Derek Doran Wood

ProGen Member Overview

Erstwhile theatre actor, now dedicated to professional genealogical research. My particular specialties include colonial and post-colonial New England and greater New York City, as well as 19th century U.S. migration to the Pacific Northwest and California.


B.A., University of California at Irvine, 1993
Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University, 2017
ProGen Study Group, 2018–2019
"Applying Standards to Appraise Genealogical Work," Jeanne Larzalere Bloom; Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), 2020
"Advanced Genealogical Methods," Thomas W. Jones; SLIG, 2019
"Beyond the Library: Using Original Source Repositories," John Philip Colletta; SLIG, 2018


I first took up my own family history as a hobby in 1995. In 2015 I began pursuing professional-level genealogy, i.e., striving to meet the benchmarks laid out in The Board for Certification of Genealogists' Genealogy Standards. I began doing research for private clients in 2018.

Publications & BLOGs

  • "The Second Wife of Moses Gile of Hampstead, New Hampshire: Which Mary Clark?" New England Historical and Genealogical Register (forthcoming, 2021)
  • "The Great Migration Tenney Family In Church Records of Great Limber, Lincolnshire," New England Historical and Genealogical Register (forthcoming, 2021)