• M.S.L.S., Library Science – University of Kentucky – Focus: Special Collections/Archives
  • B.A., History – University of Kentucky, magna cum laude


  • Kentucky Historical Society: Frankfort, KY, 2011-present
    Program Administrator: Head of Library and Archives, Editor of Kentucky Ancestors
  • Fincastle Designs, 2011-2018, Part-Time  
    Owner/DBA: Freelance research/marketing/social media/public relations business
  • Pastology, LLC: Acton, MA, 2009-present, Part-Time (In Development)
    President/Co-Founder/Marketing Coordinator
  • University of Kentucky Libraries: Lexington, KY, 2000-2011
    Interlibrary Loan – Lending Manager
  • Bourbon County Schools: Paris, KY, 1993-2000
    Library paraprofessional/Substitute Librarian/Technology Coordinator

Book Chapters:

Genealogy and the Librarian: Perspectives on Research, Instruction, Outreach and Management (McFarland Publishers) – 2018 – Editors: Vera Gubnitskaia & Carol Smallwood. Forward by: D. Joshua Taylor. Available on Amazon! 

  • Chapter: Genealogy Literacy: Helping Patrons Build Stable Trees through Information Literacy Standards
  • Chapter: Crowdsourcing Genealogy with Tea and Sympathy: Outreach Approaches that Instruct and Engage

Discovering Our Past (Hopewell Museum Education Committee) 1999

  • Chapter: Oral History

Article Highlights:

  • “Project Management Software”, FGS Forum, Vol. 29, Num. 4, Winter 2017
  • “Brick by Brick: Building Your Brick Wall”, Kentucky Ancestors (Print), Vol. 48, Issue 2, Winter 2013
  • “Brick by Brick: Tips for Dismantling Your Brick Wall”, Kentucky Ancestors (Print), Vol. 48, Issue 3, Spring 2013
  • “Shadows of Eastern State Hospital”, Ace Weekly, Lexington KY, December 2010

TV Appearances:

  • “Blue People Roaming the Hills”, Mysteries at the Museum, Travel Channel, March 2014
  • Kentucky History Treasures, WTVQ, 36 Lexington, KY, 2014-2016 (T.T. Wendell Collection, R.B. Stone Collection)
  • Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall, KHS, 2017/2018 (In Development)

Speaking Highlights: (See ‘Speaking’ Page for upcoming sessions)

  • Kentucky Roots Revealed: Statewide, Regional, and National Resources for Finding Kentucky Ancestors. National Genealogical Society Conference, St. Charles, Missouri, May 2019
  • Deconstructing the Neighborhood: Using the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps to Understand Your Ancestors’ Communities. National Genealogical Society Conference, St. Charles, Missouri, May 2019
  • Past Forward: Tech Tools and Strategies for Sharing Your Family History Through a Consumable Genealogy Plan. RootsTech Family History Conference, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2019.
  • DNA and the Construct of Identity: Assisting Genealogy Patrons with DNA Questions, Kentucky Library Association Annual Conference, Louisville, KY, Sept 2018.
  • Keynote: The Family Archivist – Preserving Your Heritage & Lunch session: Technology for Research, Northern Kentucky Family History Conference, Church of LDS, 144 Buttermilk Pike, Lakeside Park, Kentucky, Oct 2018.
  • “Fostering Genealogy Literacy through Virtual Engagement”, ACRL Virtual World Interest Group (Association of College and Research Libraries), Community Virtual Library, March & April 2018 Annual VCARA Conference (Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration), SJSU: San José State University, Second Life
  • “The Mad Hatter: Managing Your Many Duties Through Project Management Software,” “Navigating the Draper Manuscripts: Paths of Migration,” & “Outdated Outreach: Breathing New Life into our Outreach Approach,” Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Pittsburgh PA, Sept/Oct. 2017
  • “The Memory Ninja: Using Pinterest to Engage Your Family in Memory Collection”, National Genealogical Society Conference, Richmond VA, May 2014
  • RootsTech 2014“Piecing Together History: Crowdsourcing Events to Glean the Most Out of the Current Generation”, RootsTech Family History Conference, Salt Lake City UT, February 2014
  • “Genealogy Literacy: Providing Reference Services to a Patron Base in Transition”, Kentucky Library Association Conference, Louisville KY, September 2013
  • “The E.E. Barton Papers of Northern Kentucky”, National Genealogical Society Conference, Cincinnati OH, May 2012
  • “Virtual Collaboration: Exhibits & Educational Events at the University of Kentucky Libraries in Second Life”, Poster session, The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, American Library Association Island (SL), March 2010
  • “Educational Uses of Second Life in Kentucky”, Panel Presentation, Kentucky Library Association Conference, Louisville KY, September 2009

Committee Appointments:

  • Secretary, Second Life Virtual Genealogical Society, 2019
  • KDLA Local Records Grant Review Committee, 2018-present
  • KLA Chair, Genealogy and Local History Round Table, 2015-2018
  • Harrison County Heritage Council: Board Member/Committee Chair, 2013-2016



  • “Genealogy Journey: Finding Our Ancestors, Discovering Ourselves”, Second Life Exhibit, Community Virtual Library, Cookie Island, July-September 2018
  • “Unbridled History: Celebrating the Horse Industry of Kentucky”, Second Life Exhibit, University of Kentucky Island, March 2009
  • “Stitching Pieces of Time: Kentucky Quilting Traditions and the Wade Hall Quilt Collection”, Second Life Exhibit, University of Kentucky Island, November 2008