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Hello!

I'm Bliss 

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What all of my past positions have in common is a love for working with people, whether it be solving a member's problem or celebrating a client's success.    Operating as a team to accomplish a task is what this service, Family History Coach, is all about.  I will be your informed guide and your biggest cheerleader.  Together we will formulate your research questions and develop a road map that will lead you to the answers.  Throughout this process, you will sharpen your research skills and experience the thrill of making new discoveries about your family.  

While living in Washington, D.C. in the 80ies and 90ies, I ran grassroots networks in the membership departments and lobbying arms of trade associations and nonprofits.  Being naturally organized was a benefit as I planned educational seminars and represented the organizations at trade shows all over the country.  During this time my volunteer activities centered around the Junior League of Washington where I perfected my abilities as a trainer.

In the early 2000's, my young family moved to Annapolis, Maryland and I left the workforce to care for them.   I played an active role in advancing my childrens' interests by serving on the Board of the PTA, as the manager of a travel soccer team, and as a Girl Scout Cookie Mom.  This was when I was bit by the genealogy bug and began documenting my family tree.  The first society I joined was the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2007.  

As my family matured, I signed onto be a professional Health Coach with Take Shape for Life/Optavia where I supported individuals on their weight loss journey.  My client base was from all over the U.S. and I offered services both in-person and virtually.  Believing in top-notch customer service, I built a sizable business before retiring in 2020. 

Qualifications

Experience

Membership

  • Board Certified Genealogist

  • 18 years of genealogical research experience

  • Written multiple proof arguments 

  • Discovered previously unknown lineages utilizing DNA analysis

  • Broke through a brick wall at generation 6 utilizing DNA analysis

  • Assisted adoptees to identify and locate birth parents using DNA evidence

  • Actively utilize these online tools:

    • Ancestry.com 

    • 23&Me 

    • Family Tree DNA

    • My Heritage

    • Wiki Tree

    • Family Search

    • DNA GEDCOM

    • GedMatch

    • DNA Painter

  • ​Actively utilize this software-based tool:

    • Family Tree Maker​

  • Member, Association of Professional Genealogists

  • Member, Maryland State Genealogical Society

  • Member, North Carolina Genealogical Society

  • Member, Augusta Genealogical Society

  • State DAR DNA Network Chair, Maryland State Society, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Chapter Officer and Past Chapter Regent, Peggy Stewart Tea Party Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Member, Advanced DNA Group, Anne Arundel County, Maryland

  • Member, Genealogy Group, formally of American Association of University Women (AAUW)

  • Member, The Plantagenet Society

  • Member, The National Society Magna Carta Dames

  • Member, The Jamestowne Society

  • Member, The National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America

  • Member, Patawomeck Indians of Virginia

  • Member, First Families of Maryland

  • Member, First Families of Massachusetts

  • Member, First Families of Pennsylvania

  • Member, First Families of Tennessee

  • Member, First Families of Alabama

  • Member, First Families of Mississippi

  • Contributor, Find A Grave

Get in Touch

(443) 336-9440

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