Diane L. Richard

Owner MosaicRPM & co-owner GenWebinars & Tar Heel Discoveries - Speaker, Author, Researcher, Editor
Mosaic Research & Project Management

  • Family History Research
  • Speaking / Presenting
  • Writing /Publishing

  • Family History Research
  • Heraldry / Lineage Societies

  • Family History Research
  • Methodology & Resources
  • Available for in-person events
  • Available for virtual events

  • Author/Writer
  • Editor

  • House Historian / Local History
In 2024, Diane celebrated 20 years of providing genealogical research services via MosaicRPM, focusing on southern (especially North Carolina), African American, and migratory ancestors.

She is currently editor of the NCGS Journal (since 2016) and previously was editor of Upfront with NGS (Blog) and Wake Treasures (WCGS Journal)

From 2006 to 2023, she was a regular contributor to Internet Genealogy & Your Genealogy Today (previously Family Chronicle), writing over 600 articles, and in 2019, she published Tracing Your Ancestors -- African American Research: A Practical Guide via Moorshead Publications.

As a speaker, she has delivered webinars and in-person talks about the availability and richness of records documenting southerners, pursuing formerly enslaved ancestors and their descendants, genealogical research tips, techniques, tools, and strategies, under-utilized resource collections [online and on-the-ground], and much more. She has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (Bryan Cranston episode).

She is co-owner of GenWebinars, www.genwebinars.com, which started in 2024. This company offers live, in-depth, interactive genealogy webinars direct to consumers. Genwebinars combine the convenience of individual genealogy webinars with personal interaction and in-depth content from online courses and institutes.  Each session is as long as needed to explain a topic in detail and is followed by an interactive question/discussion period allowing everyone to contribute.  There are no subscriptions or long term commitments, just sign up for only what you want, even if it’s part of a series.  Each webinar is scheduled multiple times to help ensure everyone can attend, and accessing everything associated with a webinar, such as the meeting link, handouts, and surveys, is a breeze.

She is a co-leader of Tar Heel Discoveries, www.tarheeldiscoveries.com, which started in 2018. This company offers guided North Carolina genealogical research programs, providing participants with targeted, focused research assistance that leads to new family discoveries.

She is 1st VP of NC Historical Records Online (NCHRO), http://nchistoricalrecords.org/, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public access to high-quality images of original records and other related information applicable to researching North Carolina history and genealogy.

Southern United States
Based in North Carolina

I was impressed with how much you found in a short time." (N.H.)
"Wow!!!! What a fantastic report. I can't wait to show XXXX's family. I would love to go back further like you suggested ... Thank you so much. It is an amazing how much info. can be found." (C.O.)
(M.A.B.) It was great working with you and everyone at the hearing was impressed with your work.

See http://www.mosaicrpm.com/published articles.html for a list of many articles. For a complete list of articles (written for Internet Genealogy/Your Genealogy Today/Family Chronicle, NCGS Journal (editor and sometimes author), Wake Treasures (was editor & sometimes author), Archive.com, NGS, and beyond, reach out to the author.

Too many topics to list here. See profile for Genealogical Speakers Guild, https://www.genealogicalspeakersguild.org/directory-of-members/user/138/ 

Any repository within 1.5 hrs of Raleigh,  which includes and is not limited to Joyner Library @ ECU, North Carolina State Archives,Olivia Raney Local History Library (Wake County), Perkins Library @ Duke, Smithfield Heritage Center, State Library of North Carolina, UNC-CH, Wilson Library

  • 20th Century
  • 19th Century
  • 18th Century

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
[historically] NC Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists (NCAPG) [now defunct]
Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG)
National Genealogical Society (NGS)
North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS)
Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS)
Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS)

MBA (Business), ME (Engineering)