Determined to learn where the first Baxter came from, I began chasing those twitchy little leaves, like everybody else. Before long, visits to the Scottish Lowlands (and later, throughout the U.S. and England) were the norm, rooting through archives, libraries, graveyards, local history societies, courthouses, and any other place that might have even a tiny scrap of our family story. My adoration for research, complexity, and discovery found a new purpose…and it was genealogical research.


You deserve more than shaky leaves, pie charts, and bar graphs.

From traditional "paper trail" investigation to DNA analysis, my formal genealogical education has been built around a desire to help others who crave knowledge about their heritage, while holding myself to the highest possible standards: [1]  


  • • “Family history standards require a higher level of proof than does most litigation."
  • •  “Modern standards for family history also require more precision and rigor than commonly applied in the social sciences."
  • • “Standards of proof for family history are more akin to standards in the hard sciences, where repeated experiments will expose errors."
  • • “Genealogy accepts no margin of error."


Don't be intimidated. Don't be overwhelmed. All you have to do is reach out, and ask for help from someone who knows the ropes.


I look forward to discovering your story.

As a Professional Genealogist, 

I adhere to: 


The Association of Professional Genealogists Code of Ethics


The Board for 

Certification of Genealogists 

Code of Ethics and Standards


The National Genealogical Society’s 

Genealogy Guidelines


The Genetic Genealogy Standards 

as approved by the 

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy


In addition to client work

Deed books, Howard County Courthouse

St. Paul, Nebraska

Academic Professional/Module Facilitator, Boston University:

  • Genealogical Research Certificate Program
  • Genealogical Principles Course

Education and training

  • Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate 
  • Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) Certificate
  • Excelsior College, Genealogical Genetics
  • Excelsior College, Practicum in Advanced Genealogical Research
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Genetic Genealogical Tools Certificate
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Chromosome Mapping Certificate
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Mastering Genealogical Documentation Certificate
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Advanced Genealogical Methods Certificate
  • ProGen Study Group

Research experience

In addition to state, county, and local repositories:

  • The National Archives, Washington D.C.
  • Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
  • DAR Research Library and Seimes Technology Center, Washington D.C.
  • The Newberry Library Manuscript Collection, Chicago
  • The Chicago History Museum Manuscript Collection, Chicago
  • The National Archives, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Regional Scotland archives in The Borders, Hawick, and Dumfrieshire
  • Regional England archives in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Cumberland


  • Association of Professional Genealogists (US)
  • National Genealogical Society (US)
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.., US)
  • Utah Genealogical Association (US)
  • Minnesota Genealogical Society (US)
  • Seattle Genealogical Society (US)
  • Howard County [Nebraska] Historical Society (US) 
  • Society of Genealogists (UK)
  • The Borders Family History Society (Scotland)
  • Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society (Scotland)
  • Cumbria Family History Society (England)
  • Nottinghamshire Family History Society (England)

Headstones lining the walkway to the church

St. Helen’s, Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, England

1 Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Third Edition (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2015), sect. 1.5, p. 18-19.

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