My name is David W. Gilmore, and I am a family history detective. I have been doing family history research since I was about 12 years old. It all started for me when my uncle gave me and the rest of my cousins a family history report he had created. I was fascinated by all of the names, dates, and photos I had never heard of or seen before.

I am also a lover of great detective stories. The mystery genre was one of my favorites as a kid, and still is to this day. And, as a genealogist, I get to use many of the same skills as a real cold case detective. Their cases are cold because the witnesses are no longer around. They have to rely on circumstantial evidence in order to recreate the who, what when, where and why of a crime. Now, we aren’t usually dealing with crimes in our investigation. But, after we go past the first couple generations of our family tree, we have to rely on indirect evidence and witness testimony just like the detectives do. We have to plot all of the information the various records tell us and develop a picture of the past. Just like a police detective.

I’ve started and stopped and restarted and corrected and recreated my family tree more times than I care to count. It is my hope that you will be able to learn from my mistakes so you won’t make the same ones I did. Doing genealogical research is a learning process that never ends. As I continue to grow my skill,s I intent to share my new discoveres with you so you can benefit from them as well.