Presentations Offered

“Loretto Heights service camp World War I, Denver, Colorado,” [1917-1918]. Image Courtesy of the Denver Public Library – Western History and Genealogy Department – Digital Collections Catalogue; Call Number: GB-7544; Photonegative, glass plate; Photographer: George Lytle Beam, 1868-1935, CONTENTdm number: 32228, ( ).


Is your club looking for a presentation on genealogy? I provide presentations for local clubs and societies. I strive to peak your interest in genealogy by providing the following:
    • Instruction
    • Guidance
    • Useful sources
    • Entertainment
I can customize a presentation to your preferences and needs, or you can choose from below:

Forensic Genealogy: The New Frontier

Forensic genealogy is a new buzz-word these days. But what exactly is forensic genealogy? How is it applied? Is it effective? This talk will address these questions and provide some real-world examples. Hold on to your hats because what you learn will open Pandora’s Box!



Misbegotten: The Illicit Path to My Patriot

Can lineage to a patriot of the American Revolution be traced down a maternal line of misbegotten children? It can, and I did. Join me and I will share an incredible story in which illegitimacy is a family tradition!

Genealogy and Dual Citizenship

The United States liaisons with several countries to allow dual citizenship such as Ireland, England, and Scotland. Not all countries offer dual citizenship.
  • What exactly is dual citizenship?
  • What are the benefits?
  • Do all countries offer dual citizenship?
  • How does one go about obtaining dual citizenship?
  • How much does it cost? How long does it take?
Join me as we answer these questions and many more.

Grandmother’s Secrets

Her photo has always had its place in a silver frame on the black grand piano in our home. She wears an organza silk blouse embroidered with roses and a mysterious winged creature. A cameo is pinned where the drape of the collar meets the button-down front.  She is elegant and beautiful as she looks down demurely towards left her hand, perhaps contemplating her wedding ring? Join me as we traverse the scant and conflicting data available on her life and the information we can glean from it.

Tales From the Life of a Professional Genealogist

Truth is often stranger than fiction. In this talk, I will present seven different stories collected during my time as a professional genealogist. One story is not true. Can you figure out which one it is? In each story, I will share with you information on genealogical research methods and resources. If you are not careful, you will learn something and may even get bitten by the genealogy bug!

What’s a Professional Genealogist?

Many people have never hired a professional genealogist. But the demand is increasing as more and more people find elusive family members in their own research or just need help getting started. Or maybe you would love to know your family history but just don’t have time to invest. In this talk I cover things you should consider before, during, and after hiring a professional genealogist.
  • Do I need one?
  • How do I find one?
  • What should I expect?
  • How do I ensure I am treated fairly?
Relax! It’s easy and fun!