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Joann Dunham

Dunham Genealogy Services, LLC

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Our journey in genealogy research and who we are as a family has been a passion of Dunham Genealogy Services' founder, Joann Dunham since she was a girl. Given family heirlooms by both grandmothers, she has always been interested in who owned them, when, and what it was like 'back then'. Her curiosity continued to grow as she became older, and slowly some of the family lore was understood as she connected the dots between both sides of her family. Her father's family is a mix of English (part of the Pilgram Colonies) and French Canadian. As they migrated from Massachusetts, through Connecticut, and the lower part of New York State, they finally settled in the Adirondack Mountain area where many French-Canadians also settled due to its beauty, abundance of lumber, hunting and its beginnings as a growing tourist destination for 'city folk'. A Dunham ancestor has fought in nearly every war. Her mother's side of the family is also a mix of English, with Welsh and Irish mixed in. Whitacre's, Perkin's and Gregory's from England, Carey's from Ireland and Pritchard's and Jones' from Wales. The journeys of these families led most of them to central New York State where many were farmers, worked the railroads or on the infamous Erie Canal. Many of the women in these families were nurses. Much of this information was collected through research from census records, vital records, immigration and naturalization records, land records, wills and probate documents, cemetery records, family photos and newspaper articles. Joann also made many 'cold calls' to family members to introduce herself and explain the family connection. The result of this journey has led to finding new and wonderful cousins, lost family members, attending new reunions and finding a common interest in many of us to learn our family roots. All it took to spark the interest was an antique chest full of old dishes, eyeglasses, antique kitchen gadgets and other unique items. A lifetime interest and years of experience in ancestral research, collecting family stories through paper or oral history, Joann expanded her experience in lineage applications (she is a DAR), coaching, lecturing, heirloom preservation, photo identification, DNA interpretation and analysis and developing creative solutions for print and publication of family stories, trees, reunions, family keepsakes and their history. Being centrally located in the Albany, New York State area, she has easy access to all of New York's counties and town clerks, historical societies, all cemeteries, major libraries and archives. This includes major cities such as, Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia and New York City. The New England states are also very accessible.

Service Description:
DNA is a powerful tool in genealogy and creating your family tree, looking for lost family members and looking for family if you were adopted. Understanding the different tests available and how to interpret the results accurately requires expertise, patience and help from other DNA testers. We are discreet and always protect a customer's privacy. Services offered include: Helping to select the right test to take Helping you understand your results Identifying matches and understanding their relationship to you Developing family trees using DNA results Researching all possible DNA matches to determine your biological family Fully documented report discussing process, findings and potential next steps Family Heirloom Preservation & Photo Identification Family Tree Development & Research, Oral Histories Examples of services may include the following but it is not limited to: Lookup of a record in a repository you can't reach Photo taken of a family house, church, cemetery, headstone that you can't reach Begin development of family tree - interview will be required Vet any documentation or family pedigree chart you have that you think should be validated Coaching of different aspects of genealogy whether you are starting out, have hit a brick wall, or where to turn for your next steps Report of findings with full citations Assistance with Lineage applications Oral history of family members you wish to have preserved for future generations. This would include a transcript of our conversations. This also includes any veterans in your family where you wish to preserve their experiences. Development of a creative 'publication' that combines family charts, documents and photographs for future generations. For example: a book to document the family heritage of a newly engaged couple, a new baby, an upcoming milestone anniversary, the story of one family member in particular, the story of your family's immigration and/or migration, documenting a veteran's story with pictures of uniform, medals, awards, where they were stationed, fought etc.

Academic Degrees:
B.A. (Music/English) ; M.B.A. (50% Completed)

Professional Learning
BU Certificate in Gen Research

Research Specialty:
Adoption ; Colonial ; Emigration & Immigration ; Federal Records ; Government Publications ; Land Records ; Lineage Societies ; Mayflower ; Palatines ; Forensic ; Court Records ; DNA Specialist

Time Period Specialty:
18th Century ; 19th Century ; 20th Century

Geographic Specialty:
CT ; ME ; MA ; NH ; NY ; RI ; VT ; New England ; Boston ; New York City ; Philadelphia ; Quebec

Service Categories:
Technology ; Instructor ; Project Management ; Oral History/Interview ; Marketing Consulting ; Family Heirloom Preservation

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