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APG Philadelphia Area

The Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG-GPA) was formed in 2004, and then revived in 2012, to promote the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in the genealogical field at the regional level. Our members are located in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware area.

The Chapter meets quarterly on the second Saturday of the month. Meetings are currently held at the offices of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania at 2207 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Upcoming meetings in 2014:

To be added to our listserv or to receive more information about APG-GPA, please contact our programming chair, Joyce Homan, at You can also join our Facebook group—find us there under "Greater Philadelphia Area APG Chapter."

The professional genealogists listed in this directory are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of APG. Except where noted, all accept new clients. Those taking clients charge fees for their services and adhere to the APG Code of Ethics.

Each genealogist listed supplied the information regarding his/her specialties and services. If you are interested in the services of a genealogist, please contact him/her directly. Briefly describe your research needs in an e-mail or letter (e-mail is preferred). If you send a letter, enclose a business-size (#10) SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope). The professional genealogist will respond with information about his/her services and fees. Neither APG nor the Greater Philadelphia Area chapter of APG assumes responsibility for research work contracted through this listing.


Professional Directory

CG and Certified Genealogist are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Lee Arnold
215-732-6200 x237
Specialties: SE Pennsylvania
Accepts Clients? Yes

Dorothy J. Clark
Clark Research Services
1018 Winfield Ct.
Lansdale, PA 19446-4363
Services: Professional genealogist with over 30 years experience. Family research; church, cemetery and old house photography; lineage society documentation research and application preparation
Specialties: Montgomery and Bucks Co. and neighboring counties. Experienced in colonial German families and can read old German script and Latin records. Member of GSP, APG, and NGS and local historical societies.
Accepts Clients? Yes

Susan Gray Detweiler
Specialties: Pennsylvania German, Mid-atlantic Lutheran archives
Accepts Clients? Yes

Michael Hait, CG and "Planting the Seeds" Blog
Services: Specializing in kinship determination, complex evidence analysis, Maryland research, and African American genealogy.
Accepts Clients? Yes

Dean Henry
Services: Family Pearl's mission is to strengthen families through the use of genealogical research, oral history and media recording, and family outreach. Specialities include African American Family Research, Photo and Audio digitization, and related Technology Assistance.
Accepts Clients? Yes

Sandra M. Hewlett, CG (Certified since 2001) Certified Genealogist
Speciaties: Problem-solving; multi-generational genealogy studies; research consultations. Available for onsite research at: Chester, Delaware and Montgomery County record offices; Friends Library, Swarthmore; Philadelphia record centers including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia City Archives; and the Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg. Expertise with English records, online and in Greater London on annual research trips.
Accepts Clients? Yes

Karen S. Higgins
803 E. Boot Road, D15 West Chester, PA 19380
Accepts Clients? Not currently

Joyce Homan
Executive Director of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
Specialties: Philadelphia and Cambria counties, Carpatho-Rusyn research
Accepts Clients? Not currently

Lora Kline
Services: Research, teach and coach.
Specialties: New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Boston University Genealogy Research course graduate
Accepts Clients?

Susan Koelble
Bare Roots Research
P.O. Box 134
Southampton, PA 18966
Services: Professional genealogist for over thirty years specializing in all areas of Philadelphia research. Member HSP, GSP, APG and NGS. Vice President of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. Serving on or has served as member of the board of the Bucks County Genealogical Society, Registrar of the Philadelphia Chapter DAR. Speaker at several National Conferences.
Specialties: Pennsylvania: 17th, 18th and 19th Century; specifically Philadelphia and southeastern counties. Degree in American Studies.
Accepts Clients? Semi-retired, on a limited basis

Patricia O'Donnell Kuhn
Specialties: Delaware, Luzerne and Northampton Counties
Accepts Clients? Yes

Dennis R. Levine
484-722-8049 or 484-798-8864
Services: conduct research in Pennsylvania repositories
Specialties: Sweden, Pennsylvania, New England, and migration westward to Midwestern states
Accepts Clients? Yes

Nancy Menton Lyons
36 Waterloo Court Hockessin, DE.
University of Delaware; National Genealogical Society Home Study Course; Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama; Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
Specialties: Delaware Research, Delaware Irish Research
Accepts Clients? Not currently

Kathleen P. McVeigh
Specialties: Timelines & putting ancestors in historical context. Founding member of APG Philadelphia Area Chapter, member of HSP, GSP, APG, NGS. A graduate of AMERICAN GENEALOGY: A Basic Course (NGS) and of NIGR.
Accepts Clients? Not currently

Norman Douglas Nicol, Ph.D.
Specialties: All types of records for all periods for the following areas: Northeast PA, England, Scotland, Germany, plus reading old handwriting in English, Scots, German and Latin. Certification in Scottish Family History Studies, University of Stirling, Scotland
Accepts Clients? Yes

Barbara Pilvin, MLS, MA or
Librarian II, Social Science and History Department, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
AB (Smith College) in French and history (American and European); MA with Ph.D. pre-dissertation credits in French and history (Yale)
Specialties: Mid-Atlantic and New England, Jewish, European, African American and West Indian
Accepts Clients? Not currently

Carol M. Sheaffer
Services: Lectures, Research, Consultation
Specialties: NJ (Central and southern)
Accepts Clients? Yes

Kevin E. Shue
230 N. President Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
Services: Instructor, available for presentations on a variety of topics, research trip organizer and leader, genealogy conference planner.
Specialties: Pennsylvania and Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy and heritage.
Accepts Clients? Yes (through

Gerald (Jerry) Smith, CG
Conveniently situated for research in south central and central county repositories, including PA Archives.
Specialties: Expert in early land records, platting, and land placement.
Services: Author & lecturer. Provides publication services.
Accepts Clients? Yes

Frank Southcott
BS, MBA, Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University
Specialties: Specializing in, but not limited to, the colonial boundaries of Chester County, Pennsylvania genealogical research to include modern day Delaware County.
Services: Family histories, kinship determinations, tax and deed research. British Isle research experienced.
Accepts Clients? Yes

Marilyn C. Toole
Services: Teacher, lecturer. Lectures include: "Genealogy on the Internet", "Identifying People in Old Photos", "Bringing Your Ancestors to Life", "Using Google", "Using the U.S. Censuses", "Using PERSI" and "Creating Timelines"
Specialties: Timelines and putting ancestors in historical context
Accepts Clients? No

Frances W. Waite
649 South Chubb Drive
Doylestown, PA 18901
BS in Education from Shippensburg University, with masters degree work at Kutztown University, plus 25 years as Library Assistant at Bucks County Historical Society.
Services: Genealogical problem solving with over 30 years experience as a professional genealogist for all time periods in Bucks, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, Philadelphia Counties, plus nearby areas of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and across the Delaware River.
Accepts Clients? Yes

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