Areas of Interest
I have all sorts of interest areas, both topical and geographical. Most of my experience has been midwestern: Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
GEOGRAPHICAL: My nuclear family has been "migratory" around the midwest ourselves, fueling my interest and experience in several areas of the country. It is possible to plan a research trip to any of these places (or others too numerous to list) and share the cost between client(s) and my own family research! (A win-win situation for all concerned.)
southeastern, northeastern, or central Iowa
northern and central Illinois
eastern Maryland (and Baltimore area)
southwestern and southeastern Pennsylvania
the area of Salem County, New Jersey
QUAKER: The research I inherited from my Quaker grandparents acquainted me with Quaker records, migration patterns, method of dating, and religious beliefs. My grandfather was a Quaker pastor whose ancestors were in the U.S. very early in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. My father was a practicing Quaker for a good deal of his life and one sister is still a member of the Society of Friends [the official name of what we often call Quakers].
CATHOLIC: Since I have worked for several Midwestern Catholic parishes I've learned a few things about Catholic sacramental records and have access to some from early Kane County, Illinois records, particularly from St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn, IL.