• Genetic Genealogy
    DNA Analysis

    DNA analysis can be crucial to a research project. Properly analyzed DNA results can be used as supporting evidence of proof.

  • Georgia

    Research conducted in all Georgia counties for 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th-century families & ancestral lines.

  • Presentations

    Available for methodology and DNA presentations and workshops across Georgia and in the South Carolina Low Country. Please email for information and available dates.

  • Military
    US Army PCRB

    Contract genealogist with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, US Army PCRB to ID and locate of Next of Kin and living DNA-eligible family for unaccounted-for soldiers.



  • "Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence-Research Strategies" - Karen Stanbary, CG, Thomas Jones, Ph.D. CG, CGL, FUGA, FNGS, FASG,  Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CG, Melissa A. Johnson, CGAngela Packer McGhie, CGDavid Ouimette, CG, CGLDavid Rencher, AG, CG, FIGR, Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA - SLIG, Jan. 2020.

  • "All DNA-Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum - SLIG Virtual, Fall 2019

  • "How to Write a Case Study that Meets the New Standards for DNA: As Codified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists" - Melinda Henningfield, CG® - Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series; sponsored by the BCG®, Sept. 2019

  • "Reasonably Exhaustive Research: The First Criteria for Genealogical Proof" - Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG®, CGL - Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series; sponsored by the BCG®, Sept. 2019

  • "Basics of Land Platting - Part 1" - J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA - Legacy, 2019

  • "A Practical Approach: Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA" - Karen Stanbary, CG®, Blaine Bettinger, PhD, Melissa Johnson, CG®, Michael D. Lacopo, DVM, Paul Woodbury, MEd - SLIG, Jan. 2019

  • "DNA Rights and Wrongs: The Ethical Side of Testing " - Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGL - Legacy, 2019

  • "Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family" - Nancy A. Peters, CG®, CGL - BCG, 2018

  • "Obtaining and Using mtDNA and Y-DNA as Evidence" - Blaine Bettinger, UGA, 2018

  • "Weaving DNA Into a Proof Argument, BCG, 2017

  • "Mirror Trees Explained," - Institute for Genetic Genealogy, 2017

  • "When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?" - BCG, 2017

  • "MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS" - BCG, 2017

  • "Digging Deeper with Autosomal DNA" - Institute for Genetic Genealogy, 2017

  • "DNA Analytics" - Institute for Genetic Genealogy, 2017

  • "Advanced Third-Party Tools" - Institute for Genetic Genealogy, 2017

  • "Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Families That Came Out of Slavery" - BCG, 2017

  • National Genealogical Society Conference, 2016

  • "Finding Evidence of Kinship in Military Records" - BCG, 2016.

  • "FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver's Great Trifecta, Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL" - 2016

  • "Complex Evidence: What It Is, How It Works, Why It Matters" - BCG, 2015

  • "Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analyses", Course Graduate - IGHR, Samford University, 2015

  • "Verifying the Family Legend of Native American Ancestry," Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research" - 2015

  • "Genetic Genealogy for the Professional Genealogist" - IGHR, 2015

  • "Advanced Techniques for Use of Autosomal DNA Tests to Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls" -

       Southern California Genealogical Society Family History & DNA Conference, 2014

  • "Writing Logical Proof Arguments" - Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, 2014

  • Certificate of Genealogical Research - Boston University, 2013


Community​​ Involvement

  • Past FamilySearch.org Family History Center Director

  • Published author

  • DNA Study Groups

  • Presentations - Including Archives, Libraries, Historical Societies, Genealogical Societies, DAR, SAR, Veterans groups

  • Bartow Library System (Cartersville, GA) partner

  • Ladson Genealogical Library

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