I provide genealogical and historical research services and have been doing so professionally for about 20 years.
My grandmother got me hooked on working on our family tree nearly 40 years ago and it changed the course of my life. It guided my education and I received my Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology) from the University of Manitoba and have completed my Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies through St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto.
In addition to studying history, I've also studied records management and adult education and have worked in both of those fields. I was a business unit record coordinator for the City of Calgary and have taught college adult education courses in using computers for business for Red River College in Winnipeg.
I love to get more people involved in learning about their families’ histories. After getting her best friend hooked on her family tree, the two of them took a trip to England where their families came from. They traced her friend’s Suffolk lineage back to her multi-great grandfather and found his will. They also visited the graves of many of her ancestors in the local cemetery. Goosebumps! When asked how the trip affected her, Patty had this to say,
Words come to mind more than a statement. First word, “connected”. Recognition of being connected to a history, a timeline, a country, that I came from “good stuff”. Next word “reverent”. I was touching the same paper he did. Ran my fingers across the signature written by his pen, his hand. They became alive in the moment as I thought of them, reviewed the evidence they existed. They were not forgotten to time. [It] was little Clement’s grave that affected me the most deeply. He was a complete unknown to his living family and, not to sound over important, you and I brought him back to life, recognized his existence.
I have an excellent education and 20 years of professional experience working in history and genealogy.
I am an expert in database design, development and management.
I have managed large collections of resources including supervising a project that held the record for the largest document collection gathered for civil litigation in Canadian History. Then I worked on the file that took over that record.
Whatever you need, from start to finish in your research project, I can provide the help you need to work on it with confidence and efficiency. This could be organizing your collections, providing research guidance and services, or creating presentation materials.· Research, data collection and reporting· Organization and preservation of existing materials· Document archiving and storage· Hard copy/PowerPoint/Electronic Presentations· Digital or paper scrapbook albums· Family Trees (ancestral charts, family group sheets, etc)· Look-up services in genealogical or other resourcesOur services have been used in genealogical research, historical research and litigation. Clients include individuals and government organizations.
My experience lends itself to helping on a variety of projects for companies and for individuals.
I am currently focused on sharing my passion for and knowledge of genealogy and history through a variety of methods in order to get your project of to a great start.
As I do love a good database, I am also available to consult on database design and implementation.
My service includes a comprehensive consult to identify your project goals and to determine the best route to accomplish your goals.
Planning is a key element to each of my projects and that's where we begin.
I like to mentor my clients through the research process and provide materials for them to continue to achieve their goals.
I am very good at what I do. I've had a lot of experience in researching a variety of historic topics, including family histories and that includes learning where to go looking for the information that helps put a story together.
My focus is on collaborating with the client whether you are an individual or an organization. I'm a team player and have enjoyed mentoring junior researchers to aid in everyone's success.