Joanne Carol Boling Dickinson
Born and raised in Prince George’s County, MD, I emigrated to Calvert County 26 years ago with my husband, Bob. We have three wonderful chihuahuas, many birds, and squirrels, and occasional visits from moles, mice, stink bugs, camel crickets, and snakes. I am a mother of three, grandmother of 9, great-grandmother of 6, and a retired business communications professional. I apply leading-edge technologies, procedures, processes, social media, and other techniques in my studies and communications.
I am by nature autodidactic; a traveler, explorer, and embracer of any and all challenges along my life’s path; I am our families’ event planner, storyteller, and historian; recorder of the past and present; identifier of family cultures and traits, treasurer of traditions, and as a dichotomy to this list–a catalyst for change. This morning I came upon a Bible passage that seems fitting to why I am who I am and do what I do: Deuteronomy 32-7: “Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.” This was Moses reminding the people who were about to travel into Israel to have faith by remembering that God had blessed them many times in the past. And so, as I delve into my family’s history to learn about and better understand my people’s history, this passage deeply resonated with me.
My Mission: To collect, authenticate, clarify, preserve, and publish all relevant genealogical information to give my family an accurate accounting of its past; to honor those who came before us out of reverence and respect; to remember loved ones who have passed on, and to spiritually ground me through a greater sense of ancestral identity and history.
To all my regular readers, you know that my blog has become so much more than the stories and histories of my family. It truly is about Our “unbounded” Heritage. Meaning, that these posts cover a vast array of enlightening, informative, and unbridled themes and content intended to help us better define who, where, and what we are today as a result of who, where, and what we were across the centuries.
I wish to thank all those researchers, digitizers, historians, and contributors from all walks of life who have documented and preserved our histories that go back centuries; especially Ancestry.com for their public family trees, the U.S. Census Bureau and Ancestry.com’s historical facts resources sites, the Latter Day Saints Genealogy Databases, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, all other libraries who maintain historic data and image collections; and, all web sites and materials from others dedicated to promoting Americans’ heritage and religious, moral, literary, and social cultures.