The following persons are members of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and engage in professional genealogical research. The Society assumes no responsibility for their availability, schedule of fees, or the results of their work. All arrangements must be made directly with these genealogists or record searchers. Areas of expertise follow each name and address.
(Updated March 2015)
AMY E. K. ARNER, Arner Research, 218 Virginia Manor Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Specialty: Western Pennsylvania, particularly the greater Pittsburgh area
JAMES M. BEIDLER, P.O. Box 270, Lebanon, PA 17042
Specialty: Pennsylvania and German-speaking ethnics. Land records. Missing and unknown heirs.
CLAIRE VARRIEUR BUTLER, Lantern Genealogical Research Services
Specialty: Erie County, PA and surrounding areas; French-Canadian and British research; paleography
JOAN E COSSMAN, Who's My Line, 1505 Aberdeen Ct, Lansdale, PA 19446
Specialty: Family genealogy in SE Pennsylvania (Counties: Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Schuylkill, Northampton, Philadelphia), heir search, and Lineage Society applications (DAR, SAR, C.A.R., SR, DUVCW, DAC, Mayflower, Colonial Clergy, etc).
MICHAEL J. FOY, 700 Elkins Avenue, Unit C3, Elkins Park PA 19027
Specialty: Research in S.E. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
DEBORAH WHITE HERSHEY, 4535 London Ave., Elizabethtown, PA 17022-8734
Specialty: Central PA (NY to MD lines), Lineage Societies (DAR, SAR, SR, CAR, DUVCW, First Families of PA)
STEPHANIE HOOVER, 5806 Severna Place, Harrisburg, PA 17111
Specialty: Pennsylvania research specialist: state archives and state library searches, historical newspapers, court house and historical society searches, home histories.
MELISSA A. JOHNSON, Johnson Genealogy Services, LLC, PO Box 4312, Middletown, NJ 07748
732-365-2680, (fax- 866-525-9606)
Specialty: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and British research;
forensic genealogy, dual citizenship, lineage society applications; family
history writing, editing and publishing; genealogical lecturing.
CLAIRE E. KEENAN, 327 Harding Avenue, Milmont Park, PA 19033-3113
Bloodlines Genealogical Research Services
Specialty: 19th and 20th century New York, Philadelphia, and Trenton; expertise in Irish and Irish-American genealogy; experienced in English and German research.
GAIL McCORMICK, 940 Fern Trail, Crownsville, MD 21032
Specialty: 30 years experience; holds M.L.S. (Library & Information Science; Archives) ; M.A. (Public History); Cartographic ; Emigration & Immigration ; Federal Records ; Government Publications ; Historical Sites ; House Historian ; Land Records ; Library of Congress ; Naturalization ; Neighborhood Reconstruction ; Presbyterians ; Anglicans/Church of England/Episcopalians; 18th Century ; 19th Century ; 20th Century; DC ; MD ; NJ ; PA ; Mid-Atlantic ; Philadelphia ; Washington, DC ; England ; Wales; Anne Arundel, MD ; Burlington, NJ ; Chester, PA ; Delaware, PA ; Luzerne, PA ; Philadelphia, PA ; Washington, DC
KENNETH W. MILANO, 2313 E. York Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Specialty: Philadelphia families, particularly Kensington & Fishtown, as well as Presbyterian & Catholic families.
NORMAN DOUGLAS NICOL, Ph.D., P.O. Box 1855, Shavertown PA 18708-0855
Specialty: Pennsylvania, especially NE PA; England, Scotland, Germany, all periods, with experience in-country; paleography and reading old scripts from medieval to modern.
MICHAEL S. RAMAGE, J.D., Certified Genealogist, 720 Argyle Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096
Specialty: Forensic genealogy including missing and unknown heir cases, probate, trust, real estate and other law-related cases.
FRANK SOUTHCOTT, 381 Brookwood Drive, Downingtown, PA 19335
610 220 7926
Specialty: BS (Business); MBA (Business); BU Certificate in Gen. Research; Emigration & Immigration; Historical Sites; House Historian; Land Platting; Land Records; Migration; Presbyterians; Quakers; Scots-Irish; Irish American; Anglicans/Church of England/Episcopalians; 18th Century; 19th Century; 20th Century in Pennsylvania; Mid-Atlantic; Philadelphia ; British Isles; England; Ireland; Scotland; Wales. Also Historian; Lecturer/Seminars; Project Management; Oral History/Interview
CONSTANCE TAYLOR, MEd
Specialty: Colonial America, Lineage Societies, 17th, 18th, 19th centuries
Geographic Specialty: CT, MD, MA, NJ, PA, VA, New England, Mid-Atlantic, New York City, Philadelphia, Bucks County
Continuing Education: Boston University Genealogy Research Certificate Program
DAR Genealogy Education Program I, II and III
FRANCES W. WAITE, 90 Locust Trail, Newville, PA 17241
Specialty: Bucks, Lehigh, Northampton and Montgomery Counties, PA.
LORETTA A. WALLACE, 2310 Memphis St., Philadelphia, PA 19125
Specialty: Genealogy and records research in Philadelphia and nearby counties. Cemetery records & photos, church records, house photos and histories, Irish-American Catholic specialist.
In addition, if searching for a genealogist with a particular research specialty, please consult the Association of Professional Genealogists page.
Also, for additional information about how researchers become certified genealogists, visit the Board for Certification of Genealogists's website.