Bethany Waterbury, owner of Next of Kin Research.
I was first bitten by the genealogy bug in 2004 after my first son, Sullivan was born. As I held that tiny bundle in my arms, I felt a sudden connection to the ancestors who had come before me and made that miraculous event possible. Instead of napping when he napped, as the parenting experts all advised, I was busy spending hours online learning more about the people and events that uniquely came together to make Sully a reality.
I accepted work from my first clients in 2009 and since then have assisted many in their own search to learn more about their ancestors. More recently, I discovered that genetic genealogy combines my love of research with my scientific background into an intriguing, rapidly evolving field. As I continue to work with adoptees and others with unknown parentage, combining DNA testing with genealogical research to identify birth families, I feel that my work has even more significance than before.
Like many genealogists, my career path prior to genealogy has been varied. I am a licensed veterinarian, have taught anatomy and physiology to college students, and have training in public health and epidemiology. I also engaged in genetic research during graduate school, and therefore have a deep understanding of the uses of DNA in genealogy research. My varied background has instilled in me many of the characteristics of a good researcher - complex problem-solving skills, creativity and curiosity, and the drive and determination to find answers.
Lectures & Television
- March 2015 - Instructor at the Forensic Genealogy Institute's "Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown Parentage Cases" Course with CeCe Moore and Angie Bush.
- August 2014 - Genealogy researcher and appeared on camera as a genealogical expert on The Travel Channel's "Dead Files" Season 6. See a clip here.
- July 2014 - Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar at Archives of Michigan - "He Said, She Said: Divorce Records and the Family Historian"
- April 2014 - Lansing Family History Seminar - "He Said, She Said: Divorce Records and the Family Historian" and "Locating Living Relatives: The Challenges of 20th and 21st Century Research"
- September 2013 - Genealogy researcher for the Detroit episode of PBS's "Genealogy Roadshow"
- Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy - "Getting More Out of Genetic Genealogy Research: Intermediate to Advanced DNA Analysis" Course; January 2015
- Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh - "Practical Genetic Genealogy" Course; July 2014
- Working with Autosomal DNA Results (completed May 2014)
- ProGen Study Group (completed February 2014)
- Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy - "Researching New York: Resources and Strategies" Course; January 2014
- APG Professional Management Conference; January 2014
- Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference - Fort Wayne, IN; August 2013
- Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research - "Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies" Course; June 2013
- Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy - Forensic Genealogy Institute; October 2012
- Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University (completed August 2012)
- Numerous local seminars and lectures.
- Appointed to the Genetic Genealogy Committee, February 2015
Editor of the bi-monthly newsletter "Forensic Genealogy News" since December 2012
- Board Member and Secretary, March 2015