Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dawn Bingaman, and I’m the author and researcher behind the Ancestor Roundup blog. My main goal at Ancestor Roundup is to share my genealogical research with extended family, and to demonstrate sound research techniques and technology tools that other researchers can follow, using my own family research as a jumping off point.
Although employed full-time in the Information Systems and Technology field, I spend the bulk of my free time as a genealogical researcher and mentor, based in the Seattle area. Working with United States military records, land records, maps and period newspapers are of particular interest to me.
I compiled my first five-generation pedigree chart for a Girl Scout badge, and have never tired of hearing the family stories and looking at old family photographs over the years. I am particularly grateful to my father and maternal grandmother for starting me down the path to what has become a deeply fulfilling hobby.
From 2007-2010 I chaired the Computer Interest Group of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS-CIG). I ultimately left that position to devote more of my energy to transitioning from serious hobbyist to professional genealogist. Part of that transition includes attending week-long genealogical institutes. I have attended all four major genealogical institutes available in the United States. They are:
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy – Salt Lake City, Utah
Advanced Methodology (2011), course coordinator Dr. Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA
Advanced Research Tools: Land Records (2012), course coordinators Rick Sayre, CG, and Pamela Sayre, CG
Bridging the 1780-1830 Gap: From New England to the Midwest (2013), course coordinator D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Researching New York: Resources and Strategies (2016), course coordinator Karen Mauer Jones, CG, with Jane E. Wilcox.
Virginia from the Colonial Period to the Civil War: Her Records, Her People, Her Laws (2017) course coordinator Barbara Vines Little, CG with Victor Dunn, CG.
Slated for 2018: The Pennsylvania German and Research in the Keystone State, with Michael Lacopo.
Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research – Birmingham, Alabama
Military Records Research II (2011) and Military Records Research III (2012) courses coordinated by Craig R. Scott, CG. This series of classes covered United States military records from the colonial period through World War I.
Metes & Bounds & Land Plats (2016), course coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Smith, CG of Pennsylvania Genealogy Research Services.
National Institute on Genealogical Research – Washington, D.C.
Held annually at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. It is an intensive week-long series of classes focusing on Federal Records, coordinated by the late Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CG. Completed July 2013. Beginning in 2016, this institute will be known as Gen-Fed.
Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Gateway to the Garden State: Sources and Strategies for New Jersey Research (2017) with instructor Melissa A. Johnson, CG. and Michelle Chubenko.
My roots are primarily based in the Pacific Northwest, American Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and New England states, and I am usually planning one of my vacations based on where I need to research next. To date, I have conducted on-site research in eleven states, and in Washington, D.C. Now to convince a traveling companion that Trenton, New Jersey is the can’t miss vacation spot!
Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) since 2010
National Genealogical Society (NGS) since 1997
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) since 1997
Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) since 2003
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) since 2015
Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS) 2014-2015
Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) 1986-2015
“Skill-building II: Introducing the Chronicling America Historic Newspaper Website.” Seattle Genealogical Society Bulletin 62 (Spring 2013): 87-93.
“War of 1812 Bounty Land: Legislation and Records.” Seattle Genealogical Society Bulletin 63 (Winter 2013-2014): 21-30.