Determined to learn where the first Baxter came from, I began chasing those twitchy little leaves, like everybody else. Before long, visits to southwestern Scotland and The Borders (then later, throughout the U.S. and England) were the norm, rooting through archives, libraries, graveyards, local history societies, courthouses, and any other place that might have even a tiny scrap of our family story. My adoration for research, complexity, and discovery found a new purpose and it was genealogical research.
From traditional "paper trail" investigation to DNA analysis, my formal genealogical education has been built around a desire to help others who crave knowledge about their heritage, while adhering to the highest possible standards:
• Code of Ethics and Standards, The Board for Certification of Genealogists
• Code of Ethics, The Association of Professional Genealogists
• Professional Code, Register of Qualified Genealogists (UK)
• The National Genealogical Society's Genealogy Guidelines
• Genetic Genealogy Standards as approved by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
U.S. Midwest, Scotland, and England
MSc (with Distinction) in Genealogical, Palaeographic, and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
For current list of certificates earned, please visit DetailsGenealogy.com/About.html
In addition to client work:
• Assistant Director, Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed)
• Board of Directors, Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
• Virtual Technical Coordinator, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG and SLIG Academy 2021)
• Website Coordinator, Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)
• Academic Professional/Module Facilitator, Boston University (Genealogical Research Certificate Program -and- Genealogical Principles Course)
• ProGen Mentor (ProGen 53)
U.S. Research experience (in addition to state, county, and local repositories):
• The National Archives, Washington D.C.
• Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
• DAR Research Library, Washington D.C.
• DAR Seimes Technology Center, Washington D.C.
• The Newberry Library Manuscript Collection, Chicago
• The Chicago History Museum Manuscript Collection, Chicago
U.K. Research experience:
• The National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh
• Regional Scotland archives in The Borders, Hawick, and Dumfrieshire
• Regional England archives in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Cumberland