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 worthy 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 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 family stories and created family history books.
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 spent 12 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Arizona Genealogy Society, helping guide the growth of the society.
My specialties are American Records, organization of genealogical information, writing family stories, creating family history books, and providing programs on multiple genealogy/family history subjects.
National Institute of Genealogical Studies
Certificates in American Studies, Methodology, and Librarianship
Certificate in Genealogical Research
Army War College
Strategic Studies, MS
George Mason University
Earth Studies, MS
National Genealogical Society
Southern Arizona Genealogy Society
Pima County (AZ) Genealogical Society
Ohio Genealogical Society
Utah Genealogical Society
Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania