I currently do genealogical research for clients and work one-on-one with aspiring genealogists who want to improve their skills. My articles have been published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and I lecture up and down the West Coast.
I entered the field of genealogy after a twenty-year career as a professional writer. My interest in family history began when my daughter grew curious about her father's side of the family. With little information to go on, I set off to discover what I could. Before long, I was hooked.
What started as a hobby became more serious when a woman who was recovering from a devastating family tragedy asked for my help. She hoped that learning more about her ancestors would be healing, and thankfully, it did turn out to be helpful. A second client had always felt rootless, with little sense of his place in the world. Although he was looking for answers to genealogical rather than personal questions, the results touched him deeply and altered his outlook. Each client's journey into the past is personal. Some come to me out of curiosity, or because they need documentation for a project or application, or because they want to give a gift; others come for something deeper. Whatever the reason may be, I always consider it a great privilege to be invited to participate.
My ongoing genealogical training has taken me to various parts of the country for conferences, intensive classes and workshops, and for research. My education has included annual intensive courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh, participation in a Master Genealogical Proof study group, and conferences offered by the National Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.
I've attended innumerable lectures, classes, and regional conferences in the Pacific Northwest and California, and lectured there as well.