April Min, MA, JD

ProGen Member Overview

April Min is the founder and principal researcher of Heritage Discoveries, LLC, where she provides genealogical and other research and consulting services. She is a professional genealogist, cultural anthropologist, and lawyer with over 25 years’ experience as a researcher. Drawing on her extensive experience researching historical, archival, and court records, she uses a variety of skills honed in these disciplines to locate, assess, and analyze family history sources and provide competent and thoughtful research outcomes.

April is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she received her Bachelor's degree in music and her Juris Doctor from the West Virginia University College of Law. After a successful twenty-year legal career, April decided to follow her long-held passion for history and heritage, obtaining a Masters degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida, concentrating in Heritage Studies. Her research has spanned topics such as African and Dutch heritage in Curaçao, case studies of African Americans in Tampa, Florida, and the historical presence of the Seminole Tribe of Florida on Egmont Key, Florida. Her own family history, based almost entirely in the Netherlands, was the impetus for her Masters research in Curaçao where she explored African and Dutch heritage and history. Her thesis, Museum Kura Hulanda: Representations of Transatlantic Slavery and African and Dutch Heritage in Post-Colonial Curaçao, was published in 2020.


Education

J.D., West Virginia University
M.A., University of South Florida

GRIP: “Beyond Fundamentals: Hands-On Forensic Genealogy Research Methods”
IGHR: “Researching African American Ancestors: Government Documents and Advanced Tools”
GRIP: “Following Your Ancestors in Time and Place”



Publications & BLOGs

"Museum Kura Hulanda: Representations of Transatlantic Slavery and African and Dutch Heritage in Post-Colonial Curaçao" (Masters Thesis, Applied Anthropology (Heritage Studies), University of South Florida, 2020)