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​Researchers' List

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​Ancestor Place

Marcia McCartt
16 W. Elm St.
Monroe, Ohio 45050

21 years of experience researching in Western Pennsylvania. I also have experience with Delaware, Maryland, Virginia/WVa., Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana research. My area of expertise lies with researching lineages for various societies: First Families of W.Pa.; Mayflower, DAR & SAR, Charlemagne Society, etc. I regularly attend National Conferences, & webinars and am continually gaining new skills to help with your brick wall research and to overcome various research challenges. I completed over 200 jobs on the former Expert Connect service through and have client feedback in the "testimonials" area of my website that you can view. Client references and recommendations are available upon request. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve you and I look forward to hearing from you!!

Ag. Lab. Ancestry

Mrs. Mary Date
7 Holmes Grove
Henleaze, Bristol, BS94ED
United Kingdom
Tel 0117 9620399 (UK)

Family Histories researched in Bristol, Somerset, Gloucester and Wilts (UK). Full family histories or smaller searches undertaken (civil registration indexes, census, wills, parish register entries). Can provide location photography of houses, churches, headstones, schools, colleges, etc. Family trees can also be drawn from your own research.

Anthracite Genealogy Services

Kate Gibbons
PO Box 4322
Wyoming PA 18644

Pennsylvania research focusing on the historic Northeastern PA anthracite coal region from Scranton to Schuylkill County and beyond. Polish/Slavic ancestry and coal mining industry specialties. Genealogical research ranges from simple document searches to comprehensive family history research, writing and house/industrial property histories. Bachelor’s degree in history; available to research in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Schuylkill county, public libraries, historical and genealogical societies, PHMC archives at Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton. Other travel including Harrisburg facilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Experience researching in regional and state repositories, leading genealogy workshops. Please visit website for details.

​Jane F. Burgess, C.G.

11700 Dinwiddie Drive
Rockville, MD 20852

Specializing in research and problem-solving for ancestors in Maryland, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Virginia as well as other areas. Conducts research at the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., The Family History center (mainly in Kensington, MD), the Maryland State archives in Annapolis, MD, local libraries, historical societies, online at, and various other websites.

Author of numerous journal articles. Honored as a Fellow of the Maryland Genealogical Society (FMGS). Presently, has been a certified association of the Board of Certification of Genealogists for more than 25 years.

Cambria Ancestry

Dianne O'Shea
P.O.Box 7
Johnstown, PA 15907

CAMBRIA COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. I am available to perform research involving Cambria County, PA. I will search census records; Johnstown City directories; Cambria County newspapers; and Johnstown telephone directories. Extremely familiar with local  biographical history books and Johnstown Floods. Performing research since 1986. I teach genealogy classes, receive assignments tracing/locating missing heirs having Cambria County roots, etc. Secretary of local genealogy society since 1987. Visit my website, Cambria Ancestry, or send a SASE for free brochure.

​Sandra L. Carowick, MA

18613 Cooks Rd
Cassville, PA 16623

Historian and educator with over 15 years experience in researching central PA history and genealogy. Specializing in local history and genealogy research (Huntingdon, Bedford, Blair, and Mifflin counties) utilizing resources found in courthouses, historical societies, libraries, and other repositories. Please e-mail or phone to discuss your research requests.

Chester County Archives & Record Services

​601 Westtown Road, Suite 080
West Chester, PA 19380-0990
(610) 344-6760

Repository of county government records. Will search birth and death records (1852-1855, 1893-1907), marriage records (1852-1855, 1885-1930), indexes to wills, administrations and Orphan’s Court proceedings (1714-1923) and naturalization (1798-1989). Many record indexes available on our website. Will photocopy specified documents. Contact us for list of fees.

​Ms. Skip Churchill

98 Applewood Drive
Fairfield, OH 45014-5298
(513) 874-5181

Your westward bound ancestors probably traveled through Ohio – and may have settled here. If so, you are in luck - Cincinnati Public Library has a genealogical collection ranked fifth in the U.S., and holds all censuses, all states, 1790 through 1930. The LDS FHC here is another prime spot to research; I have been a Patron Specialist here for 19 years – although I am not a church member. Am into my 18th year of teaching how-to classes at University of Cincinnati Continuing Ed, class always filled and with a waiting list. Member, NSDAR, First Families of Ohio. If I can help, let me know.

​Bob Fout

1829 Meadowgrove Lane
Frederick, MD 21702
(301) 663-4413

I'm a 30+ year full-time professional genealogist who specializes in YORK, ADAMS AND FRANKLIN Counties, PA as well as FREDERICK, WASHINGTON and CARROLL Counties, MD. Many of my ancestors first settled in southern Pennsylvania before  moving  on  to Maryland. I conduct on-site research at the respective county courthouses, archives and libraries. I'm a volunteer on staff at the Historical Society of Frederick County, MD and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. I provide fast, accurate research results at an affordable rate. Please feel free to contact me by phone, e-mail and/or visit my website.

