Valerie became fascinated about her family history while still a young girl. Family tradition had it that her great, great grandmother was an Indian princes, (a story started by said grandmother no less).
Raised in a family that moved like migratory birds, Valerie latched onto this story. She spent hours reading about horses and Indians – just in case the tribe should ever need her to come and take her rightful place on the throne.
By the time she found out that there was no such thing as Indian royalty, it was too late – she was hooked.
Valerie is a professional family history researcher, presenter, writer and lover of great stories. She uses her background and training to help others find the joy of knowing their own story and preserving it creative and meaningful ways.
Valerie is the chief researcher and founder of her own research firm where she specializes in finding family history stories and leaving a legacy. Valerie has worked at the famed Family History Library in Salt Lake City as an international research consultant and has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Valerie is frequent speaker and has presented both nationally and internationally on a variety of subjects related to family history research, technology and finding family stories.
Valerie blogs about all things related to family history and making memories on her blog FamilyCherished.com.