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 Michael Elwood Pollock, M.A., A.P.G  

Experience:   

Genealogical/Clerical Staff, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC (July, 1974-Sep., 1977)

   Verifying the documentation and accuracy of application while at the DAR, I had opportunity to work with records from every region of the United States with the exception of Alaska, Hawaii and its territories and even of France as the Society has a chapter in Paris.

Partner, Lineage Search Associates, Arlington, VA (Aug., 1977-Mar., 1989), & Mechanicsville, VA (Mar., 1989-Dec., 1999)

Owner, Anquestory Genealogical Research & Consulting Services, Where the Quest to tell your Ancestral Story begins...., Mechanicsville, VA (Jan., 2000-present) 


Contact Information:

Address: P.O. Box 300, Mechanicsvlle, VA 23111

Phone: 804-871-6307

Email: GenealogyPro@RicVa.net

website:http://www.anquestory.com


Specialties:

Virginia/West Virginia: I knew little of my paternal ancestry before joining the staff of the DAR, but learning that so much of the same was concentrated in Virginia, it was natural that I could specialize in the same if only for the chance to learn more about my own famly. I relocated my business in 1989 from Arlington (metro DC) to Mechanicsville (metro Richmond) because I not only have access to all state level records in the public domain I may need, but to most local records well into the 20th century, meaning that I am rarely incur travel expenses.

Forensic: working primarily with attorneys and persons acting in a legal capacity, to identify those persons who are heirs/persons of interest in probate/intestate proceedings, as well as determine if land can either be used in the manner desired by an owner or prospective buyer and what steps can be taken to allow it to be used in such a manner.


Education:

College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, B.A., 1973.   

(Note: While I earned degrees in both Government & Russian Area Studies, I was awarded only the latter because degree requirements/guidelines at the time did not recognize it was possible for me to achieve what I did in the manner I did. Though those requirements/guidelines were later changed, I failed to petition to have my Government degree recognized retroactively.

Georgetown University, Washington, DC, M.A., Russian Area Studies, 1978

(Note: I was actually admitted to the Ph.D. program but left for financial reasons after completing work on only my M.A. Though my background would seem odd for my specific genealogical specialties, I feel that my knowledge of both the Russian language and Cyrillic alphabet gives me a better understanding than most genealogists of how/why names can be misspelled


Honors/Awards:

Correspondent of the Day, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, 12 Nov 1999

Marquis' Who's Who in the South & Southwest, 1997-1998

Who's Who in Genealogy & Heraldry, 1990

Order of Kentucky Colonels, 1989


Memberships:

Association of Professional Genealogist (Charter Member)