Welcome to New Board-Certified Genealogist Clarise Soper

Clarise Soper

Clarise Soper of Heidelberg, Mississippi, became a Board-certified genealogist on 21 February 2014. She is an expert in Mississippi genealogy and loves working on families from the Civil War era.

A graduate of ProGen 14, Clarise says, “The program is invaluable because of the unbiased, constructive critiques you receive from fellow group members and guidance from the mentor—a Board-certified genealogist.” She recommends ProGen study to those who are thinking about becoming certified. Clarise is giving back to this study organization; she is now the Coordinator for ProGen 22.

Her genealogical heroes are Marcia Rice, her sister Beverly Rice, and Michael Grant Hait, Jr., CGSM, all of whom pushed her to think more analytically. It was Marcia she met first, in the food line. Clarise remembers lively discussions, nearly debates, with all three at the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research. Clarise also appreciates the support and coaching she got from Linda Woodward Geiger, CGSM, CGLSM, the Mentor for ProGen 14.

At the current time Clarise mixes both volunteer and paid work in genealogy. If there was one thing she would change, she would find more time for pro bono speaking engagements for the rural genealogical societies in Mississippi.

Clarise’s advice to those considering certification is this:

I probably hold the record for being “on the clock” the longest. I extended each time to keep my personal goal in the forefront while my life centered on being caregiver to my Mother who had Alzheimer’s. That five-year journey taught me patience and perseverance, attributes that helped me complete my portfolio. Don’t give up when life gets in the way of your dream!

 

 

Please Welcome Rebecca Koford as a Board-certified Genealogist

Rebecca Whitman Koford of Mt. Airy, Maryland, earned the credential of Certified GenealogistSM this month. Genealogy has been her passion since childhood. She has been working professionally as a genealogist since 2004.

Rebecca’s commitment to education includes completion of the NGS Home Study Course, NIGR, ProGen Online Study Group 4, and Advanced Methodology at SLIG. She lectures and teaches about family history research. Until she moved to Mt. Airy in 2010, she was Assistant Director of the Family History Center and an Instructor in genealogy for Howard Community College, both in Columbia, Maryland.

She is now the Director of Genealogy for Reel Tributes, a company that creates films on family histories. Her professional work includes Maryland and lineage research. Currently she is focused on lecturing about, and spreading the word on, the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions project sponsored by FGS at www.preservethepensions.org.  She can often be found at the Maryland or Pennsylvania State Archives.  She is grateful for the support of her three wonderful teenagers and very patient husband.

 

New Board-Certified Genealogist: Debbie Hooper of Delaware

The last day of 2012 saw the initial certification of the last Board-certified genealogist of 2012: Debbie Hooper of Delmarva Genealogy Associates, http://www.delmarvagenealogy.com/. Debbie is a full-time professional genealogist specializing in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

 As a young mother, I was fortunate enough to inherit a needlework sampler from my grandmother. I was certain that the sampler came from someone in my family’s past. Although the name of the stitcher was not known by any of my grandmother’s surviving relatives, I was sure that the sampler was created by a former family member.

That sampler began my genealogical quest. More than twenty years later, that same sampler hangs proudly on my living room wall directly over an antique table that also belonged to my grandmother. I found the family member who stitched that sampler not long after beginning my search. But one thing led to another, and the searching further and further back into my family’s history has not yet ended.[1]

As a professional genealogist, Debbie assists others in finding their family’s past with a full set of services, including research, writing, and publishing. She is committed to quality genealogical work and shows that commitment through her published resources, blog, and society affiliations.

Let’s welcome her as our newest associate!

 

 

 



[1] Debbie Hooper, About page, Delmarva Genealogical Research, 2012; http://www.delmarvagenealogy.com/about/ : viewed 30 Jan 2013.