Find a Professional

Search by Name
Search by Location
Search by Research Specialty
Search by Geo Specialty
Other Searches

Find a Specialist

Adoption
African-Americans
American Indian
Author/Writer
Bookseller
Columnist
DNA Specialist
Editor
Heir Searcher
House Historian
Lecturer/Seminars
Librarian
Lineage Societies
Photography
Translator
Travel & Tours
Web Designer

Site Search

Robert Pfaff

Chasing the Past Genealogical Services

Summary Tab
Extended Tab

Biography:
The best experiences in life come when you love something you're good at. That worked well for me in my first career. I earned my Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 1980 and, after a year's post-doctoral fellowship, I enjoyed a 36-year college teaching career, which ended when my institution closed in May 2017. Nevertheless, as a college professor with research experience, my research and teaching skills relate well to genealogy. Doing what you love and are good at sums up my approach to genealogy, my chosen second career. Many genealogists will relate a similar story: A little over 30 years ago, my mother handed me a box of family records, correspondence, photos, DAR record copies, and old family trees. It was a treasure trove, including my grandfather's baptismal certificate, in German even though he was born in northern Iowa. There were photos of my 2nd great grandparents taken in the early 1860s. One record suggested we were descendants of the Plantagenet royal family of England. Needless to say, I was hooked and wanted to know more of the stories that made my family. Every family has its fair share of oddballs, successful people, and maybe even a criminal or two. Our history can't be changed, so embrace the oddities! My personal journey into genealogy began with taking that box and preparing my first society application, to the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), as a descendant of Timothy Taylor of Merrimac, New Hampshire. All along the way, chance discoveries keep a genealogist going. They fill in the family legacy. For example, I found my great grandfather's autograph book. And I have two letters written home by my 2nd great grandfather from the Civil War. Over time, I started researching and completing lineage society applications for friends and family and for prospective SAR members. I have gained a lot of expertise in doing it and so now is the time to offer my services publicly.

Service Description:
I provide research utilizing online and on-site techniques, generally to determine a client's lineage. However, simpler requests, such as finding military records of ancestors, are also welcomed. Due to expense of travel, I concentrate on the Midwest states for my on-site research I am also active in the Jasper County (Indiana) Historical Society and Find-a-Grave, as well as a number of lineage societies.

Academic Degrees:
B.A. (Chemistry) ; B.A. (Psychology) ; M.S. (Chemistry) ; Ph.D. (Chemistry)

Professional Learning
Certificates:
BU Certificate in Gen Research


Continuing Education:
RootsTech Virtual 2019

Research Specialty:
Civil War ; Colonial ; Federal Records ; House Historian ; Land Records ; Lineage Societies ; Mayflower ; Migration ; Military ; German American ; Court Records

Time Period Specialty:
17th Century ; 18th Century ; 19th Century

Geographic Specialty:
IL ; IN ; IA ; KY ; MA ; MI ; NH ; OH ; PA ; New England ; Midwest ; Indianapolis

Research Counties:
Delaware County, IA ; Dutchess County, NY ; Hillsborough County, NH ; Huron County, OH ; Jasper County, IN ; Seneca County, OH ; Tippecanoe County, IN ; White County, IN

Service Categories:
Brochure Design ; Technology ; Instructor ; Lecturer/Seminars ; Photography ; Web Designer

Languages:
American English

Accepts Clients:
Yes

Address:
555 West Emmet Ave
City:
Rensselaer
State:
IN
Postal Code:
47978
County:
Jasper
Day Phone:
(219) 866-8297
Email:
Web Site:
www.ChasingthePastGenealogy.us

Other Sites:
Facebook LinkedIn


Disclaimer: Information provided by the members of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) for this directory has been accepted by APG in good faith and APG accepts no liability for incorrect information. Members agree to abide by the APG Code of Ethics.

Conditions of Use: By using this Directory, you hereby accept and agree that postal and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers in the APG Member Directory are provided for individual personal communication only. Unauthorized use of this Directory for commercial or survey purposes is prohibited.




Home | Directory | About Us | Activities | Chapters| Membership | Publications

Copyright © Association of Professional Genealogists, 1996-2019

Terms of Service