Ancestry Solutions

Curriculum Vitae

photograph of Ancestry Solutions owner and founderI've often heard it said that each step one takes along the path of life and every twist and turn that arises only serves to prepare one for the next step in life.  I hope you smile favourable upon me during your read through my credentials and I hope this little history provides the opportunity for you to get to know me and my abilities.  Any assistance that I provide on this website is drawn from my many years of direct research experience and is not to be construed under any circumstances as constituting legal advice in any manner whatsoever.

Genealogical Research Experience

(current to 31 Dec., 2014)
England & Wales Use and analysis of all forms of documentation 12,547 hours
Scotland Use and analysis of all forms of documentation 5,555 hours
Ireland Use and analysis of all forms of documentation 3,407 hours
Canada Use and analysis of all forms of documentation 6,794 hours
U.S.A. Use and analysis of all forms of documentation 2,321 hours
Italy Use and analysis of all forms of documentation 5,554 hours
Germany Use and analysis of all forms of documentation 3,565 hours
Metis (Canada) Use and analysis of original or filmed documentation
(including preparation of all necessary documentation for successful registration of native status)
2,384 hours
 
  Total hours of practical genealogical research experience 42,127 hours

Publications

(by copyright date)
  • East Kent Families Database. St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian - Ancestry Solutions, c2008. Data DVD and CD-Rom.

  • Compendium of Ontario records. St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian - Ancestry Solutions, c2005. ISBN:  978-1-894216-14-2.

  • Evaluate your evidence!. (The Research Process Series). St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian - Ancestry Solutions, c2004. ISBN:  978-1-894216-09-8.

  • Glossary. (The Research Process Series). St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian - Ancestry Solutions, c2004. ISBN:  978-1-894216-12-8.

  • Navigating familysearch.org (The Research Process Series). St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian - Ancestry Solutions, c2004. ISBN:  978-1-894216-13-5.

  • Organize thy records! (The Research Process Series). St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian - Ancestry Solutions, c2004. ISBN:  978-1-894216-11-1.

  • The family interview. (The Research Process Series). St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian - Ancestry Solutions, c2004. ISBN:  978-1-894216-10-4.

  • Quick research guide: England and Wales. St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian, c2002. ISBN:  978-1-894216-07-4.

  • Quick research guide: Ontario, Canada. St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian, c2002. ISBN:  978-1-894216-04-3.

  • Quick research guide: Scotland. St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian, c2002. ISBN:  978-1-894216-08-1.

  • English records: a guide. St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian, 2002, c1999. ISBN:  978-1-894216-05-0.

  • Introduction to Genealogy, 4th ed.. St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian, 2003, c1997. ISBN:  978-1-894216-01-2.

  • The I.G.I. DeMystified, 4th ed.. St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian, 2002, c1993. ISBN:  978-1-894216-03-6.

  • Quick research guide: Ireland. St. Catharines, Ontario: Family Historian, 2002, c1993. ISBN:  978-1-894216-02-9.

Additional genealogical experience

Performance of services for Canada Immigration, foreign Public Trustees, probate firms and solicitors in verifying claims of entitlement to entry into Canada, citizenship in both Canada and the U.S.A. as well as entitlement to legacies and bequests, respectively.

Conducted seminars and classes regarding various aspects of genealogical research and evidence independently and for several libraries and women's groups throughout the Niagara Peninsula.

Career

1990 to date Chief Executive and Professional Researcher, Ancestry Solutions (formerly The Family Historian), registered Ontario business

1984 to date non-member Librarian and International Research Specialist, Family History Centre, Church of Latter-Day Saints, St. Catharines

1984-1990 Corporate Compliance and Legal Affairs Administrator and Office of Corporate Secretary

  • TecSyn Inc.
  • Omnisport International Corp.
  • Sportec International Inc.
  • Novastran (1986) Ltd.
  • Omnisport GmbH
  • Tuftbond Carpet Mills Inc.

Corporate Compliance and Legal Affairs Administrator and Office of Assistant Corporate Secretary

  • TecSyn Canada Limited
  • Omisport Australia International Pty. Ltd.
  • Omnisport International (U.K.) Ltd.
  • Polyloom Corporation of America Corp.
  • Poli-Twine Inc.
  • Ozite Canada (1981) Inc.

Corporate Compliance and Legal Affairs Administrator and Office of Second Assistant Corporate Secretary

  • Tecsyn International Inc.

1980-1984 Law Clerk (Family and Civil Litigation), for The Honourable Judge Donald J. Taliano, formerly partner Chown, Cairns, Barristers and Solicitors, St. Catharines, Ontario

1977-1980 employed at various other law firms in Toronto and St. Catharines across broad practice areas, including conveyancing, corporate, probate and criminal law

Academics

1974 Grad., Humanities and The Liberal Arts, West Coast College, Westminster, California

1977 Diploma, Law and Business Administration, St. Catharines College, Mason's Hall Campus, Ontario

1980 Diploma, Realty Licensing, Niagara College, Welland Vale Campus, Ontario

1988 Certification, Law Clerk (Ontario), Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall, Toronto, Ontario

Further Academic Development

Rules of Evidence, Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall, Toronto

Communication for Managers, Harvard Business School (Distance Program), Toronto

Intellectual Property Law, Harvard Business School (Distance Program), Toronto

Corporate Liability, Harvard Business School (Distance Program), Toronto

Volunteer & Charitable Activities

Founder: 2010 of Pets Niagara

Since December, 2006, County Administrator and Project Co-Ordinator, Kent Online Parish Clerks

Since May 1983, Family History Consultant (non-member) and European research specialist at the Family History Centre of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints groups at St. Catharines.  Also conducts classes and seminars for the Family History Centre and for other independent church, women's and author's groups.

Founding member: Animal Assistance Society (registered charity), St. Catharines;  United Animal Protection Society (registered charity), St. Catharines;  Unity Metaphysical Study Group, (registered charity), St. Catharines. Supporter, Ontario S.P.C.A., World Wildlife Federation, Red Cross, World Food Programme

Past Secretary, Effingham Heritage Association, Pelham

Personal Interests

I have a vast and varied range of interests, and owing to continual extra-curricular education throughout my primary and secondary schools days, have acquired many skills and talents in the arts. Amongst my passions are architecture, archaeology, sociology, philosophy, metaphysics, anthropology, dance, music, equestrian events, murder mysteries, logic puzzles, vintage aircraft and watercraft, aeronautical acrobatics and Formula One racing. I am also a pianist, vocalist, artist (most mediums), sculptress (clay), swimmer, hiker, dancer, equestrian, and an eager participant in road rallying, flying and, for quieter times, needlework (tapestry, cross-stitch and weaving).

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