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Genealogy Quote of the Week – G. G. Vandagriff

Today’s genealogy quote comes from award-winning author and genealogist, G. G. Vandagriff, and is taken from the Introduction to True Miracles with Genealogy, Volume Two.

G. G. Vandagriff

G.G. VandagriffG.G. is Gail Vandagriff’s pen name.  She is the author of twelve books. G.G. studied International Relations (Central/Eastern Europe), at both Stanford and George Washington Universities from 1965 to 1969.

Before becoming a writer, G.G. was employed in the following areas of expertise:
Hoover Institution as Research Associate and Editor
Harvard University as Assistant Treasurer
Fidelity Investments as Assistant Bond Analyst
Benjamin Franklin University as Instructor of Money and Banking
Continental Bank, Chicago and LA, as International Banker
Golden West College as Instructor of Economics
Southwest Missouri State University as Instructor of American Politics
University of Dayton as Assistant Director of International Programs

G.G.’s latest books are The Only Way to Paradise , and her Whitney Award winning volume, The Last Waltz. G. G. is also known for her genealogy mystery series featuring the intrepid Alex and Briggie. Her website is at

Genealogy Quote from G.G. Vandagriff

I don’t believe in luck or coincidence where family history is concerned. I do believe in miracles.

Genealogy Quote of the Week – Helen F.M. Leary

This week’s genealogy quote comes in a delightful video from YouTube – a message from preeminent family historian Helen Leary, CG (Emeritus), CGL, FASG, FNGS.

From Helen Leary’s 2003 Press Release

Leary is a Certified Genealogist (CG), Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL), Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists (FASG) and Fellow of the National Genealogical Society (FNGS) and was a member of the APG Board from 1989-90 and 1992-93.

She regularly performs “continuing service” in leadership roles at association functions, including its Professional Management Conference, according to the Smallwood Committee. A mentor to many members, she encourages professional activities through lectures, teaching opportunities and personal contacts.

Leary played a major role in establishing written professional standards, described in the The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. She has served as co-editor of North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History and contributor to Professional Genealogy: A Manual of Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians.

APG regularly presents the Smallwood Award, named after its first recipient in 1981, to a member who has demonstrated personal commitment and outstanding service to the association. APG, established in 1979, is the leading worldwide professional organization of genealogists and related professionals with more than 1,400 members.

On genealogy with Helen F.M. Leary

Helen Leary reflects on why people do genealogy and on the comforts that people find in researching their ancestors. In addition she touches on the unique experiences that researchers often encounter when researching their family tree — those spiritual moments, or  little touches of unexplained serendipity.

Enjoy the video!


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