​Mary Catherine Grobis, MA

2723 O'Day Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46818-9729
(260) 625-3722

Certified professional researcher for 30 years- KY, IN, OH, PA, and all New England states. Will research Federal Census 1790-1930, town and county histories, periodicals, passenger ship lists, military, courthouse and cemetery records, family genealogies, directories, Indian records. Research in the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne,  IN.  The  Genealogy Center is rated as being only second to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT. It's Mid-West and historical-genealogical periodical collection is rated as being better than that  of the Family History Library.

Stephanie Hoover

​P. O. Box 4921
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Services:Pennsylvania genealogy research specialist with collateral expertise in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Will conducts on-site research at county court houses and historical/genealogical societies in addition to state and national repositories.

Justin Kirk Houser

1277 Valley View Road
Bellefonte, PA 16823

I have been researching Central Pennsylvania roots for myself and others for over 14 years and have traveled throughout Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Union Counties. My own personal database contains 253,000+ names of past and present Central Pennsylvania residents, with extensive documentation. I will research in courthouses, libraries, historical societies, and am also available for homestead and cemetery photography, genealogical property research, research and publications consultation.

Suzanne M. Johnston

4733 Centre Avenue, Apt. 3C
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-1724
(412) 996-6009

Researching only Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Research conducted at Carnegie  Library, City-County Building (wills, marriages), County Office Building (deeds), Archives of an Industrial Society, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Over 20 years experience as a professional genealogist in Pittsburgh. Editor of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly. Volunteer at the Catholic Archives & Record Center.

Kline Genealogy & Research Services

Kathleen A. Kline M.S.N., M.S.L.S.
26 Summer Lane
Mechanicsburg PA 17050
(717) 440-1112

Kathleen Kline is a former librarian at the State Library of Pennsylvania, a 2011 graduate of the Boston University Genealogical Certification Program, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Available for genealogy and research projects; with access to the newspaper collection and other records at the State Library of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Archives.

230 N. President Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17603

Library and archive of material relating to the history and biography of Lancaster County. Library of 15,000 volumes, family files, microfilm and large archive collection of original Lancaster County documents. Research services available for genealogy and

Lehigh County Historical Society

432 W. Walnut St.
Allentown, PA 18102
(610) 435-1074

We are a library and archive with an excellent collection of Lehigh Valley history and extensive genealogy holdings. Research services are available for materials in our own collection as well as nearby repositories including courthouses, cemeteries, and more. All research is performed by professional historians with extensive genealogical experience.

​Richard L. Lindberg

122 Halteman Road
Pottstown, PA 19465
(610) 970-0444

I have 25 years of experience as a librarian including 3 years as the genealogy librarian at the State Library of Pennsylvania. My practice focuses on southeastern  Pennsylvania. I  am available to do research in Harrisburg and the counties of Bucks, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia.

Cheryl A. Luecke

​20 Cameron Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090
(215) 659-5477

Genealogical research for the legal community to document kinship in court. General probate research, locate missing beneficiaries and unknown heirs, “quiet” title clearances, adoption searches. 19 years experience. Research in the Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania area. Compiler of “A Philadelphia Primer for the Genealogical Detective”, the companion guidebook for the lecture “Solving the Philadelphia Research Puzzle”. Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical and Historical Societies of Pennsylvania and Montgomery County Historical Society.

​Roberta P. McMullen (Bobbi)

9 Timberline Drive
Quarryville, PA 17566
Tel: (717) 786-8060
Fax: (717) 786-7009

Member Association of Professional Genealogists. Research in southeastern Pennsylvania-Lancaster County, Chester County and all areas of Pennsylvania at PA State Archives and PA State Library. Specialize in all types of lineage papers including DAR, SAR, Dames, DAC, and 1812.

Kevin D. Milus, Milus Historical Research

2812 Mattlyn Court
Raleigh, NC 27613

B.A.; M.R.P. The Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania and Eastern Seaboard Research specialist with experience in the collections of the State Archives & Library, the Pennsylvania State University Library, the National Archives, Library of Congress and the Mormon Family History Library. Specialty areas: Irish, Lithuanian and Roman Catholic research; Residential & Commercial Building History, Cartographic Records, Photographs and Pictures; legislative records. Member Ulster Historical Foundation, Lithuanian Global Genealogical Society. Over 30 years of experience in genealogical and historical research. Research all counties of the Commonwealth with particular expertise in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

​Richard A. Musselman

385 Manor Drive
Nazareth, PA 18064-9680
(610) 759-8378

Richard Musselman provides full-time research and photography assistance for genealogy, local history, and home/property histories in Northampton, Lehigh, Monroe, Carbon, Bucks and surrounding counties in eastern Pennsylvania. He works regularly in local County Courthouses, Historical Societies, Research Libraries and local sites such as the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, PA are visited regularly.

