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Ian Watson

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I am always interested in taking on freelance editing, proofreading, layout, and fact-checking projects for genealogy publishers worldwide, both on paper and digital. I also accept research projects where I can contribute remotely (via the Internet).

I have many years of experience with North American and European genealogical research. My expertise is very broad both geographically and thematically, including everything from colonial New England to southeastern American Indians to Jewish eastern Europe.

While German genealogy is not really my specialty, I do have a basic level of competence with German sources and speak German fluently. I am happy to assist those needing in-person work in southern Germany.

I am a state-certified Icelandic-English document translator.

I was born and raised in upstate New York (to originally Californian parents) but have lived in Europe for many years, first in Iceland and now in Germany. When I was twelve my father brought a box of old photographs and papers home from Los Angeles after his uncle's funeral, and asked my sister and I to sort through it. Since then genealogy has been a consuming passion and a part-time occupation.

Academic Degrees:
Ph.D. (Sociology) ; B.A. (Linguistics)

Geographic Specialty:
NY ; New England ; Iceland

Service Categories:
Editor ; Instructor ; Lecturer/Seminars ; Translator ; Web Designer ; Project Management

French and Italian (serviceable) ; German (good) ; Icelandic (fluent) ; Norwegian/Swedish/Danish (reading) ; Polish (basic)

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Schillstrasse 197
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