Debra A. Hoffman, PLCGS

ProGen Member Overview

Specializing in Maryland and German research, Debra A. Hoffman is a professional genealogist and the owner of Hoffman Genealogical Services. She is a genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. She has presented at the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR), the International German Genealogy Conference, and coordinated the Maryland course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in 2020 and Course 2-Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies in 2021 at IGHR. She has authored articles in the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin, the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Der Kurier, Bluegrass Roots, and the Carrolltonian. She has a certificate in Family History from Brigham Young University and a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS)-German Records from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. Active in the genealogical community, Debra is the past co-director of Gen-Fed and is a graduate and former mentor of ProGen Study Group 5. She currently serves as an At-Large Board Member of the Maryland Genealogical Society, is the Recording Secretary for the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.


Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS)-German Records - 2019
Family History Certificate from Brigham Young University - 2012

Study Groups
Graduate, GenProof Study Group 1 - 2013
Graduate, ProGen Study Group 1 - 2009


NGS Online Class: Transcribing, Extracting, and Abstracting Genealogical Records - 2008
NGS American Genealogy: A Basic Course - 2001


Coordinator, Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR): Course 2 - 2021
Coordinator, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG): Course 7 - 2020

Publications & BLOGs

Rebecca Whitman Koford & Debra A. Hoffman, Research in Maryland: Research in the State Series (Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2021).