300 St. Mary's Lake Road
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017-9771
Certified Association Executive (CAE).
Four Editorís Choice awards in Southern California Genealogical Society writing contest.
Publishing cemetery transcription books.
Editing family histories.
Citing sources professionally.
Finding ancestral villages on maps.
Seeking publisher for How to Prepare Cemetery Transcriptions for Publication.
With Sue Stuever Battel. "Scavenging for Ancestors" chapter in Honoring Our Ancestors: Inspiring Stories of the Quest for Our Roots by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak. Orem, Utah, Ancestry Publishing, 2002: 64Ė68.
"Civil War Veteran Will Not Be Forgotten." Generations vol. 13, no. 5 (April/May 2001): 63.
"Common Genealogical Abbreviations." Generations vol. 14, no. 3 (January/February 2002): 30.
"Common Genealogical Terms." Generations vol. 14, no. 3 (January/February 2002): 30.
"Creating a Living Legacy." Lutheran Woman Today vol. 14, no. 5 (June 2001): 8-11.
"Creating Effective Queries." Generations vol. 14, no. 3 (January/February 2002): 32.
"Detroit 300 Celebrates Early Settlers." Generations vol. 13, no. 1 (August/September 2000): 83.
"The German Language." Generations vol. 14, no. 4 (March/April 2002): 53.
"German Translation." Generations vol. 14, no. 4 (March/April 2002): 52-53.
"How to Find Your Ancestors on a Map." Generations vol. 14, no. 4 (March/April 2002): 49-51.
With Sue Stuever Battel. "Make Hunting for Your Past a Fun Family Affair." Generations vol. 14, no. 4 (March/April 2002): 64.
"Reading Old German Script." Generations vol. 14, no. 4 (March/April 2002): 48, 51.
"Ship Photos Available by E-Mail." Generations vol. 15, no. 4 (March/April 2003): 52.
"Typing German Characters on a Computer." Generations vol. 14, no. 4 (March/April 2002): 52.
"Women in the Military." Generations vol. 14, no. 6 (July/August 2002): 74.
"Review of Locating Your Roots: Discover Your Ancestors Using Land Records by Patricia Law Hatcher." Generations vol. 17, no. 3 (January/February 2005): 5.
"Review of A Genealogistís Guide to Discovering Your Germanic Ancestors by S. Chris Anderson and Ernest Thode." Generations vol. 15, no. 1 (September/October 2005): 89.
Membership Promotion Folder:
"Searching for Your Ancestors?" Calhoun County Genealogical Society. 2002-2012: 8 panels.
2002-2003 Annual Report. Calhoun County Genealogical Society. 2003: 12 pages.
"Searching for Your Ancestors." Calhoun County Genealogical Society. 2003. Showcase display kits for Family History Month.
Generations, the newsletter of the Calhoun County [Michigan] Genealogical Society. 2000-2003.
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