Professional Activities

Seminar Instruction - Over the years I have taught beginning level genealogy skills to friends, family, and patrons of the LDS Family History Libraries while I volunteered there.

Today, I am available for seminars, private instruction, consulting (for those wishing to do their own research) and classes at meetings/conferences.  Please contact me and let me know about your event and interest for a quote on fees for instructional help.

Lectures - Looking for speakers at a local historical group or family history group meeting?  Or perhaps you’re in need of a speaker for a larger genealogy conference or event? 

I have several specialty lectures already designed and can develop new ones based on your specific need.  Let me know what you’re looking for and I can put together exactly what you need.  Check out our fee schedule for lectures, and contact me to make your request.

Fitzgerald Association - Everyone has their own “brick walls” in their family tress.  I certainly have had my share over the years.  One of the biggest was my paternal line.  After years of DNA testing and advances in technology, we finally discovered my last name should be Fitzgerald. 

As such, to my surprise, I found there is no active Fitzgerald organization online.  So I am organizing a Fitzgerald surname group, including a quarterly newsletter, and have begun work on writing a book documenting all the descendants of John Clarkson Fitzgerald (1782-1877).  This will be a work in progress as well.  You can find the web site to the Fitzgerald Family Association and related projects of the Fitzgerald surname at

Root Family Association of America - If you have a Root in your family tree, there is surely a connection. We welcome you to explore that connection and learn about your vast and colorful family history.  Our hopes is to also collect documented research from all Root lines to include in the planned second volume to the Root family publication and validate the publication Root Family Genealogical Records 1600-1870 by James Pierce Root in 1870 and to extend it to current day family connections. One day we hope to possibly even start a Root Family Annual Conference that can rotate from one location to another each year where you can meet Root cousins from across the country.  You can find the web site to the Root Family Association and related projects of the Root surname at

Early Settlers of Virginia Piedmont Project - Y-DNA is supposed to be the guidepost to our paternal heritage.  The Y chromosome is passed from Father to son to son to son.  Theoretically at Y-37 and higher it should point to your surname matches.  That is unless a group does not keep the father's name.

We have a found crossover at Y-67 & Y111 that should not occur for people of different surnames.  These are all people from the same region in Virginia known as the Piedmont counties, Amherst, Nelson, and Albermarle and surrounding counties of Virginia.  We have already found this cross over between Clarkson, Fitzgerald and Mohler families, and anticipate there are more. 

Events that create these crossovers need to be investigated to hopefully help us track the original paternal lineage and assist in verifying genealogical research. 

If your ancestors were from Virgina, consider having your Y-DNA (67 or 111 markers) test done and joining our project on Family Tree DNA -