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L. Bruce AllenGenealogical research solutions, problem-solving, NC and OH research.
Jason BordeauxI specialize in breaking down NC genealogical brick walls, and writing a concise yet detailed family history of the brick wall in question. I am a NC native with deep roots in Bladen, Robeson, Columbus, Cumberland, Sampson, Duplin, Brunswick, and New Hanover counties. I have over 25 years of research experience.
Crystal BurtonResearch in North Carolina and Virginia, medical genealogy.
Linda Cooper
Michele Doyle
Patricia S. Dwiggins
Anita Finger-SmithCherokee lineage research, tribal enrollment eligibility and immigration records; lecturer. Authorized by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Cathy FinnieGenealogical researcher specializing in central and western North Carolina. Interests and experience with genetic genealogy (DNA), Civil War, Revolutionary War, solving research problems, writing. Attended IGHR 2016, Boston University's Genealogical Research Program (OL 22). Currently preparing portfolio for board certification.
Jeffrey L. Haines (CG)Certified Genealogist specializing in problem solving and compilation in the Carolinas and British West Indies. Association of Professional Genealogists past president. Member of Society of Genealogists (London). Graduate of National Genealogical Society's American Genealogy course and Samford University's Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (Advanced Methodology & Professional Tracks). Conducts on-site research in the Southeastern United States, Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. Current research focuses on the families of 17th Century South Carolina and their European and West Indian origins. Articles published in National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and Board for Certification of Genealogists' OnBoard. Current editor of the Journal of the NCGS.
Sharon B. HamnerBS and MEd from U. of Georgia; MEd from U of Virginia. Professional genealogist since 1976. Attended Samford U. IGHR. Member: APG, NGS, VGS.
Melanie D. Holtz (CG)Genealogical researcher specializing in 18th-20th century Italian research, particularly experienced in southern Italy and Sicily. I am skilled in finding those hard to find immigration records and Italian towns of origin. Owner and sole writer for the blog "Finding Our Italian Roots."

Director on the Board of APG. Vice-President and Director of Programs for the NC APG. Additional memberships in the National Genealogical Society, Italian Genealogical Group and Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. Currently managing a project abstracting the indexes to the civil records of two Italian towns, Polizzi Generosa and Isnello.
Jordan JonesB.A. in Honors in English, Cal State, Northridge; M.A. in English (Creative Writing), UC Davis. Jordan Jones is an editor, publisher, and software development manager, as well as a published author of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and works in translation from the French. He has been a genealogist since 1973, has edited and published books and magazines since 1987, and has designed and published websites since 1995. He is working on becoming a certified genealogist. Technology Columnist: NGS Magazine. Past President: NGS. Former Board Member: NCGS. Member: APG, NCGS, and NSGS (Nebraska). Life Member: CGS (California), VGS (Virginia), and NGS. Attended: NGS (2007-2016), IGHR (2008-2011, 2013) and NIGR (2009). Speaker at NGS 2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2017. Currently not accepting clients.
Helen F. M. Leary (CG Emeritus, FASG, FNGS)Ms. Leary is a professional genealogist with more than thirty years' experience and a featured speaker at NGS, FCS and state conferences. She is a past-president of the BCG; a former trustee of the APG; and editor of and contributing author to North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History (2nd edition, 1996) and contributing author to Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians (2000). Leary has received numerous awards for her service to the genealogical community, including the NGS Award of Merit in 1987, the North Carolina Genealogical Society's Award for Exceptional Service in 1987 and 1998, the BCG Outstanding Service Award (2002), the APG Graham T. Smallwood Award (2003), and the IGHR's Outstanding Alumni Award in 1996. Currently not accepting clients.
Lisa LissonResearch, compiler, problem solver.
Terry Moore (CG)B.S. (Medical Technology) University of Kentucky; researcher since 1978 and professionally since 1996. Genealogy coursework from Brigham Young University, graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research and Samford University's Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research in Advanced Methodology, volunteer at the Raleigh, North Carolina Family History Center. Member: APG, NGS, NCGS.
Janeth Lazore MurphyNative American, American, Canadian and British research; records of the Civil War, Native Americans in the Civil War.
Kimberly T. PowellFull family genealogies, across multiple geographic regions. Areas of greatest expertise include eastern NC (Edgecombe, Pitt, Wilson, Beaufort, Bertie, Chowan, Martin, Tyrell), SC, and southeastern PA.
Diane L. RichardM.E. and M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; researcher since 1987. Ready access to NC State Archive & Library, Wake County NC Resources, FHC, and other RTP-area local libraries & archives (UNC-CH, Duke, ECU etc). Access also to the Library of Virginia (LVA) and all DC repositories (NARA, LOC, etc). Author on Internet genealogy topics, Upfront with NGS blog editor and assistant editor for NCGS Journal. Member: APG, NGS, NCGS, WCGS. Experience researching NC families and non-NC families Coast-to-Coast of the US, UK (England, Scotland & Wales), Finland, Galicia/Poland, Russia, France, Canada and other emigrant or geographically dispersed families.
Constance T. Shotts (Ed.D., CG)Graduate of Indiana University, B.S., M.S., Ed.D.; postdoctoral work at University of California and University of Virginia.
Ginger R. SmithSpeaker, DNA, Adoption, North Carolina Research
Emily SparkmanNative North Carolinian with roots four centuries deep in Virginia and the Carolinas. More than 20 years of genealogical research experience, plus a background in historical linguistics.
Dave Strausfeld
Lori Thornton (MLS)Research in NC, TN and MS, church records, writing and editing, DNA, lecturer.
Victoria P. YoungB.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. Member APG, NGS, North Carolina Genealogical Society. Attend national and regional educational seminars on genealogy annually. Client research performed weekly at the North Carolina State Archives. Have working knowledge of multiple county courthouses within North Carolina, and have experience in successfully obtaining a wide variety of genealogical documents utilized for client research. Lineage application specialist.

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