- Non-Research Specialties
- Oral Historian/Interviewer
- Research Specialties
- African American
- Court Records
- Land Records
- Research Provinces / States
- Alabama, United States
- Georgia, United States
- Illinois, United States
- Indiana, United States
- Kentucky, United States
- Mississippi, United States
- North Carolina, United States
- South Carolina, United States
- Tennessee, United States
- Virginia, United States
- West Virginia, United States
- Research Countries
- United States
- Research Time Periods
- 19th Century
- 20th Century
Cynthia Maharrey was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia before the turn of the century. Fascinated by the intricacies that make up her own family history, she has been researching and studying it since the late 1900's.
A graduate of Berea College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Cynthia also holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. Specializing in census, court, deed, probate, taxation and vital records research, her wheelhouses include the late 18th through early 20th centuries, with emphases on the state of Kentucky and African American research.
Cynthia has worked with individuals, attorneys, authors and more from California to New York in a variety of capacities. In addition to the usual genealogical research, she has created Kentucky-specific historical content, served as a coach in Trace’s Coaches Corner at RootsTech and appeared on the Travel Channel’s Dead Files.
A certified Kentucky Community Scholar, Cynthia was the Oral History Coordinator for the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, a joint project between the International Museum of the Horse, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
As a member in good standing of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Cynthia strives to abide by its Code of Ethics and Professional Practices and consistently exceeds its annual continuing education requirements. She serves on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Kentucky Genealogical Society and is a member of:
- ♦ National Genealogical Society
- ♦ African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky
- ♦ Florida State Genealogical Society
- ♦ Greenbrier County (WV) Historical Society
- ♦ Monroe County (WV) Historical Society
She is married to Michael, her rock. Between them, they have three adult children and currently reside in northern Florida.
Specializing in census, court, deed, probate, taxation and vital records research, Cynthia's wheelhouses include the late 18th through early 20th centuries, with emphases on the state of Kentucky and African American research. She provides the following services:
- ♦ Analysis of Research
- ♦ Consultation Service
- ♦ Document Assistance
- ♦ Instruction/Lecture
- ♦ Oral History Interviews
- ♦ Lineage Research Packages
Cynthia is quite comfortable conducting genealogical research in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. She also has experience conducting research in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Indiana and Illinois.
- Bachelor of Science (Business Administration)
- American English, British English
- Having extensive experience in many brick and mortar repositories such as archives, court houses, libraries, etc., Cynthia also utilizes over a dozen on-line repositories, some of which are for-fee sites, others are lesser known or difficult to navigate for the lay person.
- "Dear Cynthia, This is Great! Thank you for moving so quickly, this is a great help. I look forward to working together again soon."
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"You've been great to work with. Appreciate you taking the time to clarify...."
"Cynthia, Thanks for the good work. Thanks for your help."
"I want you to know that your work helped me move on further in my searches."
- ♦ Webinar: "Discovering African Americans in Kentucky Records Prior to 1870"
This webinar covers: things to consider before and during research, general information regarding antebellum African Americans in Kentucky and a dozen different records from the mid-1860s back to 1840 which hold genealogically significant information about free and enslaved African Americans
♦ Webinar: "Getting a Good Start, Things I Wish I'd Know about Genealogical Research Before I Began"
This webinar covers:
• Five things to consider before & during research
• The three R’s: Research, Records and Resources
• How to begin
♦Webinar: "The Calamity of the 1890 Federal Census"
This webinar covers:
• The where, when and how of the record loss
• Outcomes of the record loss
• Alternative sources of information
- Certificate in Genealogical Research (Boston University)
Community Scholar (Kentucky Arts Council)
- Memberships include the Association of Professional Genealogists, Kentucky Genealogical Society, the African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky, Florida State Genealogical Society, the Greenbrier County (West Virginia) Historical Society and the Monroe County (West Virginia) Historical Society.
- Business site: www.nameplacedate.com