My full name is Robbin Moira Therese Smith, a virtual road map to my ancestry.
Moira is Gaelic for Mary or Marie and is a acknowledgement of my Irish heritage.
Therese is to honor my maternal great grandmother, Therese (Hilbert) Schwob who was from Alsace and was a french speaker.
Smith, the most common surname in the United States, is also Irish. My grandfather Smith was my most recent immigrant to the U.S and came from Moynalty, County Meath, Ireland in 1876.
As for my first name? Perhaps my mother was contemplating the arrival of spring when I was born.
I think my name led me to genealogy because I didn’t know much about my family when I first started. Almost 20 years later, I have reconstructed the American and some of the Irish history of my father’s family. I still have brick walls on my mother’s side but continue to pick away at them when I have the chance.
As for my professional career in genealogy, I have been researching for clients for 10 years. My specialty is assembling family history books to present a more complete story of clients’ ancestry.
In these books, I put much more detail about your ancestors – social history, what their residential area was like (including maps if available), and much more.