Services

Description of Services

My goal is to support you in answering questions about your family. I will work independently on your research project or collaborate with you throughout the process, sharing goals, tasks and discoveries.

Genetic Genealogy

  • DNA results overview
  • DNA results organization
  • DNA coaching to use tools at all major DNA testing sites (Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA including Y-DNA) and visualization tools at DNApainter.com
  • Unknown parentage (recent and historical)
  • Incorporation of DNA results into research projects

Document Retrieval, Processing and Analysis

  • Access to databases (newspapers.com, Fold3.com, GenealogyBank, international records through Ancestry.com)
  • Transcription (1800’s to present)
  • Determination of genealogical significance of family-held documents
  • Document analysis

Research projects

  • Collaborative definition of research project, source analysis, locality research, creation of research plan, research (with client participation as desired), creation of research report
  • Research skills coaching

Results sharing

  • Family history book
  • Biographies and family tree on publicly available databased (WikiTree)
  • Video profiles
  • Printable charts and family trees
  • Stories for children and youth based on your family history
  • Formal reports

Support for understanding results

  • Guided discussion of historical context and meaning of results
  • Exploration of next steps for personal growth and action
  • Connection to resources for reconciliation and further counselling

Webinars, lectures and workshops

  • Introduction to genetic genealogy “Take a road trip with your DNA”
  • Reconciling unsettling truths about our ancestors
  • Communication skills for genealogists
  • Beginning family history research

Upcoming presentations

  • August 21-26, 2022, “Practice of Genetic Genealogy Part 1: Foundations and the Research Process,” Connie Davis, Marie Palmer, and Colleen Murray, Canadian Genealogy Virtual Research Intensive. More information on registration coming soon!
  • October 6, 2022, “Communication Skills for the Professional Genealogist: Adoptions and Unknown Parentage,” Connie Davis, Association of Professional Genealogists, Virtual Chapter.

Testimonials

“As you were instrumental in sorting out a lost relationship, I thought you might enjoy hearing what has since transpired. I have been corresponding with the relative you identified and last week we finally had the chance to meet. It was most enjoyable and I could see my family in their face and mannerisms.  But the biggest surprise was that they had spent some time going through their family photo albums and were able to find photos that linked the families together. Thank you again for all your help. None of this would have come to be without your assistance.”

Client D.S, 2021

“I contacted Connie after finding out that my paternal grandfather and I were not related after DNA testing on 23andMe. She guided me through the test results and assisted me in finding others who shared DNA that didn’t match any other branch of my known family tree. We sent out requests to those people who had shared their DNA results on Ancestry and within a day we had found the family of my “new” grandfather. I am in contact with them almost every day. Without Connie’s assistance I may never have worked my way through all of the available data to determine who my actual family was. Connie was very professional, knowledgeable, and thorough. She kept me on track and got results almost immediately. I am now following up with her to learn how to redo my Ancestry Family Tree as well as learning about so many other sites.”

Client C.F.,  2021

“Connie was a great mentor in helping me do research to find my biological father. She was very kind, affordable and knowledgeable. Connie would email and Skype with me every so often giving me new tips and videos to watch to aid in my search. With her help I was able to find the person I was looking for and I am forever grateful.”

Client M.S., 2019

Building knowledge, skills, strength, and resilience through
connecting people to their family history.