My name is Ellen Thompson-Jennings, and I’m the self-proclaimed Family History Hound.
As a teen, I interviewed my great-grandmother, asking her questions I’d found in a book. I worked on my genealogy for a time, but then children came along, and life got busy, so I put the answers she gave in a cardboard box that I kept for over 40 years. Then 20+ years ago, I decided; I can do this; I have the time. That’s when this journey started. Through family history, I’ve discovered numerous cousins; I’ve learned who my ancestors were and, in some cases, why they did the things they did.
Along the way, I started my store, Shop the Hound, where I like to showcase tools for genealogy and DNA and some of the fun things I think you’ll like. I also offer my services through my store, and you can see the services I provide HERE. Or, if you like, you can book time with me to discuss your project through my Calendar.
After my family, I have three passions: genealogy, genetic genealogy, and photos.
I discovered genetic genealogy in 2010. Since then I’ve tested each of my parents as well as their siblings. If their siblings were no longer alive I then tested my cousins. I’ve tested at all the DNA companies and I’ve trained with DNA leaders in the genetic genealogy field. Although I’m not an expert, I believe my deep dive into the subject and my love of genealogy will help others with their own quest.
I also believe a byproduct of genealogy is family photos, I have my own, but I have received many from cousins and inheriting my parent’s collection. So I’ve learned how to sort, organize, and share my photos, and I can help you.
If you need help either in the way of genetic genealogy or photo organizing, be sure to check out my “Work with the Hound” tab.
I hope you’ll follow my blog and my journey, and in doing so, this will help you learn about genealogy, genetic genealogy, and how to preserve your photos.
Check out my latest adventure… I published the Genie Journal which is available at my store, Shop the Hound, and on Amazon.
What is a Genie Journal? It’s a journal where you can record the story of your ancestors and the Story of You – The Star™. But it’s not just a journal it contains tips from genealogists and DNA experts from around the globe as well as writing prompts to help you tell your ancestor’s story.
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You can also find us on Facebook at Hound on the Hunt.
On Instagram as familyhisthound
On Twitter as @familyhisthound
Youtube as Ellen Thompson-Jennings
If you’d like to organize your photos, you may want to join my Facebook group called Getting My Poop In A Group.
Hound on the Hunt has been selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 100 Genealogy Blogs on the web.
Note: From time to time, I provide links to products and/or services that I believe may be of interest to my readership. In some cases, the links are affiliate links to products and services that I fully endorse. A portion of the monies earned from the affiliate marketing is donated to the Alzheimer’s Society and fund The DNA Angel Project™.
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Hello Ellen, This is Coralyn from Gold Canyon here sheltering in Minnesota. I would like to chat as I am having some problems figuring out the family tree maker and ancestry sites. Could you email me and I can ask my questions. Thanks. We sent in our spit tests. Hope that they don’t find the corona virus in them!!!!
Please email me directly at email@example.com I’ve tried twice to send to your email and it keeps bouncing back. Great to hear from you.
Hi Ellen, It was fun meeting you at RootsTech last week.
It was great meeting you too
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You may want to correct the DNA Deals for 23andMe. You have it as $50 off and it’s $20 off.
In Canada it’s a $50 savings. We only can purchase the $249 kit.. no $99 genealogy kits for us. 🙁 $20 off for U.S.