About Discovery Bay Genealogy Research


I am a writer by trade and a family detective by choice. I'm a fourth-generation Californian but have lived in Boston; New Haven; Washington, DC; Des Moines; West Yellowstone; and the Seattle area, as well as Wellington, New Zealand; Damascus, Syria; and Islamabad, Pakistan. I served in the US Navy for three years as an Intelligence Specialist. I'm mostly Irish (father's mother and mother's father!), but also Scottish, English, German, French, and a few other bits. I am not taking clients right now.


Genealogy education:

  • Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research, Course OL24

  • Professional Genealogy (ProGen) Course 38

  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, 2019, 2021

  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), 2018, 2020

  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, 2020

  • Personal research and continuing education, 30 years

  • "On the clock" at BCG

Formal education:

  • Stanford University, BA in Journalism and Political Science

  • Harvard University, Masters of Education

  • Western United States

  • Immigration and naturalization

  • Early colonial America

  • Revolutionary War

  • Civil War

  • California Gold Rush

  • Irish Americans

  • German Americans

  • Early pioneers

  • Military

  • National Archives records

  • Lineage society applications

Discovery Bay Genealogy Research

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