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 Borders and Lowlands (then 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.
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
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.
Cinda Baxter, Certified Genealogist®
Deed books, Howard County Courthouse
St. Paul, Nebraska
Board Certified Genealogist® (certificate no. 1121), issued by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Washington, D.C.
Academic Professional/Module Facilitator, Boston University:
• Genealogical Research Certificate Program
• Genealogical Principles Course
Virtual Technical Coordinator, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)
Genetic Genealogy Certificates: Genealogical Genetics (Excelsior College); Genetic Genealogical Tools (Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, IGHR); Chromosome Mapping (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, GRIP); All-DNA Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, SLIG).
Methodology Certificates: Practicum in Advanced Genealogical Research (Excelsior College); Mastering Genealogical Documentation (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, GRIP); Advanced Genealogical Methods (Salt Lake City Institute of Genealogy, SLIG); Finding English Ancestors (Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, IGHR); Advanced Research: Land Records (SLIG); Women and Children First (GRIP); Scottish Research: Fundamentals and Beyond (IGHR).
In addition to state, county, and local repositories:
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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