Paula Hinkel

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Industry Business Services
Occupation Genealogist / Family Historian
Location Sherman Oaks, LA County, California, United States
Introduction I remember writing my dad's obituary. I sat on the floor, cross-legged, with a blank page from a steno book. Birth and death dates - check. Mother, father, family - check. Employment - check. Church membership - check. Service time and place - check. And that was all. The "regular package" obituary rules in 1984 wouldn't allow us to mention his granddaughter's name, even though she was the light of his life. I remember sobbing because that final summary of his life was so lacking in detail, in celebrating his life. It was at that moment that I made a silent promise to celebrate the lives of those who came before me, and to help others discover their family histories.
Interests Family, genealogy, photography, reading, movies, 60s and 70s music, Downton Abbey
Favorite Movies Gone with the Wind, Thelma and Louise
Favorite Music Crosby, Stills and Nash, Simon and Garfunkel, Eagles, Moody Blues, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Pink Floyd, Led Zep
Favorite Books Curious George, Trixie Belden, Annie's Ghosts, All the President's Men, The Wright Brothers. Not all at the same time of my life.