Well, "renowned" is an adjective I'll have to spend the rest of my life trying to earn, but I have indeed signed on as Ancestry.com's Chief Family Historian.
I think this is an incredible time to be a genealogist -- especially with the twin revolutions of the Internet and DNA -- and I feel privileged to be a part of all this. Just about everything I do for a living would have been inconceivable a decade ago, so I count my lucky stars every day that I was born at the right time!
I don't know how many of you all remember "Horton Hears a Who!" (which is being made into a movie incidentally). Remember all the whos of Whoville? "We are here. We are here! WE ARE HERE!"
Well, that's the way I feel about genealogy. There are millions of us -- all pursuing one of the most popular hobbies on the planet -- but you hear relatively little about us. In my new role as Ancestry.com's CFH, I'm hoping to have the opportunity to let folks know that WE ARE HERE! Wish me luck!