I am a research consultant and lecturer with almost thirty years experience in both genealogical and historical research, editing, writing, teaching, and lecturing.
Effective 1 February 2008, I will be Akamai University's Program Director for the Bachelor of Arts in Genealogical Studies.
I have a B.A. in history, with minors in Arkansas Studies and German, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Southern History, with fields in Colonial America and Anthropological Kinship Studies, from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
From time to time, I also teach an upper level course, titled "Genealogy and Southern History," as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
I'm a 1989 graduate of Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research: Course 5: Genealogy as a Profession. Since 2004, I've served as the coordinator of IGHR's Course 3: Research in the South, a course with a three-year cycle of courses, covering a wide variety of southern research topics.
For my complete curriculum vita and for my institutional affiliations, please click on "Curriculum Vita."
When I am accepting clients, my specialty is Arkansas research, but I'm also qualified to do research in other Southern states, particularly Texas. For the most part, I do research at the Arkansas History Commission (the state archives) in Little Rock and Clayton Library in Houston, but arrangements can be made for on-site research at courthouses or other archives. I also have a subscription to all Ancestry.com databases, and a wide range of other subscription databases as well. See my "Research Services" page for more information.
I'm also a member of the faculty of Akamai University, a distance learning institution that offers both a Bachelor of Arts and an Associates Degree in Genealogical Studies. You can access information about my courses and about the Akamai University programs through my Akamai University link.
A variety of lecture topics are available to conferences and workshops. I've presented many lectures and workshops at the local, state, and national level. For more information on my lecturing services, please see the "Lecture Topics" page for more details.
I'm also experienced in writing, compiling, and/or editing family histories or other written works. For further information, see "Writing and Editing Services."
The books and articles I've written are detailed on my "Publications" page, which includes links to PayPal and to other organizations that sell my books and articles.
Information from my database of over 8,000 individuals connected to the Keesee family (with a wide variety of associated surnames) can be found at the "Keesee Family" link. Access is free to all.
Another long-time major interest and area of research is Saline County, Arkansas (in conjunction with Grant County, which was created from Saline County in 1869), and information with helpful links can be found on the "Saline County, Arkansas" page.
A more personal biography can be accessed through the "Biographical Data" link. Also included on this page are links to my blog, my LibraryThing.com entries, and other personal links.
I hope you'll contact me with any questions or comments through the "Contact Me" link. I welcome your correspondence, although I cannot conduct free research via casual email inquiries. Sometimes, however, I can refer you to a particular source or resource person. And any information (with sources) on people related to the Keesee family will receive my full attention, at no charge.
Thanks for visiting. Regards, Carolyn