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Your ancestors lived, loved, married, traveled, worked, and died. Many records were left behind to help you understand more about them.

I have developed techniques and methods necessary to identify, understand, analyze, and solve complex genealogical problems.

Feel free to contact me for your family research needs!



A Mexican-American of Eastern European Descent

My name is Edgar, and I’m a professional genealogist whose goal is to help people uncover their roots and family histories. After researching and writing the biography Diving Deep for Sea Shells, I became interested in doing the same for my family.

Born in San Luis Potosí (Mexico) and raised in Chicago (USA), my origins are in Europe, the Americas, and Africa:

  • My maternal side hails from the British/Irish Isles, Germanic Europe, Croatia, and Poland.

  • My paternal side is mestizo – indigenous people of Mexico with Spanish and African ancestry.

My own family research prompted me to study and launch a professional career as a genealogist. After earning a Genealogical Research Certificate from Boston University, I began providing freelance services to businesses and individuals.

At present, I’m working toward:

  • Completing a Certificate in Genealogy Research and Writing at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC).

  • Becoming a certified genealogist through the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).

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Searching and retrieving documents that may not be indexed online


Developing and executing a plan to document families and relatives


Creation based on lines (maternal/paternal) and generations


Verifying that a family tree is accurate and providing additional proof if needed


Providing a summary with the original file (if available) for legal purposes


Ordering and renaming digital documents to make them accessible



Based in Salt Lake City, I have access to the Family History Library’s collection. They have about 1.4 million rolls of microfilm on-site, along with over 600,000 books, serials, and maps. While there’s plenty of information online, not everything is indexed.


I specialize in records from Illinois and Indiana. The collection “Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925” was the beginning of later discoveries. I’ve been able to create my family history from scratch and fine-tune it over time.

I’m happy to help people make a connection to their ancestors. It’s terrific to see clues light up on sites like, but those need to be analyzed to ensure they are indeed your people. It can be frustrating and time-consuming trying to repair incorrect data.

Family Photos in B&W


Continuing Education



  • Genealogy & Family History Writing (Salt Lake Community College)

  • U.S. Research (Salt Lake Community College)


  • Introduction to High-Tech Genealogy (Salt Lake Community College)

  • Find Your Polish Ancestors (Family Tree University)

  • Rootstech Conference (Salt Lake City)

  • Writing Life Stories (Salt Lake Community College)


  • Discovering Your Roots – An Introduction to Genealogy (Samford University)

  • Foundation for East European Family History Studies Conference (Salt Lake City)

  • Genealogical Research Certificate (Boston University)

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I’d love to hear from you!




(+1) 847-868-3604

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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