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I have extensive experience working with records from New England and New York (colonial era through the early 20th century), and have experience also with records from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Eastern Europe – especially Slovakia and Lithuania (18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries). I have worked with documents that are written in English, Dutch, German, Latin, Hungarian, Slovak, Russian, and Slavonic. While living in New England in the 1990s, I was employed by the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, Massachusetts, to oversee the Edgar Francis Waterman Memorial Genealogical Collection that is housed at that library. I was responsible for cataloging the collection, enlarging the collection with new acquisitions, and assisting patrons in the use of the collection.
A proper interpretation of old records requires a knowledge of the historical circumstances of the time and place in which those records were created. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and a Master of Divinity degree concentrating in Historical Theology. For eight years I served as a professor of Church History in a theological seminary in Eastern Europe, and have done additional study in European and American political and social history. I therefore bring to my genealogical research a specialized knowledge of those secular and religious influences that impacted the communities and countries in which our ancestors lived, and that gave shape to the civil and ecclesiastical documents in which their stories are told.
Genealogical and historical articles that I have authored have been published in various journals, including the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The Winegar Tree, Ellis Cousins Newsletter, the Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, Lutheran Quarterly, Lutheran Synod Quarterly, and the Lutheran Sentinel. My work has also been referenced or cited in More Palatine Families (by Henry Z Jones), Even More Palatine Families (by Henry Z Jones and Lewis Bunker Rohrbach), Rohrbach Genealogy, Volume V: Johannes Rohrbach of New York 1710 (by Lewis Bunker Rohrbach), Lasher Lineage (by Eileen Lasher Powers), and Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 22: William Bradford (by Ann Smith Lainhart and Robert S. Wakefield). I have served as a speaker or presenter for numerous local and regional genealogical societies, and at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (on two occasions) and the Palatines to America National Conference (on two occasions). I am a member of the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists, of Palatines to America, and of the Governor William Bradford Compact.
SAMPLES OF MY WORK:
+ Major William Bradford’s Second Wife: Was She the Widow of Francis Griswold? (A noteworthy contribution to our knowledge of the second generation of a prominent Mayflower family [from which I descend], published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register)
+ The Balint / Balyi Family of Záhor, Slovakia, and The Meglisz / Meglész Family of Lekárovce, Slovakia: A Family History and Research Narrative (A report on research regarding some of my own ancestors in Eastern Europe)
+ Jeffords Family Research (A report on research regarding some of my own ancestors in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania)
If you think I might be able to help you resolve a particular problem in your own genealogical research, or if you would like me to trace your “family tree” for you, please contact me. Tell me what you already know (names, dates, places) and how you know it, and tell me what you want to find out. There is no charge for an initial consultation. My contact information is:
David Jay Webber
4837 East Melinda Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85054
Telephone: (480) 621-7394
REPORT FORMATS AND METHODS OF PAYMENT: Your genealogical research report can be printed on paper and sent to you by regular mail, or it can be sent to you in a digital format (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, or PDF), by email, or by regular mail on a CD-Rom. The report that I prepare for you will not simply present my conclusions, but it will describe the research that I did, and will explain the various factors that I weighed in reaching my conclusions. Transcriptions or translations of important entries in the original records will also be included, so that my conclusions and interpretations can be evaluated by you or others. I charge $30 per hour for research and preparation of the report, plus expenses (photocopying costs, library fees, etc.). Payment can be by check or money order, payable to “David Jay Webber,” or through PayPal by means of this link:
AUGUST 5, 2009