About

I have been researching my own and others’ family histories for over 20 years. I am an expert in Irish, German & English immigration, as well as research in Colonial New England, Maryland, Upstate New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. I specialize in finding a family’s “black sheep” and also pinpointing the exact plots of land in Ireland farmed by our ancestors in the 1850s & 1860s.

I have discovered the following:

  • Previously unknown Mayflower ancestors
  • Two Puritan witches, both of them tried for witchcraft and acquitted
  • A female American spy for the British during the Revolution
  • A soldier who died at Valley Forge
  • Civil War soldiers with questionable service records
  • Slaves and slave holders
  • Indentured servants
  • Mixed-race children of couples who were unable to marry in the era of miscegenation
  • A bigamy conviction with a sentence of one year in jail
  • A man who “jumped bail” on a charge of “getting a woman with child, he not being her husband”
  • Prison records
  • Previously unknown divorces
  • Underage marriages
  • “Shotgun” marriages
  • Out-of-wedlock births
  • Bankruptcies
  • Deaths of unknown spouses & children
  • The exact plots of land farmed by Irish ancestors in Ireland in the 1850s & 1860s

I have a B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science (1985) from S.U.N.Y. at Fredonia, and a J.D. (1991) from the University of Virginia School of Law. I worked in government relations for 25 years, 15 of them running my own consulting firm. I am a member of the Virginia State Bar and I serve on the Board of the Fairfax Genealogical Society, where I also serve as the editor of the award-winning newsletter.