Root Pursuit is a company dedicated to finding the best resources for family historians and genealogists: professional or amateur. At Root Pursuit, you will be able to find information for beginners and also tips regarding software to help research the dark recesses of the interweb. There will be a page dedicated to the latest news in the industry, and information about the release of online databases. There’s more than you can imagine, so look around and discover for yourself. Root Pursuit is managed by Kelly E Lee.


Kelly E Lee

I am excited about the future of Root Pursuit and the opportunity to utilize my technological wizardry, business, and analytical acumen to help make this website successful. Albeit strange to some, I delight in research, spreadsheets, general geekery, strategy, and information gathering. Any kind of organizing has a tendency to make me giddy. In my early years, my unquenchable desire to learn manifested itself into insatiable book reading, but I have since converted to a fanatical internet reader, as well as a book reader. In my spare time- I enjoy arts and crafts, painting, and photography. I have also dabbled in freelance writing and I am a genealogist with a certificate from the University of Wisconsin. I have worked as a Paralegal, Librarian, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, and a Computer Technician.

I am currently planted in Wisconsin with my two extraordinary biological creations Hale and Braden. Without any bias or prejudice, my children are beautiful and smart inside and out. My husband Eric is a spectacular accomplice in fun; his sense of humor and unwavering support keep me on track.

I have two tiny dogs Sally Brown – a Chihuahua who actually lets strangers hold her, but will still give you the ‘Chihuahua snarl’ when irritated, especially if you are holding car keys, and Josie – a mystery breed with perhaps some Chihuahua or rat terrier who is easy going, but thinks she smells by licking the air–perhaps she has a bit of snake mixed in there, too.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Information Science & Technology and a graduate certificate in Instructional Design & Technology.

My love for genealogy began with my father, who also spent countless hours in libraries searching for the dead. For everyone else who loves genealogy and the mystery, and the detective-like work – you know what I am talking about. The scariest genealogy moment – feeling like you have found everything there is to find on your ancestors! But no, that is just silly, the search goes on!

Kelly has recently started a blog called Digberry called Digberry. Check it out!



Oh, Genealogy!

The road to discovering family history can be filled with revelations, mysteries, or revealing secrets, although sometimes dead ends (pun intended) are the result.

The motivation to continue researching is driven by the idea that one more shred of a clue, a tiny snip of information, will be enough of a clue to find another tiny snip of information, and so on. The idea that eventually – all the pieces and clues will fit together and a biographical image will emerge. The eventual goal is to gather enough pieces of our ancestor’s information to put together a short story about who the person was and how they fit into society. Successful ancestors give us the opportunity to justify a wonderful butterfly effect that made us into who we are today, if not so successful, then –at least – we know who to blame. Some family researchers are set on finding out all of the wonderful, positive aspects of their research and family history while ignoring any information that ruins the pretty picture of their family history. Still, others happily embrace information that documents any ugly discoveries along with the good facts and the simply mediocre facts.

Each person, throughout their lives, leaves a unique paper trail, coloring their lives with major events such as births, death, marriages, encounters with the law or court system, or identify an association with property, money, or religious entities. Leaving personality and beliefs to the imagination, often researchers are left with the job of assuming that the person felt sad when their spouse passed away or that they believed in the church they attended. Personal stories told or written by living relatives can be a useful resource and enlighten family history researchers about some more personal facts about our ancestors.

A great researcher will have the skills to sort out the details in family narratives and personal stories utilizing them as clues to other family research but never taking them as pure fact. As most personal stories are wrought with faulty perceptions, misinformation, outright lies, and bias – they should be used as tools, as supporting documents, but taking these stories ‘as gospel’ will illustrate poor logic and incorrect family histories. DNA tests and studies give us the opportunity to confirm or contradict the answers obtained through research, and sometimes give clues in reference to our paper trail roadblocks. As each generation multiplies, so does the potential for information and stories that have yet to be retold. A family history roadblock may not be such a big deal if there are plenty of other paths and ancestors to research.

Most researchers enjoy the journey to finding information as much as learning about their family history; it’s the mystery and detective work that are innate to family history research that provides the greatest appeal.