I am a retired analyst, program director, and division chief. The 28 years I spent in government service provided the underlying skills of research, organization, and complex coordination of multiple elements to arrive at a solution. The foundations I gained added to my quest for knowledge making me a good genealogist.
I was about twelve years old when my great aunts and uncles began telling me stories about our family. They told me it was my responsibility to pass the stories on to the younger cousins and generations. A few years later, I spent summer days with my aunts researching our ancestors at the county library. They taught me to transcribe and cite sources.
Education, family life, and a career put a dent in my family history efforts. Once I retired, I became educated in proper genealogical research and methodologies. I worked on my paternal and maternal family genealogies. I documented information from the family stories and wrote family stories.
I lead special interest groups (SIGs), classes, and programs on such things as Beginning Genealogy, Church Records, Building Timelines, Understanding DNA, Using Census Records, the Puritans, and Vital Records. I have spent 7 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Arizona Genealogy Society and currently serve as their President.
My specialties are American Records, organization of genealogical information, writing family stories, creating family history books, photographic scanning and correction, and providing programs on multiple genealogy/family history subjects.
National Institute of Genealogical Studies
Certificate in Genealogical Research
Army War College
Strategic Studies, MS
George Mason University
Earth Studies, MS
National Genealogical Society
Southern Arizona Genealogical Society
Pima County Genealogical Society
Utah Genealogical Society
Southern California Genealogy Society
Trumbull County (Ohio) Genealogy Society