German and Portuguese family history came into my life through a process. My passion for German was ignited several years ago when I started learning the language at school. It is out of my love for German that my passion for family history grew. My command of the language made it easy to learn the old handwriting and search German records, both in the United States and abroad.
In 2015, I had the opportunity to spend fifteen months in Brazil. After my trip, I returned to my family history research and realized that I could make a meaningful contribution to Portuguese research, so I set out to learn the ins and outs. I am steadily increasing my knowledge of the available resources.
My experience as a travel guide for Alpenwild has also come in handy as we work together to develop family history tours for families with German and Swiss-German roots. Our first tour in June of 2019 was a great success, and our clients were delighted to learn about their ancestral homeland, the people who paved the way for them, and even meet living family members in Switzerland!
One of the greatest things about running my own business is the flexibility. We start with your goals and make a plan that works for you. I look forward to helping you find your roots!
Most people don’t know exactly what it means to hire a professional genealogist, so I made a quick video to tell exactly what it is I do. Stay tuned for more detailed videos. In essence, this is my elevator pitch. Enjoy!
Join us for some good-ol’ ancestor-finding fun! We’ll talk about how to read German records and then look at your family records. Bring whatever you have. Got a date and place but no record? Bring it! Got a record but can’t read it? Bring that! Don’t have anything yet? No worries! A lot can be gained…
Here is my video on the German record sets available to help you find your ancestors! Enjoy!