Introducing Newest Associate Member, Bethany Waterbury

Bethany Waterbury has been actively researching her children’s family lines for the past eight years, which has allowed her to explore records throughout the US, Canada, England, Germany and Poland. Current areas of research of specialization include upper-Midwestern states such as Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada. The Library of Michigan, with one of the largest genealogical collections east of the Mississippi, is located nearby her, as is the Archives of Michigan with its vast collection of official state documents. She accepted work from her first clients in 2009 and since then has assisted many in their search to learn more about their ancestors. Her website for family history business is located at

Like many professional genealogists, her career path has been varied. She is a licensed veterinarian and has worked in both small animal clinics and humane societies. She has been a college instructor in Anatomy & Physiology for biomedical science and has a degree in Epidemiology and Public Health. Her varied background has instilled many of the characteristics of a good genealogical researcher–complex problem solving skills, creativity and curiosity, and the drive and determination to find answers.

She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogy Society and the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society. She is also a graduate of the Summer 2012 Boston University Professional Genealogy Certificate Program, and a current member of the online ProGen group. She completed the Forensic Genealogy Institute in October 2012 and looks forward to additional training opportunities at national institutes.