Genealogy Consulting Services
Quite a few years ago, I started trying to learn how to do family history / genealogy research. I had taken many classes on it, but it still did not click. Many of the things I was taught probably applied to many people, but it did not apply to me very much at all. One day, rather out of the blue, a ray of light came to me and I very quickly was guided and learned. I was able to find some very unusual ways of finding families. I say very unusual because nobody ever physically taught them to me and I was told some things were impossible. I believe that I had to learn a whole "new" way so that I could teach others in the same boat.
I have served at the largest Family History Center in the world for many years now. It is located on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Relatively recently, it had a status change and is now the second Family History Library in the world. This is an exciting time. I frequently teach family history / genealogy class there as well as in my slightly closer tri-stake Family History Center. I have been a guest teacher to a couple of 7th grade classes at a private academy as well as taught at a couple of family history fairs.
Along with my teaching of family history, I have written some papers of various subjects including current standards and where to find certain records. Actually, I have written several others that are mostly intended for handouts in the classes.
As one that has been involved with computers for quite a long time, I wrote my first utility that interacted with the PAF database in the mid-1980s. It allowed me to do things that I could not do otherwise (okay, I could do it on paper). Since that time, I have written several other programs to help me with my research and ultimately others. I understand how the PAF database is organized, how PAF works, the format of GEDCOM files, and many other databases & utilities. I have written applications for both the Windows and Palm operating systems. I also have PAF running in the Linux operating system.
I have also been a beta tester for many different family history software. I am very familiar with FamilySearch and FamilySearch Indexing. To me, the most important applications that I have beta tested is the "new FamilySearch". I understand where this is going as well as many other things associated with it. However, I will not talk about things that have not been made public due to non-disclosure agreements. It is very exciting to say the least. I am serving in the World-Wide Support team.
My family all immigrated from the Southwestern part of Eastern Europe between 1880 and 1912. The area includes modern day, Ukriane, Austria, somewhere in Bohemia, Czech Republic, and Hungary. About one-half went to Cleveland directly and the other half went to New York first. From a religious point of view according to records that I have found, they were 3/4 Jewish and 1/4 Catholic.
If you would like help in any of the following areas, we should discuss it:
- Research in the United States of America
- Jewish and Catholic research
- Denmark and the British Isles. I do not have family from these areas, just have learned about these areas while helping others. They are relatively easy areas.
- Database cleanup according to the latest standards
- Family History Library microfilm lookups
- Lookups in various on-line services (subscription or not)
- Computer problems
- Custom software
- Custom websites