I have a BBA in Accounting from UT Austin and a CPA license, but genealogy is my true calling. I have 25+ years' experience researching families in the American South and the northeastern U.S. and I enjoy researching clients' families as much as researching my own. I speak, read, and write Spanish fluently as a result of living for four years in Argentina, attending college there for two of those years. I also studied French for seven years and lived in Dresden, Germany for a year. After completing a GenProof study course, I graduated from a ProGen study group in 2018 and plan to work to become certified by the BCG. I live in Travis County, Texas, and am located within an hour of the following Texas county courthouses: Bastrop, Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Hays, and Travis, where I can do onsite research. I am also close to the Texas State Library and Archives, the Austin History Center, the Texas General Land Office, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and other libraries on the UT Austin campus.
Genealogical research, document retrieval, translation (from Spanish), document transcription, cemetery lookups.
At IGHR in Georgia, I completed courses on Intermediate Genealogy led by Angela Packer McGhie , Advanced Genealogy led by Judy G. Russell, and New York Research led by Karen Mauer Jones.
At TIGR in Texas I completed courses on Texas research and Advanced Southern Research Strategies by Mark Lowe.
I attended classes at FGS conferences in 2004 and 2016.
I have also enjoyed attending classes at the TXGS conferences, and at many one day seminars given by many outstanding national speakers.
I am a retired CPA. I changed my major several times, attending universities in California, Argentina and Texas. I stopped after earning a BBA in accounting at the University of Texas.
I started out researching my own family in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. Then I branched out to other families in the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
For client work I research any state, but especially Texas.
I also enjoy researching Mexican records.
Since retirement, I have attended two TIGR institutes and 3 IGHR institutes.
My specialty is urban research.
Our Doss Family: Descendants of Joel Doss and Mary (Penny) Doss Through the Sixth Generation is a book about the Doss family in the southern U.S.Our Doss family includes many other families, but primarily the Penny, Crump, Clements, Goodnight, Stephens, and Jobe families. The descendants of Joel Doss and his wife Mary Penny experienced wars, epidemics, natural disasters, accidents, recessions and depressions, and even murder. These stories tell of our family in the American Revolution, the Civil War, where they migrated, what occupations they followed, and which churches and community organizations they joined and supported. All facts, based on historical records and newspaper accounts, are fully cited according to genealogy's best practices. The book has an every name index.
Our Bruguier Family: Descendants & Ancestors of Francis Bruguier of Newark, N.J.: Carl Ernst August Franz von Bruguier, part of a Franco-German family of minor nobility of soldiers and government officials, left that life behind and came alone to America in 1862. After serving in the American Civil War as a hospital steward, he opened several drug stores in Newark, New Jersey as Francis Bruguier. This family history book tells the story of his life and background, starting with his grandparents and continuing down to his great grandchildren in the mid twentieth century. Includes vintage photographs, vital records, sources and index.
Both books are available on Amazon.