It’s always a highlight of our day here at “Genlighten World Headquarters” when new lookup providers register with our site and create their first lookup offerings. We plan to introduce you to some of our providers this year by posting occasional e-mail interviews with them on our blog. Today’s post profiles Carrie Henry, who goes by the username CarolinaAncestry on Genlighten.
From CarolinaAncestry’s Profile:
Carrie has a master’s degree in Public History and eight years of genealogical research experience. She lives near the State Archives in Raleigh, North Carolina and is an active member of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, where she currently serves as book review editor. She’s also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). Her archaeological expertise brings a unique perspective to her research efforts.
Nine Questions with CarolinaAncestry:
1) How did you get started doing genealogy lookups/research?
I began researching my own family history in 2001 and immediately became hooked. Through my “day job” at an archaeology/cultural resources firm I was able to incorporate genealogical research into quite a few of the projects. My love for genealogy and the desire to help others is what has led me to provide lookup and research services.
2) Do you have a genealogy superpower? If so, what is it?
I don’t think I have a genealogy superpower… I try to be open and honest with people about my limitations and capabilities. However, I think I do provide a slightly different viewpoint since I developed my genealogical skills while conducting archaeological studies.
3) Describe a tricky research problem you’re particularly proud of having solved.
I was very proud to have assisted a lawyer in his attempt to prove heirs to an estate. This was a challenging project because the surname was one that was spelled many different ways in various documents. Ultimately, I was able to find proof that the individuals claiming to be heirs were telling the truth.
4) What are the ideal elements you like to see in a well-formulated lookup request/research query?
I find queries that are limited to a few specific goals and with details including full names, birth and death dates, and locations (city, county, state) easy to work with.
5) What’s the most interesting record source or repository you’ve utilized in your area?
I have the privilege of living very close to the NC State Archives; needless to say the archives holds some amazing records. However, I find data from the Office of State Archaeology or the State Historic Preservation Office quite useful in “fleshing out” someone’s family tree.
6) What technical tools do you use to produce the digital images you provide to clients?
I sometimes utilize Family Tree Maker to organize data. I often use a digital camera and scanner to provide electronic files for clients.
7) Any new lookups you’re considering offering?
Not at this point. I am still working on building a client base and want to focus on families with ties to NC.
8) What advice would you give to someone who wants to get started as a lookup provider?
Join your state and/or local genealogical society and get involved. You can learn so much from your colleagues. Attend conferences as much as possible. Take advantage of professional memberships like APG who will post your information on their website as well.
9) What other passions do you pursue when you’re not at the archives doing lookups/research?
I keep working on my own family research and that of my husband’s. I spend time with my cats and stepson. I also read for pleasure and like to bake.
Lookups CarolinaAncestry offers:
Carrie offers lookups covering Land Records held at the North Carolina State Archives. She’s one of several providers on Genlighten who offer North Carolina genealogy record lookups.