June 2019: Please note that I have discontinued my genealogy business for now. For a list of other Raleigh-area professional genealogists, see the NC APG website.

It is a pleasure to assist clients with their family history investigations. I enjoy the detective work of genealogy, the research and writing, and helping clients achieve their family history goals. Along with a B.A. in history from Princeton University, I have completed an 18-month part-time program for training professional genealogists (a ProGen Study Group). A lawyer by background, my career includes more than 20 years of experience writing full-time for publications, mainly law-related ones. My home is in Durham, North Carolina. I belong to the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.

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Family History Writing Awards

First Place, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition, Category 5 (Unpublished Material by Published Authors), for “Gus Cloepfil and His Migration Westward” (PDF)

Third Place, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition, same category as above, for “Hudie Streisfeld and Her Life in the Austro-Hungarian Empire” (PDF)


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—Brittany, Texas

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—Suzi, New Jersey

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—Dottie, New York

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—Sally (a fellow professional genealogist), West Virginia

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—Laura, New York

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—Linda, Texas

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—Chris, Texas