Family History and Genealogy Services

Listed as one of the "50 Top Sites for Genealogy Research" by Internet Genealogy, Aug/Sept 2012

About Us was established in 2005 by Duane Bogenschneider. He currently serves as its primary researcher. Duane has an extensive career of working with historical materials in libraries and repositories, and through training and experience has strong research skills. Duane has worked extensively on his family genealogy and also on genealogical research for family and friends.  By taking an early retirement, he will now develop and offer genealogical research on a professional basis. He is currently going through the application process required to achieve formal certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Duane R. Bogenschneider


  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with concentration in German, Concordia Senior College, 1967.

  • Master of Divinity, Concordia Seminary, 1971.

  • Master of Library Science, North Carolina Central University, 1979.

  • Master of Information Science, North Carolina Central University, 1999.

Professional Experience

  • Volunteer worker in Ethiopia, 1971-1973. Worked in teaching, community development and agriculture, and supervised 15 literacy schools.

  • Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, Franklin, Virginia, 1973-1976.  Small mission congregation.  Also worked as library assistant in Franklin High School.

  • Editor, Microfilming Corporation of America (New York Times), 1978-1983. Organized and developed historical research collections for microfilming.

  • Vice President, Editorial and Product Development, Research Publications, Inc., 1983-1989. Worked with major libraries around the world in preserving historical books and manuscripts.

  • President, Signs Today (Bogenschneider Corp.), 1989-1994.  Founded and built a computer-based sign company.

  • Assistant to the Dean, Administration and and Enrollment Management, School of Library and Information Sciences, North Carolina Central University, 1994-2000.  Was responsible for students from admission through graduation in a graduate library program.

  • Head, Documents Branch, State Library of North Carolina, 2000-2001. Managed the North Carolina State Library Depository Program and FIND NC, an electronic gateway to NC government information.

  • Director of Operations, Preservation Resources (OCLC), 2001-2002.  Headed operation that digitized and microfilmed rare historical materials for libraries.

  • Library Collection Development, 2003-2005.  Developed library collections for Fayetteville State University and Bronx Community College.

  • Teaching, 2005-      .  Online course in library and information center management for the School of Library and Information Sciences, North Carolina Central University.

  • Professional Genealogist, 2005-     .   Owner of and primary researcher for


  • The Gerritsen Collection of Women's History, 1543-1945 : a Bibliographic Guide to the Microform Collection. Edited by Duane R. Bogenschneider. Sanford, N. C. : Microfilming Corp. of America, 1983.
     "Possibly the greatest single source for the study of international women's history and the feminist movement." 4,500 book titles and periodical runs, about half are in English. Guide provides broad category and name access.

  • Pamphlets in American History: Mexican War, 1846-1848.   Sanford, N.C. : Microfilming Corp. of America, 1980. Guides edited by Lisa A. Derfler, Duane R. Bogenschneider, Paul J. Bain, Henry Barnard, and Michael J. Matochik. Microfiche copy of material in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, published 1842-1888, concerning the annexation of Texas, acquisition of California, extension of slavery, Mexican War and Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Mostly Congressional speeches, but also included are military records and lists, Court of Inquiry investigations, veteran's legislation, reunions, regimental histories, petitions, sermons, letters and miscellaneous ephemera. 

  • Pamphlets in American History: War of 1812.  Sanford, N.C. : Microfilming Corp. of America, 1980. Guides edited by Lisa A. Derfler, Duane R. Bogenschneider, Paul J. Bain, Henry Barnard, and Michael J. Motochik.  Microfiche copy of materials in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.


  • Extensive experience in working with and preserving historical materials in libraries and repositories.

  • Strong research skills in working with electronic, print and manuscript materials.

  • Knowledge of German language.

  • Over ten years of experience in working on family genealogy.  See

  • Strong computer skills and expertise in web development.