Researching Your Texas Ancestors and

Tracing Them Back to Their Eastern Roots

CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists used under license by board certificants after periodic competency evaluations. Certified Genealogist and the board name are registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

"The Short Line to Texas via the I&GN, R,R" is on the reverse side of a railway map show routes to and in Texas. Advertisement credits: Rand McNally and Co., Colonists' and Emigrants' Route to Texas, pamphlet (Chicago: The publisher, 1878); digital images, University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History ( : accessed 17 September 2016; crediting the University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Capabilities include:

  •  Tracing ancestral lines by correctly identifying family relationships.
  • Solving complex genealogical problems where no direct evidence connects generations.
  • Solving "the name's the same" situations.
  • Writing and editing biographical sketches and family histories.
  • Locating ancestral property.
  • Incorporating the use of DNA to complement research.
  • On-site research at Texas repositories.
  • Direct access to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. 
  • Access to a network of professionals throughout the U.S. for on-site research.

After Texas had become a Republic, there was a movement of people seeking opportunity by

way of free land. A new beginning. Thousands of people moved to Texas in its early years

and received land certificates. By 1880, the eastern half of Texas had almost 2,500 miles of rail line; by 1887, an additional 4,000 miles were laid. Especially important in the new migration was the federally-chartered Texas & Pacific Railway Company connecting St. Louis to Marshall, Texas; traveling west through Dallas/ Fort Worth, and on to El Paso. Each family normally left permanent records behind demonstrating where they had lived, who their associates were, and what relatives they migrated with. Those records make up a trail telling their story, not only in Texas but previous locations.

My mission is to provide clients with accurate research that meets the Genealogical Proof Standard. The Standard was developed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists to ensure sound methods are used and accurate results. I have been a professional genealogist since 1996 and have researched dozens of Texans—tracing them to their ancestors in the East. I specialize in locating the biographical information of those that settled here, then tracing the family back to their emigrant roots, along with the biographical information of those ancestors. Following well-worn migration paths and details unrecognized in previous research or newly discovered help solve long-standing problems.