Your Researcher

BA with Departmental Honors in History, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
JD with focus on Family Law and Mediation, Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana

My publications:
A Saturnalia of Pillage and Violence: Five Newspapers’ Accounts of the 1863 New York City Draft Riots (Winner of the William M. Locke Prize in American History, Indiana University)

A Case of Walk: The Indianapolis Street Car Strike and Police Mutiny of 1913 (Honors thesis in History, Indiana University)

I have been teaching small classes and individual students best evidence and best practices in Genealogy in a variety of languages at my local LDS Family History Center, at their homes, and wherever there’s wi-fi since 2015.

I have over 35 years’ research in genealogy and family history using manual and computerized methods for multiple families and clients. My folklore training, history and law degrees, strong intuition, a love of puzzles and a sleuth’s compulsiveness help me to discover trends, outcomes, relations and events that others might overlook.

I work with Ancestry, FamilySearch, Newspapers.com and other online resources; local libraries, historical societies and genealogical organizations; Federal record depositories and libraries; and distant family members of my clients to locate records ranging from vital records (birth, marriage, death) and military records (draft registrations, service records, pension records) to photographs, letters, diaries and other first- and second-hand reports to assemble accurate depictions of ancestral lives.

In 2015, I began working in Reparational Genealogy. I use records, DNA and my clients’ own research efforts to help African-Americans fill in names where the records end and the mysteries begin. I connect them with diaspora-related resources and groups. They, in turn, find cousins in Africa and, if they wish, European-American cousins as well.

I would be thrilled to find all of the exciting surprises, small and large, that await you in your family history.

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