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Definition of Genealogy~

Question: What is genealogy, exactly? What tools or materials do genealogists use? Do genealogists specialize?

Answer: Genealogy is the study of families in genetic and historical context. Within that framework, it is the study of the people who compose a family and the relationships among them. 

At the individual level, it is biography, because we must reconstruct each individual life in order to separate each person’s identity from that of others bearing the same name. 

Beyond this, many researchers also find that genealogy is a study of communities because kinship networks have long been the threads that create the fabric of each community’s social life, politics, and economy.

Good genealogists use every resource and tool available, emphasizing original records created by informants with firsthand information. Genealogists have long studied economics, geography, law, politics, religion, and society in order to properly interpret records, identify individuals and relationships correctly, and place their families in historical context. The modern field of genetics has added another valuable tool to their intellectual toolbox.

Serious genealogists do specialize, as do all professional and scholarly fields, because no one can be an authority in all aspects of any subject. Some genealogists specialize in an ethnic group, some in a geographic region, and some in a particular type of resource such as military or immigration records. 

Some specialize in work with the legal system, others in medical research. The advent of genetics has created yet another specialty: genealogists whose expertise lies in the interpretation of DNA results and its application to genealogical research problems.

~From The BCG Genealogical Standards
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Deborah Hvizdos

Professional genealogist specializing in researching:
➢ American family histories
➢ American family histories with European lineages
➢ Corporate Timelines
➢ Proof of lineage applications

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Civil War Trust
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Public Relations and Media Chair, 2010-2013

VIS Chair (Volunteer Information Specialist), 2013-ongoing

Certificate of Appreciation, 2013

Certificate of Appreciation, 2013

Medal of Appreciation, 2014

SHF (Swan Historical Foundation)
Trustee, 2017 and Vice Chair, 2020

Martha Washington Award & Medal, 2017

Bronze Good Citizenship Medal, 2017

State President’s Award for Excellence, 2017

Founders Committee, Isaac Watson House, Public Relations, 2017

Outstanding Service VIS State Chair, 2014 & 2016

Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter, Vice Regent, 2016-2019

Outstanding Service VIS Chair, Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter, 2012-2017

Conservation Committee Certificate of Recognition for Good Stewardship Practices, 2017

Lineage Research Committee Outstanding Service Online Lineage Research Assistance, 2017

Shining Star Award Saving and Reconstruction of the NJDAR Website, 2018

Member of the Heritage Club, 2018

The Daughters of Liberty Medal, 2019

State Historian, 2019-2022

DAR Historic Preservation Award and Medal presented to Mayor Donald W. Burden, 2020

DAR Bronze Commemorative Marker - Honoring Revolutionary Solder Private Oliver Cromwell, 2022

NSDAR America 250 Revolutionary War Patriots Marker - Battle of Assunpink at Mill Hill Park, 2022

DAR Historic Preservation Medal presented to Roger S. Williams, 2022

Received the Women in American History Medal, 2022

National Vice Chair - VIS Administrator, 2022-2025

Specialty Research, Committee African American Research Team Member, 2022-2025

Public Relations Chair, 2022


NSDAR, Washington D.C.                          
Certificate of Completion DAR GEP I & II, Members Course, New Horizons, & Committee Leaders

 Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA                                                   
Certificate of Completion, Foundations of Genealogy I & II

Museum of the American Revolution
"Collecting the Revolutionary War" Conference 2022

South Carolina State Library 
​“African American Genealogy Webinar: Genealogy Research Strategies and Sources in Upstate South Carolina” 

American Ancestors/NEHGS - Webinar
“Researching Enslaved Ancestors”

New Jersey State Library                                                          
Certificate of Completion, "Researching Your Pre-May 1848 New Jersey Ancestors" and African American Cemeteries in New Jersey

New Jersey Crossroads of the Revolution, New Jersey Historical Commission and Morven Museum, Princeton, NJ   
Professional Development Conference, Sharing Untold Stories 

Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ                                                                                                        
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Alvin Community College, Alvin, TX                                                                                                                                               
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