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Northland Chapter

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

Cinda Baxter, CG®
DETAILS Genealogical Research
5100 W. 36th Street, # 16601
Minneapolis MN 55416
Research Specialties: Courthouse research (including, but not limited to courts, land, naturalization, probate, tax, vital records); federal records; military; newspapers; cemetery and funeral records; genetic (DNA-related) genealogy.
Geographic Specialties: Upper Plains and Midwest, especially MN, NE, IL, MO, WI, IA; Scotland and England (1700s—early 1900s).
Services: Traditional family genealogy (including a reasonably exhaustive search of offline resources); genetic genealogy; one-on-one consults (getting started, problem solving); coaching; record pulls; presentations and workshops; future-proofing your genealogy.
Accepts clients

Denise A. Breault
A Legal Genealogy
8423 Corcoran Circle
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Research Specialties: Forensic genealogy including probate, heir research, legal research (both civil & criminal case law), miscellaneous court records and land records
Services: In addition to above: individual consultations, family history research (courthouse, library, vital records, naturalizations, probate, newspapers, court records, land records); writing and editing. Special areas of Interest: Legal common-law history, aviation history, maritime history
Accepts limited number of clients

Vickie Chupurdia
26 Elder Dr.
Duluth, MN 55810
Research Specialties: Beginning to Advanced Genealogy, Seminars, Workshops, Speaking Engagements
Accepts a limited number of clients

Melissa Dalley
Legacy Research Services
1025 19th St NE
Rochester, MN 55906
Research specialties: Mennonites from Russia, Upper Midwest, New Jersey, Cook county IL
Services: Research, Consultations
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

J. H. ("Jay") Fonkert, CG®
Co-managing Editor, Minnesota Genealogist
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, CG®
Red Bird Genealogy Services
Home: 651-797-2161
Cell: 651-260-6010
Research Specialties: Upper Midwest, Sweden, finding place of origin, heir searches, author support
Services: Family research, record searches, one-on-one consultation and assistance, writing and editing
Accepts clients

Shirleen Hoffman
Genealogy Talks
1568 Quarry RD, #215
Eagan, MN 55121
Geographic Specialties: Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Winona, Wright Counties, Minnesota and Pierce County, Wisconsin.
Services: Lectures and workshops
Does not accept clients

Robert Johnson, JD, CG®
3505 Sheridan Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55412
Research Specialties: Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Minnesota
Services: Genealogical and historical research, heir searches, house histories, speaking engagements
Accepts clients

Anne Kasuboski, MLIS
2947 Mossy Oak Circle
Green Bay, WI 54311
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

Ricki King
Roots To Branches Genealogy
950 65th St
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
Phone: 515-779-4394
Research Specialties: Research, consultations, organizing your research, family history writings, historic preservation including house histories.
Accepts clients

Valerie Lair
Research Specialties: All Midwest and Plains states; Methodology, Analysis
Does not accept clients

Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.
2800 Brockton Lane North
Plymouth, Minnesota 55447
Research Specialties: Teaching, coaching
Geographic Specialties: Minnesota, Iowa, Pennsylvania
Does not accept clients

Kris Beisser Matthies
N.E.W. Research Services
2790 Elm Tree Hill Apt 326
Green Bay, WI 54313-1363 30003
Phone/Fax: 920-489-8759
Research Specialties: 19th Century, Catholic, Fur Trade, Midwest American Indian, Midwest
Services: Local Historian Northeast Wisconsin
Accepts clients

David C Moberly
The Handwritten Past, LLC
St Paul, MN 55104
Services:Research, Consultations, Presentations, Classes, and Workshops
Research Specialties: DNA, Adoptees, U.S., British Isles, Immigration, Military, Lineage Societies
Research Languages: English, Latin, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, French
Accepts clients

Cathy Martin Naborowski
2335 Kirkwood Lane N.
Plymouth, Minnesota 55441
Research Specialties: Family history research, record searches, online resources, and limited travel including annual Salt Lake City Trip. Consultations, Evernote
Geographic Specialties: Midwest, southern Illinois, Iowa, New York
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

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

Cathi Weber
NorthStar Genealogy
830 221st Ave NW
Oak Grove, MN 55011
Services: Research, Consultations, Teaching, Lecturing, and assistance putting together your family history publication.
Accepts clients