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Genealogical and Family History Researcher/Coach
Working with Carol was a valuable experience. Her insightful questions helped me bring into focus what I hoped to accomplish in the world of genealogy. The transition from hobby to professional genealogist was not a smooth one for me. Carol's expertise helped me clearly define the genealogical specialty in which I wished to work and what types of genealogical activities suited me best. In addition, I have more solid goals for my work and feel more capable of reaching them. My commitment to the field of genealogy has been reinforced through my work with Carol.
--Barbara J. Ball - Genealogist & GIS Analyst

Working with Carol McCoy was delightful. Together, we shaped a strategy for uncovering the secrets of my family tree buried deep in the history of Maine. With a high degree of professionalism, Carol produced a picture of our family history that brought early generations to life. My family is indebted to her for connecting us with our past.
--Jeremy Travis - New York City

I became interested in genealogy some years back, but in spite of my efforts with ancestry.com (and my own sleuthing), I kept coming into roadblocks that simply dead-ended. I'd work hard for awhile and then stop - this went on for years (perhaps you know the feeling). Our family always thought that we came from Scotland, but I could never get further back than a few generations to the middle of Maine in the mid-1800's. Thinking I could use some professional assistance, I found Carol McCoy through the "Maine Genealogical Society.

I worked with Carol McCoy in late 2007 and throughout 2008 regarding the Rogers lineage that took us, not to Scotland, but to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The Rogers trail extends back to Ireland and likely Scotland and we will explore that later. Carol is great and the amount of information she uncovered in a very short time was amazing. She got me pictures of gravestones and the lineage back many generations in a matter of weeks to months. She was very thorough and had great detective skills to uncover relationships. She provided us with constant updates. Ultimately we invited her to join us on a genealogy vacation to Canada last summer so she could act as our guide to our past. It was a fun and worthwhile experience. She has even presented the work she did on the Rogers lineage in a couple of conferences. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her services.
--Alan Rogers, M.D. - New Mexico

Thank you for your recent help in breaking through a brick wall for me. Your enthusiasm and immediate attention were very much appreciated. The result of your efforts was handled in a professional manner. It was very quick with next steps thoroughly outlined.
I will recommend your services to any person who is stumped or looking for hard to find information. Thanks again.
--Peter L. Higgins - Greene, Maine

Last year I decided I wanted to find my father's family. I knew I would have to find a professional to help me since I had virtually no information about him. I contacted Carol McCoy and she tackled the task like a true detective. Within a relatively short amount of time, she was able to put together a family history that I would never have had otherwise. As it turned out, I have cousins I never knew about.

Carol truly has a passion for genealogical research. She pursues a client's desire and need to connect with the past with the same zeal she has pursued researching her own family. She is a professional, discerning and intuitive. Her ability to uncover even the smallest of clues and thereby find new clues is remarkable. She is persistent and determined to find the answers that are so vital to her clients.

It is a difficult balance between delving into someone else's family history (and secrets) and at the same time, respecting a client's privacy. Carol has a great deal of integrity and just the right amount of empathy, having no need to know anymore than is necessary to continue her research. Confidentiality is paramount and I would never give this a second thought where Carol is concerned.

Because of Carol's high personal and professional standards, I will ask her to continue research on my mother's family. I feel fortunate to have found someone who has such a passion for her work and a keen desire to help others discover their past.
-- Sue Leonard

When you need help on your family genealogy and are at a loss about what to do next, I recommend Carol McCoy, Ph. D.

Carol, a professional in every sense, is proficient in strategies and research. She is fully aware that that "surfing the databases on the internet" is NOT research. Carol is resourceful in her investigating, using first hand, primary sources whenever they are available; systematic in her approach, using multiple sources, considering the reliability of each in her search; and thorough, an attribute that I strongly admire. Carol is a cautious detective, striving always for accurate information and conclusions. Fully schooled and proficient in her skills, she is passionate about accuracy.

Not only is she well trained as a genealogist, she is well experienced. As a past educator and fellow researcher, I commend her for the manner in which she applies the skills of her profession. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking assistance in genealogical research.