Elizabeth Khan, Research Director
299 South Main Street, Suite 1300
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111
Phone: 801-535-4300
Fax: 801-906-7472

My Genealogist has several full-time researchers who work in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and throughout Pennsylvania getting copies of vital records, cemetery records, land deeds, probate, and other local records of interest. Many of our researchers often work at the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, NARA, Philadelphia City Archives, and the Pennsylvania State Archives. We are also specialists in African-American and immigration research. Please go to our web-site for more details.

​Philadelphia Family Finder

Loretta A. Wallace
2310 Memphis St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 291-5623

Genealogy and records research in Philadelphia and nearby counties. Births, Deaths, Marriages, Census, Naturalizations, City Directories, Wills, Deeds, Cemetery Records & Photos, Obituaries, Newspapers, Ships Passenger Lists, Church Records, Historical & Genealogical Society, Latter Day Saints, House Photos and Histories, Irish-American Catholic Specialist.

​Elissa Scalise Powell, CG

720 Highpoint Drive
Wexford, PA 15090
Phone: (724) 935-6961
Fax: (208) 379-8555

Elissa Scalise Powell, CGSM, a western Pennsylvania researcher, is a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and adheres to their standards and ethics. She is an instructor for the Boston University's Genealogical Research Certificate program; also the Professional Genealogy Course Coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and was co-coordinator of the Accreditation/Certification Survey course at Salt Lake Institute 2010. She is a regional and national speaker on such topics as Pennsylvania records, methodology, professional development, and society management.

She was a Director for the Association of Professional Genealogists for 6 years; co-edited a cemetery book series and appeared on the PBS-TV show "Ancestors 2" in the cemetery episode. You can see her in a video presentation on the BCG website and a video lecture from the 2009 Professional Management Conference. She is a past-President of two societies, taught a beginning genealogy course at a community college for fourteen years and is a contributing author for many publications.

​Richard M. Reese

35 Maple Drive
Etters, PA 17319

With more than ten years o f experience with courthouse  records,  those  of  local historical societies and libraries, the PA State Archives, and information contained at the PA State Library, I am able to provide newspaper look-ups and genealogical research from materials at the nearby PA State Library and PA State Archive. My main  area  of experience is the Anthracite region of Pennsylvania, consisting  of  CARBON, LACKAWANNA, LUZERNE, NORTHUMBERLAND, SCHUYLKILL, SUSQUEHANNA and WYOMING counties; however I am willing to provide newspaper and county record lookups from all counties of the Commonwealth. My primary interests are the  Welsh coal  mining  community, record indexing, and local railroad history. Examples of my work may be viewed on the USGenWeb project for Lackawanna County.

​Mr. Jerry Sherard

​429 South Moore St.
Lakewood, CO 80226-2629

1869-1972 PENNSYLVANIA MINING ACCIDENTS, fatal and non-fatal; can provide date, usually miner’s age, name of mine, and reference source. 1869-1882 eastern PA (anthracite); 1883 through 1940 (nonfatal) and through 1972 (fatal) eastern & western PA (anthracite & bituminous). Over 283,000 Pennsylvania mining accident records. No charge if information requested is minimal, but can provide cost estimate if information requested is sizeable. I have done extensive historical mining accident research throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia.

​Taylor & Hammel LLC

1240 N. Pitt St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 822-4658
Fax: (703) 842-8656

Specialize in federal, state and local records reviews. Will perform broad, due diligence research or collect specific documentation on a range of subjects, including: military, government agency or corporate issues, city directory reviews, regulatory matters, environmental issues, land records, and historical matters. Our staff is well-versed in the various branches of the National Archives, the Library of Congress, state and local archives/libraries, government and military agency archives/libraries, trade associations, and historical societies. Please note, however, that we do not provide genealogical services.

​Marc D Thompson

708 Enfield Rd,
Delray Beach FL 33444
(561) 676-6179

25 years of experience, specializing in North American & Western European as well as African- and Native American.

​Frances Wise Waite

649 South Chubb Drive
Doylestown, PA 18901-5447
(215) 348-5731

Fran will search records and analyze family history from the 1600s to 2000s in Eastern Pennsylvania, with emphasis on BUCKS, CHESTER, LEHIGH, MONTGOMERY, NORTHAMPTON, and early PHILADELPHIA counties. She lives near the New Jersey Archives, and will work on families who were on both sides of the Delaware River. With over 35 years experience in many types of family history related committee and research projects, Fran is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Retired after 25 years as library assistant for the Bucks County Historical Society, she is a full time researcher.

Dennis W. Wible

535 South Second Street
Emmaus, PA 18049
(610) 967-3405

Genealogical researcher for Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties.