About Me

Hi there, I'm Jenna and I am Desperately Seeking Surnames and the families behind them.

After losing my parents in 2001 my ancestral quest began. While reviewing their documents, questions started to pile up, who was this, who was that, etc. Ultimately, I decided I would try to get the answers to these questions and find my ancestors. I have been working my way back in time ever since.

Genealogy has turned into a life-long hobby that I'm very passionate about. While I've no plans to become a professional researcher, I do enjoy volunteering with several organizations to surround myself with the entire business of genealogy.

I am currently the Education Director and Awards Committee Chair for the Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA).
With over seventeen years' experience in marketing and operations for a national healthcare company, I have a strong background in business and marketing strategy. Sharing my knowledge of small business and marketing strategies and tactics, allows me to segue from my professional life into my personal interests.

In 2013 I founded the Facebook Group The Genealogist's Marketing Sourcebook. Join either of these communities as we share resources for improving marketing activities, broadening marketing channels and fine-tuning current strategies and tactics.


I have autosomal DNA tests with Ancestry, Family Tree DNA and GedMatch. If you have questions or insights into any of my surnames I would love to hear from you. Email me: seekingsurnames at gmail.com.