Self-taught, I am re-directing my innate, lifelong organizing skills to the genealogy field which has entranced me. I am a terrier at tracking down details and at documenting my sources. As a graphic designer, I can promise that my reports will be attractively typeset and generously illustrated.
For example, here is how I turned two pages of skimpy family information on an artist ancestor into an 80-page (and still counting) website, which I wrote and designed: donatusbuongiorno.com.
Read, transcribe and translate hand-written, 19th-century, Italian vital records. Experienced with 19th-century New York City orphanage records.
My office is in Brooklyn Heights, steps from downtown Brooklyn and 1/2 hour from downtown Manhattan, which covers: Brooklyn Historical Society. Brooklyn Public Library. Brooklyn Borough Hall and Brooklyn City Register Office. Downtown Brooklyn colleges and their libraries: Brooklyn Law School, New York City College of Technology (City Tech), New York University Tandon School of Engineering (formerly Brooklyn Polytech), St. Francis College. New York City Hall, Municipal Archives, Department of Buildings, courts, etc. New York State courts, 5 counties: Bronx, New York (Manhattan), Kings (Brooklyn), Queens and Richmond (Staten Island). U.S. federal courts: U.S. Eastern District of New York (Long Island & Staten Island Kings, Nassau, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk counties), U.S. Southern District of New York (Bronx, Dutchess, New York, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchester counties). U.S. National Archives New York City.
Also specialize in art history, especially 19th century, artists, exhibits, auctions: Frick Art Reference Library. New York Public Library. New-York Historical Society Library. Thomas J. Watson Library at Metropolitan Museum of Art.
No accident, the speciality of my 30-year graphic design career was producing marketing materials for regulated industries (finance, healthcare, insurance), which require you to: keep all the arcane details of a project straight in your mind over years of implementing, make sure you don't inadvertently change a single letter of the text the lawyers have already approved, don't add extraneous information that might get you sued, remember why you made decisions when queried years later. Sound familiar?
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