… to Ancestry Puzzles. I am Terry Vaughn Skaug, a genealogist with over 30 years of professional experience. Puzzles are my passion. Whether I am filling the grid of a crossword, the squares of a Sudoku, or fitting together the pieces of a jigsaw to form an image, I delight in the challenge. Researching genealogy to fill the branches of a family tree is my favorite puzzle.
As interest in genealogy grows, so does the number of ancestry websites. They are a quick way to start researching family; but online data is limited. No company offers all the information needed to identify and confirm several generations from various locations.
Discovering the correct “John Smith” for a family requires multiple sources of confirmation. I travel Central and Northern California to explore files at government agencies, libraries, churches, newspaper archives, etc., to locate documents validating information. To fulfill photographic requests, I hike cemeteries hunting headstones, markers, and memorials. In person, or via Skype, I interview people to record their personal stories.
As a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, I abide by APG’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices and the APG Mailing List Code of Conduct. Through my membership in the National Genealogical Society, I utilize their educational options to increase my knowledge and skills.
Contact me to discuss how my experience may solve your ancestry puzzles. I can do the research, help you get started on your own project, or help with a specific issue.