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Forensic Genealogy

Theory & Practice

A new book, co-authored by Michael S. Ramage, JD CG, and Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG, is now available for pre-order.

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Our Team

Meet our team of dedicated professional genealogists
Our professional genealogists are all highly skilled and experienced, and a Board-certified genealogist is involved in every project. In addition to our core research team, we utilize a network of professional genealogists for document retrieval at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, in every U.S. state, and in many countries worldwide.

Legal Kinship Research Team

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Catherine Becker Wiest Desmarais - Certified Genealogist® and Owner

Catherine coordinates kinship research to assist attorneys with probate and realty cases and to support the US Army’s repatriation efforts. Read more about Catherine here.

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Linda M. Hunter - Forensic Genealogist / Research Manager

Linda  is the current vice-president of APG’s Forensic Genealogy Special Interest Group. A retired naval officer living in Maryland, she holds a certificate from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and master’s degrees in applied mathematics and space systems operations.
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Debra Koehler - Forensic Genealogist / Administration

Debra holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies, a B.A. in Speech Communications, a Genealogical Research Certificate from Boston University, and two forensic genealogy certificates. Debra worked for more than 35 years as a television writer/producer.

Repatriation Kinship Research Team

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Ruy A. Cardoso - Certified Genealogist®

Ruy, a Certified Genealogist since 2010, has researched or supervised more than 400 military repatriation cases since 2015. A long-time resident of the Boston area, Ruy has served as a board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists.
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Mark A. Wentling, MLS - Certified Genealogist

Mark, who is from Boston, MA/Providence, RI, has more than 25 years of research experience.  He has researched over 100 WWII and Korean War soldiers since 2017, covering all fifty U.S. states, Canada, and Germany.
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Craig Roberts Scott, FUGA - Certified Genealogist®

Craig, who has been a Certified Genealogist® for over 25 years, is a retired naval officer living in North Carolina. He is skilled in military records and genealogical problem-solving and focuses on assisting our researchers in locating family members.
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Amber Goodpaster Tauscher

Amber’s quest to reconnect with relatives lost to time began in 1996. An Arizona resident, she specializes in military repatriation cases and other legal matters. Amber has served in a variety of genealogical leadership positions and teaches at institutes and conferences.

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Asa K. Gage

Asa of Woodstock, Georgia, is a retired management consultant and Vietnam veteran. With a degree in American history, Asa has more than 30 years genealogical experience and holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.

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Claire M. Varrieur

Claire of Massachusetts, has researched the families of nearly 300 WWII soldiers since 2018. She earned a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and has more than 25 years of genealogical research experience.

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Laurie Sleeper, JD

Laurie, a former attorney, became a professional genealogist in 2013 after researching her family for 40+ years. She solved many forensic genealogy cases prior to focusing on military repatriation work in 2019. Laurie lives in Colorado.

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Jenny Rizzo Irwin - Certified Genealogist®

Jenny, a New York resident, specializes in reconstructing families for legal and military repatriation cases. She holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and master’s degrees in educational psychology and criminal justice.
Jacqueline Zapp-Albin | Stone House Historical Research

Jacqueline Zapp-Albin

Jacqueline, a CPM-retired, holds certificates in Forensic Genealogy from the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Following a career in healthcare, she specializes in reconstructing family lines for legal and military repatriation cases.

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All Stone House Historical Research, LLC Associates are proud members of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).