About

I am passionate about making information available to people and helping preserve our past.

I earned my Master of Information and Library Science from Kent State University, where I concentrated on digital libraries and digital preservation.

I am the Genealogical Content Manager at Archives.com. What do I do? I manage genealogical content :) I work with collections at various points from pre-acquisition until they go live on the site. I also assist with educational content.

I am a Certified Genealogist, meaning my work has been examined by the Board of Certification for Genealogists. As such, I am bound by their code of ethics.

Publications
Books:

  • Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family’s History and Heritage with the Power of the Internet with Pamela Boyer Porter, CGRS, CGL. National Genealogical Society Guides Series. 310 pp. (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003)

Articles:

  • “Being a Beginner Again.” NGS NewsMagazine volume 29, number 1 (Jan/Feb 2003).
  • “Choosing the Right Camera.” Genealogical Computing volume 26, number 1 (July/Aug/Sept 2006).
  • “Church Records.” NGS NewsMagazine volume 28, number 3 (May/June 2002).
  • “Civil War Records of State Adjutants General.” Heritage Quest volume 16, number 4, number88 (July/Aug 2000).
  • The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System.” Genealogical Computing volume 22, number 4 (Apr/May/June 2003).
  • Cleaning Out Your Digital Shoebox.” Genealogical Computing volume 23, number 2 (Oct/Nov/Dec 2003).
  • Creating Web Pages with Genealogy Software.” Genealogical Computing volume 21, number 4 (Spring 2002).
  • “Deaf School Admission Records.” NGS NewsMagazine volume 27, number 5 (Sept/Oct 2001).
  • “Documentation: Why Bother?” Indiana Genealogist volume 17, number 2 (June 2006).
  • Ethnicity and Our Ancestors’ Records.” Ancestry volume 25 [sic], number 2 (March/April 2006).
  • Finding Civil War Soldiers in Cyberspace.” Genealogical Computing volume 24, number 1 (July/Aug/Sept 2004).
  • Finding Family History on the Internet.” Genealogical Computing volume 22, number 2 (Oct/Nov/Dec 2002).
  • Finding the American Dream: The Family Business.” Ancestry volume 24, number 1 (Jan/Feb 2006).
  • “Genealogical Research on the Internet.” The Hoosier Genealogist volume 44, number 1 (Spring 2004).
  • Genealogical Societies: The Benefits of Membership.” Ancestry volume 18, number 4 (July/August 2000).
  • Here’s How to Document Your Civil War Ancestor: Society of Civil War Families of Indiana.” Indiana Genealogist vol. 16, no. 4 (Dec 2005).
  • “How Long Will Your Data Last?” Genealogical Computing volume 25, number 2 (Oct/Nov/Dec 2005).
  • “Identifying Civil War Soldiers.” NGS NewsMagazine volume 27, number 6 (Nov/Dec 2001).
  • “Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle.” NGS NewsMagazine volume 29, number 2 (Mar/Apr 2003).
  • The Life Span of Compact Discs.” Genealogical Computing volume 19, number 3 (Winter 2000).
  • “Looking Locally for Military Records.” NGS NewsMagazine volume 29, number 4 (July/Aug 2003).
  • Making Good of the Inevitable – Taxes.” Ancestry volume 25, number 2 (March/April 2007).
  • “A New View: Using Timelines in Your Research.” NGS NewsMagazine volume 28, number 5 (Sept/Oct 2002).
  • “Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphans’ Home Ex-Pupils Have Indiana Ties.” Indiana Genealogist vol. 17, no. 1 (March 2006).
  • Online, Statewide Death Record Indexes.” Genealogical Computing volume 20, number 2 (Fall 2000).
  • Opportunities for Online Learning.” Genealogical Computing volume 23, number 4 (Apr/June 2004).
  • Picking up Breadcrumbs.” Ancestry volume 24, number 4 (July/August 2006).
  • A Place in the Country: Living at the County Home.” Ancestry volume 25, number 6 (November/December 2007).
  • Playing the Name Game.” Ancestry volume 24, number 6 (November/December 2006).
  • “Publishing with Genealogical Software.” Genealogical Computing volume21, number 3 (Winter 2002).
  • “Reaping a Harvest from Land Records.” NGS NewsMagazine volume 28, number 1 (Jan/Feb 2002).
  • “Researching Deaf Members of the Family.” New England Ancestors (Spring 2008).
  • “Researching Your Indiana Civil War Ancestors.” Connections volume 46, number 2, 2006.
  • Using Timelines to Re-Evaluate Data.” Genealogical Computing volume 21, number 1 (Summer 2001).
  • “The Virginia Military District.” NGS NewsMagazine volume 28, number 4 (July/Aug 2002).
  • “Vitally Important Vital Records.” NGS NewsMagazine volume 28, number 2 (Mar/Apr 2002).
  • When This You See, Remember Me.” [Using yearbooks.] Ancestry volume 25, number 4 (July/August 2007).
  • “A Wider View of the Census.” NGS NewsMagazine volume 29, number 5 (Sept/Oct 2003).

Awards:

  • First Place, 2003 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Excellence-in-Writing Contest (Category 2: Published Articles and Magazine Articles) for “Finding Family History on the Internet,” published in the Oct/Nov/Dec 2002 issue of Genealogical Computing.
  • Third Place, 2002 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Excellence-in-Writing Contest (Category 3: Original, Unpublished Research Story).
  • Distinguished Service Award, Federation of Genealogical Societies, presented August 1999. For work as Ohio’s state coordinator for the Civil War Soldiers System project.
  • Resolution of Appreciation, The Ohio Genealogical Society, March 1999. For efforts as the state coordinator for the Civil War Soldiers System project.
  • Resolution of Appreciation, The Ohio Genealogical Society, November 1998. For efforts as the first editor of Ohio Civil War Genealogy Journal.

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