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Catherine Desmarais, CG℠

Stone House Historical Research

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Stone House Historical Research Whether you are just beginning to discover your family's story, are an experienced researcher, or are a member of the legal community and need kinship reconstruction or verification for a legal case, Stone House Historical Research will build a professionally researched and well-documented family history. Stone House Historical Research is located in Vermont's beautiful Champlain Valley. Board-certified since 2011, Cathi Becker Wiest Desmarais, CG, has a broad range of genealogical experience in U.S. records, with a particular focus on Vermont and Pennsylvania. Her favorite research repositories are located in Ireland, and she plans periodic client-research trips there. Cathi undertakes forensic genealogy research to locate heirs, beneficiaries and next-of-kin in legal matters involving probate, trusts and property title issues. Cathi also researches military repatriation cases for the U.S. Army, through a contract with SNA International, to find family members of soldiers missing from past wars. Cathi is the current Vice-President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the chair of its international committee. She also volunteers as a board member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) and coordinates their mentor program. She has instructed at CAFG's October 2012 Forensic Genealogy Institute in Dallas, and is scheduled to teach in both their Foundations and Advanced tracks at the March 2014 institute. She is also an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) presenting a case study in Tom Jones' course, Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard for 2013 and 2014.

Service Description:
Stone House Historical Research provides services from retrieval of a single document to legal affidavits of kinship and multigenerational family histories. Consultation to discuss the scope of your project is always free. Research in digitized original documents and newspapers is conducted online through multiple subscription-based and free services. Cathi is also frequently seen researching at the Vermont State Archives, where microfilmed records of almost all Vermont towns and courts are available, along with original manuscript documents. The Vermont History Center in Barre and the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society are other research repositories frequently visited. In addition, on-site research can be scheduled in any Vermont town. Periodic research trips to Ireland are planned. Contact Cathi to discuss your Irish research project and what she can do for you during her next trip. Cathi also makes regular trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and works with an associate there to obtain document copies between her trips. Stone House Historical research also utilizes a network of associate researchers to obtain documents from other distant repositories. Unearth Your Family's Foundation With Stone House Historical Research!

Professional Credentials:

Academic Degrees:
Master's Degree (Education)

Research Specialty:
Heir Searcher ; Forensic ; Irish American

Time Period Specialty:
19th Century ; 20th Century ; 21st Century

Geographic Specialty:
PA ; VT ; New England ; Ireland

Research Counties:
Chittenden County, VT ; Franklin County, VT ; Grand Isle County, VT ; Lamoille County, VT ; Orange County, VT ; Rutland County, VT ; Washington County, VT ; Windsor County, VT

Service Categories:
Instructor ; Project Management ; Author/Writer

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399 Old Stage Road
Essex Junction
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(802) 363-7885
Evening Phone:
(802) 363-7885
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