Knowing the past helps us to understand the present. My research into my ancestors and the random strangers I meet in the pages of century-old newspapers has taught me that though our clothing and hairstyles and even our language may differ from generation to generation and place to place, the human psyche has changed little in the last few centuries, and not much more in the last few millennia. This consistency of the mind and the heart has helped me understand my family and friends.
Let me help you find your family's past and in so doing find your own present.
APPLIED GENEALOGY INSTITUTE
Jill Morelli, Lisa Gorrell and started a new company, the Applied Genealogy Institute, offering practicum-based, multi-week institute courses. I am offering Irish Genealogy as one of our course offerings. See please see our website for more details. I hope to see you in class.
Mary Kircher Roddy, CG®, grew up in San Rafael, California. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from The University of California, Riverside in 1982 and a Master's in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 1984. She earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington in 2005. She was credentialed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in 2019.* She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a former treasurer for the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Mary became interested in genealogy in 2000 in anticipation of a sabbatical in Ireland where her husband was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Limerick. She was sure she would complete all her Irish genealogy while her husband taught at UL and her children attended Monaleen school. Two decades later, the genealogy is still a work in progress. But the trip to Ireland awakened something deep in her Celtic bloodlines, the Irish tradition of the Seanachi, the storytellers and historians of yore.
Mary has published articles in many publications including The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, NGS Magazine, Family Chronicle (now called Your Genealogy Today), Internet Genealogy, FGS Forum as well as society publications in the US, Australia and Canada.
Mary frequently lectures in Washington State as well as at conferences across the US on methodology and records. She is one of the founders of the Applied Genealogy Institute (appliedgen.institute).
She is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.
* Certified Genealogist (CG) is a service mark (sm) of the board for Certification of Genealogists® conferred to associates who consistently meet ethical and competency standards in accord with peer-reviewed evaluations every five years.
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