Jennifer Shoer

Jennifer is a genealogist and memory keeper in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She has collected and preserved family stories, photos, heirlooms and keepsakes since childhood. Her maternal grandfather put the first camera into her hands at age five and taught her to preserve the memories and events of her life. Listening to the stories of both her grandfather and her paternal grandmother kindled her desire to know more about her family history.

The deaths of her grandmother in 2005 and her grandfather in 2010 precipitated a renewed vigor to discover the truth behind the old family legends. Jennifer began actively performing genealogical research in 2006. In 2009 she completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research. Searching for a way to gain writing experience and to share her findings, she started her eclectic blog, The Scrappy Genealogist.

Jennifer recently founded her genealogy research business, Reconnecting Relatives®, LLC, specializing in reuniting individuals and families with living relatives and with their roots. She focuses on Jewish, New England and immigration research.

Jennifer devotes much of her free time to genealogy education. Education opportunities abound! She enjoys attending several conferences each year, watching podcasts, reading blog articles and studying trade magazines and journals. Other hobbies include photography, scrapbooking and reading.

Jennifer is the author of IDG’s monthly column Ephemeral Heritage. This column will share unique and creative ways to preserve, display and share the fleeting bits of our families’ heritage.

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What is one tip you would give a newbie genealogist? Choose simple over complicated. Use word documents for your research. Every time you sit down at your computer screen to begin to research, open a simple word processing document, write the date and record everything you do; the searches you perform, the websites you visit and what you find or don’t find.

What is your social media tool of choice for genealogy? Facebook is my number one. It has been the most successful method I have used for getting family members involved in learning about their family history. My family groups include members who range in age from 15 to 80+. It is successful because it is attractive to a large age range, connects people in far flung places and gives everyone in the family an opportunity to share. We are able to celebrate our ancestors as well as those who are living today.

What is the most creative way you have shared your ancestor stories? Combining images and stories is my hobby and my priority. I had been scrapbooking for a long time when I decided to combine my love of that medium with my love of genealogical research in my blog, The Scrappy Genealogist. A stand-alone project I created is our Shoer family website, Shaw’s Eggs and Poultry. It is creative because it has drawn collaboration from many family members and has become a shared place for telling stories.

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© 2014 Jennifer Shoer
Jennifer Shoer is a genealogist and memory keeper in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She contributes to The InDepth Genealogist, a digital community that contributes to the advancement of all genealogists. Jennifer created
the monthly column Ephemeral Heritage and contributes regular blog posts about displaying family keepsakes. Jennifer’s personal blog is The Scrappy Genealogist and her genealogy services website is Reconnecting Relatives®, LLC. You can find The In-Depth Genealogist online at This article originally appeared on The In-Depth Genealogist and can be found here. [insert original link]