I was born and raised in Binghamton, New York. The house pictured in the upper right corner of the home page was my home for the first 18 years of my life. The house was situated on the corner of Conklin Avenue and Mary Street, on the south side of the city, near the Susquehanna River. The house was built circa 1856-57 on lot 6 of “Cox Place.” The first owner was a Darwin Felter, who was a millwright. He later became the Superintendent of the Water Works. The house was owned by his children until it was sold to Alexander S. Wiliamson in 1928. My parents purchased the property in 1936. My father was a physician. His office was located in the rear third of the building. My father also owned lot 8 (situated behind the house), which had a two-story, three stall barn facing Mary Street. The entire property encompassed about an acre of land, which was unusual for that part of the city. The house and barn were torn down in 1955 to make way for a new bridge to connect the South Side to downtown Binghamton, on the north side of the Susquehanna River. If you want to read more about the house, visit my blog.
My college major was Chemistry. I have been an educator for most of my life, starting in the sciences. I became interested in family history many years ago when my parents gave me what they knew about their family trees. I spent many years researching and verifying or correcting that information using scientific methodology. During the past several years, I have been teaching adults how to find their ancestors through presentations to genealogical societies and through classes and worskhops.
My education in Genealogy has been through attendance at National, State and Local Genealogical Conferences, research at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, a genealogy cruise, and through research at ancestral sites throughout the Northeastern United States. I recently attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research at the National Archives in Washington, DC. I have completed three courses through the British Institute in Salt Lake City.
I am a member of the Citrus County Genealogical Society, Florida State Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society, International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the International Society of Genetic Genealogists.
My Research Projects have included the early history of the Reiss and Thumser families from German and French records, and the history of the families of San Lorenzo in Banale 1764-1850 in Latin and Italian. Those projects may be found at TribalPages.com.
My current focus is on the use of DNA results to help construct family groups. I have given several seminars at libraries and genealogical societies comparing the three major DNA testing sites.
I am one of several Research Specialists at the Family History Center. in Lecanto, FL The Center is located at the corner of Southern Street and Country Oaks Drive and is open from 9 AM to 4 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 9 AM to noon on Thursdays. I am there on most 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 10 AM to 3 PM. If you are living in this part of Florida or if you are a “snowbird” visiting this area, come visit us! We love to help people delve into their ancestry! If you are not comfortable using a computer, we will sit with you and do the keystrokes for you.