Iowa native, Bonnie L Samuel, is the founder of Ancestor Research Iowa and offers genealogical professional research services to clients seeking historical records related to their Iowa ancestors. (Research may include sources in Kansas and Missouri as well.)
Bonnie is a family researcher, genealogical program developer and facilitator, and instructor. She has thirty years experience in genealogy research, and continues course work to build skills and broaden her knowledge of historical records and resources. She is currently enrolled in the American Genealogical Studies course at National Genealogical Society.
For the past five years, she has served as Education Chair for the Story County Genealogical Society (Iowa) where she developed ongoing genealogical programming designed to help participants achieve good research skills and an understanding of the principals of the Genealogy Proof Standard. This programming is co-sponsored and held at the Ames Public Library. Components of the programming are “Genealogy Plus,” a monthly education series with knowledgeable speakers and monthly “help sessions” offering individual research assistance. Also scheduled are special classes and workshops throughout the year. Attendance remains strong at all events! Bonnie also teaches a course in the fundamentals of genealogical research.
Bonnie was born and raised in Iowa and is experienced and familiar with the genealogical resources available through courthouses, libraries and archives in the state. Her own family research goes beyond Iowa, with family back to Colonial times in North Carolina, who then migrated through Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas.
She is a graduate of Drake University, Des Moines, with BA in Sociology, minor in Political Science.
The APG Code of Ethics and Professional Practices serves to promote: (1) a truthful approach to genealogy, family history, and local history; (2) the trust and security of genealogical consumers; and (3) careful and respectful treatment of records, repositories and their staffs, other professionals, and genealogical organizations and associations.