the last year into something that still leaves me awestruck. We strived to be a place where all genealogists felt welcome when others may focus on dividing the community into labels such as “hobbyist” or “professional.” I think we’ve done a pretty good job so far! It has grown from a small group to a large family, and I love it.

However, as with all journeys, sometimes we notice that the path in front of us is heading in a different direction than we expected. I’ve been blessed over the last year to not only work with a great team growing The In-Depth Genealogist but to also grow my business, Corn and Cotton Genealogy. The time has come that I need to pour myself full time into my business. Starting this month, I’ll be stepping down as the Creative Director for IDG. Don’t think you’ve heard the last of me though! In addition to writing more guides in the Legacy Family Tree Quick Guide series, you’ll still see me writing articles for sites such as and Homeschool Mosaics. I’m also working on a fun new project specially designed for those interested in learning how family history can be used to excite our children and extend their learning opportunities. (You’ll hear more about that in the coming months!) And, I’ll also be writing for the IDG blog and Going In-Depth each month! In fact, you’ll probably notice me more, because I will no longer be focused on the day-to-day operations of The In-Depth Genealogist, as I’ll have less responsibility “behind the scenes.” I am so very excited about the possibilities that lay ahead of me, and I hope you will be, too. IDG will never be far from my heart or mind.

If you’d like to stay connected with me personally, I encourage you to reach out to me on social media! I spend a lot of time there for myself, as well as clients, and I’d love to connect with you, too!

You can find me on:

Twitter: @cornandcotton

Facebook: Corn and Cotton Genealogy

Pinterest: Corn and Cotton Genealogy

I’ll see you down the road!


About Stephanie Pitcher Fishman

Stephanie Pitcher Fishman is a freelance writer and genealogical researcher specializing in Midwestern and Southeastern United States family history, specifically within Ohio and Georgia. Stephanie also provides social media support for companies and organizations within the genealogy community. You can learn more about her services and publications at Corn and Cotton Genealogy (

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