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The Northland Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists was officially recognized by APG in 2010. The chapter strives to promote the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in the genealogical field at the regional level. The Northland Chapter covers and welcomes members from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Other APG members are also welcome. There are opportunities to network, learn, and grow as ethical professionals.

For more information about the Northland Chapter of APG, or for details on upcoming meetings, contact:
Shirleen Hoffman, Northland Chapter Liaison to APG or
Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, Northland Chapter President

Meetings are held both in person and on line. Members in the Twin Cities area meet the first Tuesday of each odd-numbered month at the Minnesota Historical Society at 11 a.m. Central time for lunch at Café Minnesota. Virtual evening meetings. usually including live webinar presentations, are held the first Tuesday of even-numbered months. If you would like to attend a meeting or learn more about the Northland chapter, please contact the members listed above.

Many of our professional genealogists are able to assist with your research, writing, and planning. Others can speak to your group on numerous genealogical topics or provide a variety of other services. Most charge fees to cover their time and research expenses, and to fund their investment in continuing education and acquired experience.

CG and Certified Genealogist are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists ® (BCG), used under license by professionals who pass periodic competency evaluations by the Board.

Kim Ashford
Twigs and Branches Genealogy Services
12874 Castle View Ct
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Services: Research and Presentations
Research Specialties: German, 19th and 20th Century U.S. research
Accepts clients

Vickie Chupurdia
1167 N Shore Dr. # 102
Forest Lake, MN 55025
Research Specialties: Beginning to Advanced Genealogy, Seminars, Workshops, Speaking Engagements
Accepts clients

Linda Coffin
3208 East 25th Street, Minneapolis MN 55406
Research Specialties: writing, editing, layout and production of memoirs and family histories; photo editing and restoration; Quaker research; Midwest research
Accepts Clients

Alice Strouse Ellingsberg, CG
1225 2nd Street West
West Fargo, North Dakota 58078-2616
Research Specialties: Lineage Research, Hereditary Society Applications, Colonial, Revolutionary War
Geographic Specialties: New England; NY, PA, VA, ND
Clients: June - August

Susan C Fassbender
Outagamie and Beyond
15 Pinewild Court
Appleton, Wisconsin 54913
Research Specialties: research in Outagamie County and the surrounding counties. I have a special interest in the cheese industry and how it shaped the county.
Accepts clients

William J. Flowers
Beyond Grandma's Attic
16524 MacKenzie St. NE
Forest Lake, MN 55025-8856
Research Specialties: Minnesota and Wisconsin; Genetic genealogy; Loyalists
Services: Family research, record searching, consultation and problem solving, photo restoration, photography, and global positioning services
Accepts Clients

J. H. ("Jay") Fonkert, CGSM
2724 Mackubin St.
Roseville, MN 55113
Research Specialties: 19th- and 20th-century Midwest (KY, IN, IL, IA, MN), Dutch and English genealogy
Services: consultations, research, writing, editing; lectures and workshops
Accepts limited number of clients

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll
Red Bird Genealogy Services
5 Swallow Lane
North Oaks, MN 55127
Home: 651-797-2161
Cell: 651-260-6010
Research Specialties: Upper Midwest, Sweden
Services: Family research, record searches, one-on-one consultation and assistance, writing and editing
Accepts clients

Marieta Grissom
505 West Jackson Avenue
Indianola, Iowa 50125
Does not accept clients

Shirleen Hoffman
Hoffman Genealogy Services
1669 Yankee Doodle Rd, #215
Eagan, MN 55121
Geographic Specialties: Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Winona, Wright Counties, Minnesota and Pierce County, Wisconsin.
Research Specialties: Pioneer medicine
Services: Professional genealogy research and reports; workshops and classes for beginners
Accepts Clients

Anne Kasuboski, MLIS
1035 Division St.
Green Bay, WI 54303
Cell: 920-619-2799
Evening: 920-499-1120 or
Research Specialties: 19th & 20th century Wisconsin & Midwest
Services: Archival and public records research, indexing, house histories, heir searching

Valerie Eichler Lair
913 Abbott Street, Unit #202
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Cell: 720-886-9096
APG Board of Directors for 2017 and 2018.
Research Specialties: All Midwest and Plains states; and Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania; Methodology, Analysis, and Online Resources.
Services: Research, Consultations, Coaching, Teaching, Presenter, and assistance putting together your family history publication.
Accepts Clients (NO travel to do on-site research during winter months)

Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.
2800 Brockton Lane North
Plymouth, Minnesota 55447
Research Specialties: Teaching, coaching
Geographic Specialties: Minnesota, Iowa, Pennsylvania
Accepts clients

Kris Beisser Matthies
N.E.W. Research Services
1320 Oasis Dr
Green Bay, WI 54313-1363
Phone/Fax: 920-544-5156
Research Specialties: 19th Century, Catholic, Fur Trade, Midwest American Indian, Midwest
Services: Local Historian Northeast Wisconsin Accepts clients

Nancy Pexa
8680 Alisa Lane
Chanhassen, MN 55317-9377
952-479-1291 (day)
860-833-0007 (evening)
Geographic Specialties: New England, esp. CT, VT; mid-Atlantic; Midwest, esp. IA, MN, Minneapolis/St. Paul; Australia, esp. NSW, TAS; New Zealand
Research Specialties: lineage research and society applications; colonial and 19th century research; federal records; house historian; land platting/land records; lineage societies; Loyalists; Mayflower; migration; military; Anglican/Church of England/Episcopalian; court records
Services: Lineage research, society applications
Accepts clients

Tom Rice, CG
Heritage Hunters
3976 Hazel St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Research Specialties: Minnesota, Upper Midwest, Ireland and Scotland, Denmark
Services: Family history research, all forms of record searches, consultations, compilations and family history book productions. Lectures and workshops.
Accepts clients

Rosalie Eben Schack
714 Mineral Springs Rd
Owatonna, MN 55060
Research Specialties: Upper Midwest, especially Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota,
Services: Research, Consultations, Writing Family Histories, Gravestone Photography
Accepts a limited number of clients.

Joanne M. Sher
1908 W. Kent Rd.
Duluth, MN 55812-1154
Research Specialties: northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, Jewish genealogy, and WWI-era records
Services: Archival, courthouse and library research (vital records, naturalizations, probate, newspapers, court records, land records, Minnesota and Wisconsin state census, military); cemetery visits and headstone photography; translation of Hebrew headstones; consultations to develop research plans or to solve genealogical problems.
Accepts clients

Nancy Sorofman
Sorofman Genealogy Services
1501 Bristol Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52245
Geographic Specialties: New England, MidAtlantic, Midwest, Intermountain West
Services: Onsite archival research, primarily in Iowa and surrounding areas. Consultation and research for reconstructing family history, using historical, genealogical and genetic data.
Accepts Clients

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
PSW Research Services
2000 County Road B West, #130231
St. Paul, MN 55113
Research Specialties: Focus on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, analyzing records, Midwestern states, and Native Americans (mainly Midwest and Plains states)
Services: genealogical and historical research, consultations, one-on-one assistance, editing and lectures on a variety of topics.
Accepts limited number of clients

Sandy Mochal Thalmann
Authentic Origins
P. O. Box 8052
Rochester, MN 55903
Research Specialties: Specializes in 19th and 20th century Midwestern research with extensive knowledge of Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, as well as French Canadian and German church records. Performs on-site research in numerous repositories to inspect and analyze original documents as well as online research. Special interests in adoption research, DNA, problem-solving, consultation, family secrets, and scaling "brick walls."
Accepts clients

John Vanek
GeneaLOGIC Family Research Services
7335 Bridlewood Curve
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Research Specialties: Solving adoption/sperm and egg donation/adultery cases with DNA, Midwestern genealogy: experience with French-Canadian, Irish, Czech, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Dutch, Yankee, Dakota, Ojibwe, Metis
Geographic Specialties: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois
Services: Find family with DNA, traditional genealogical research and coaching, breaking through brick walls, family history writing and editing, speaking engagements.
Accepts clients

Alice Hoyt Veen, CG
Prairie Roots Research
14998 Odessa Place
Bouton, Iowa 50039
Fax: 515-676-2301
Research Specialties: providing professional genealogical and historical research services to clients who seek superior resrch solutions. Specializes in solving genealogical "brick walls." All Iowa and Midwestern records, including state and federal census, land, probate & court records, vital records, church & cemetery records, military, newspapers, LDS research.
Services: Writing services include compilations, reports, historical narratives, and editing. She is thoroughly skilled in compiling multi-generational genealogies, presenting a family's unique story in historical context.

Linda Westrom
12396 Drake St NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Does not accept clients

Mary Wickersham
St. Louis Park, MN, 55426
Research/Geographic Specialties: Genealogical research in the upper Midwest, primarily Minnesota, with occasional research trips to nearby states. Experience with Catholic church and Irish records; consultations and lectures available. Enjoy tackling online brick walls.
Accepts clients

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