Genetic Genealogy &
Traditional Family History Research

Experience & Expertise

  • Over a decade of experience in solving tough genealogical problems.
  • Expertise in conducting research through genetics, oral interviewing, courthouses, archives, libraries, newspapers, digital records, and repositories in both America and Europe.
  • Licensed and insured private investigator (Missouri PI #2022001095).
  • Adherent of the professional and ethical standards of APG and the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
  • Dues-paying member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, American Historical Association, International Society of Genetic Genealogy, and National Genealogical Society.
  • Master’s degree and doctoral education (ABD) in History, from Washington University in St Louis.
  • Advanced training in paleography at the University of Warwick (Coventry, UK) and in German at the Goethe Institute (Göttingen, Germany).
  • Author of 2000 Questions for Grandparents: Unlocking Your Family’s Hidden History.

Latest Blog Posts

Traditional Genealogical Research

Determining ancestral relationships using historical documents from archives, courthouses, libraries, and digital repositories.

Genetic Genealogy for Adoptees

Analyzing DNA results to ascertain the identity of the biological parents of adoptees or people of unknown parentage.

IGG for Law Enforcement

Using DNA and genealogy to ascertain the identity of human remains, suspected violent offenders, abandoned infants, or kidnappees.


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