Mary Kircher Roddy, CG

ProGen Member Overview

I have been a professional genealogist since 2010, primarily lecturing and doing genealogy coaching. I speak at national conferences and to societies across the US.


Bachelor of Science, Liberal Studies, University of Caifornia Riverside, 1982
Master in Professional Accounting, University of Texas, 1984
Certificate in Genealogy and Family History, University of Washington, 2005

Institute courses:

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy: Intermediate Genealogy, Advanced Genealogical Methods, Advanced Evidence Practicum, Gothic Script and Fraktur, Virtual DNA Practicum, Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence, Writing and Documenting for Peer Review

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh: Mastering Genealogical Documentation, Irish Genealogical Research Part II, Get Your Hands Dirty, Law School for Genealogists


My favorite part of teaching is to watch the lightbulb come on when someone learns something in one of my presentations.

Publications & BLOGs

"Charles Olin and Charles Melville of Nebraska, Montana, California, Oregon, and Nevada: One Man or Two?" National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 2020 Vol. 108 No. 4; 277-295.

"John C. Ahern a.k.a John Lockren of Sonoma and Alameda Counties, California: Who Were His Parents?" - National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 2019 Vol. 107 No. 3, 219-230.

"Goodspelliarmus! Wizardry for Effective Newspaper Searches" - NGS Magazine, January-March 2018

"Anatomy of a City Directory" - Internet Genealogy, February/March 2017

"Put Your Data in Boxes and Watch the Clues Appear!" - Austin Genealogical Society Quarterly, 2015 Vol. 56 No. 4. Also published in The Journal of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, Vol 5, Number 2, Fall 2015

"More Than Just Databases" - Journal of the Berks County Genealogical Society, Vol 36, Number 1, Fall 2015

"Read 'Em or Weep - Finding Your Family in Historic Newspapers" - Austin Genealogical Society Quarterly, 2015 Vol. 56 No. 2"

"OCR Technology - Optical Character Recognition or Oops Can't Read?" - The British Columbia Genealogist, June 2015. (Also published in Orange County California Genealogical Society Newsletter Vol. 49, Issue 6, July 2015; The Endeavour, No. 123, June 2015, Botany Bay Family History Society, Sutherland NSW; Victorian G.U.M., Inc. News, January 2016, Volume 34, No. 1, Melbourne, VIC)

"Bagging A Live One" - Internet Genealogy, June/July 2015

"245 Real and Precious Friends" - Family Chronicle, November/December 2014

"Is One Death Record Enough?" - Internet Genealogy, February/March 2014

"What Did They Do and How Did They Do It?" - Internet Genealogy, December 2013/January 2014

"Five Tips for Newspaper Research" - Internet Genealogy, June/July 2013

"The Tourists" - LifeStory Magazine, June 2013

"All About the Pretty" - LifeStory Magazine, May 2013

"Sailing In Their Wake" - Family Chronicle, May/June 2013

"Lt. Mark L. Golden: A Case Study in World War II Research" - Family Chronicle, May/June 2012