Very truly yours,
Marge Merrill Devine -Past President Falmouth Historical Society, and Publisher of The Falmouth Historian

When I retained Carol McCoy to help locate some of my long-lost ancestors, she traveled 1200 miles over Maine roads visiting many town halls and court houses to research my 19th century ancestors. She uncovered new information that was most helpful to me. I found her research to be very professional, thorough and exceptionally well-organized. I recommend her highly for anyone researching for their roots.
-Colonel Charles Preble, Virginia

I hired Dr. McCoy to find my Canadian ancestors who lived in Nova Scotia. It turned out that there were two James Hutchinson's who had wives with the same first name. She was able to untangle this complicated situation to discover my loyalist ancestors. She is a true professional who does excellent, thorough and accurate work. I would highly recommend her for genealogy and family research.
-Jim Allen, Maine

For many years, various family members attempted a genealogy of the Harden family of central New York State. Since I was a full time employer of Harden Furniture Company, I needed to hire someone to help build on the research started by another professional, who had passed away. I hired Carol McCoy to search for John Harden, who was the father of our branch of the family, to find out about his life and his country of origin. I am sure that Carol was the best we could have had! We now have authenticated records of the family's early history and evidence that John Harden came from Scotland.

Working with Carol McCoy is fun. Her fees are very fair. Her interest never flags, and she becomes part of her family under study. She is an enthusiastic and very professional researcher. And she provides complete documentation to her clients.

I would be happy to receive any inquiry from an interested person in having Carol do a genealogy for him or her.
Ann Harden Babcock (McConnellsville, NY)

Dear Carol,
Working with you to find out the secrets of my ancestors has been really fun. Some of them turned out to be really good people and others very interesting characters, like the indentured servant who came to America to work of her hanging crime of theft. The tremendous stamina to go into what I would consider unknown wilderness is something I very much admire. Thanks for giving me all the information.
-Ellen Sutton (Evanston, Illinois)

I contracted Dr Carol McCoy to research elements of my family History in Maine. It was very difficult to achieve a great deal from Australia where I live. Carol proved to be an efficient and reliable source of documents relating to my family and I was very grateful for her thorough and helpful skills. I would thoroughly recommend Carol to all those home genealogists who want to fast track their research with someone who gets right to the source of the information.
-Dr. David Nelson Crockett
Mt Eliza Victoria, Australia

Genealogy Workshops and Presentations
Creative Ways to Solve a Genealogy Problem--where to look when they are not in the census or vital records
Participant evaluations included the following comments:
-"Dr. McCoy's presentation was excellent. So much helpful information and presented so well. Very motivating."
-"Dr. McCoy made me really interested in the Mitchell family. Excellent presentation."
-"Excellent. Incredible."
-"McCoy was great."
-"Very interesting story; wonderful presenter."
-"Wonderful speaker; great choice; fabulous!"

Using Tax Records in Genealogy--How Taxes Can Be a Good Thing
Talking about tax records is no easy matter, but Dr. Carol P. McCoy accomplished her task with assured confidence and vast knowledge of the material to be discussed! Dr. McCoy is a professional! She knows her material well and keeps the subject light without being boring. She encourages the idea of searching tax records for answers to family research and to provide new details about life styles. She explains why tax records are not to be over-looked for people who have come up against "brick walls" and who need answers about their families' past.
Well done Dr. Carol P. McCoy!
Virginia B. Link, Governor
Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Maine

Using Tax Records in Genealogy -- How Taxes Can Be a Good Thing
Thank you so much. Your presentation on Using Taxes in Genealogy was really top notch! You were personable, presented information in a very accessible way, and clearly have a depth of knowledge about many kinds of genealogical records. Great program! I know everyone got a lot out of a relatively short amount of time. I went home after your presentation and started mining Ancestry.com in a much more sophisticated way and immediately found two very cool tax records for a couple of my forebears. Amazing and immensely satisfying.
All the best,
Katie Murphy,
President North Yarmouth Historical Association

Carol McCoy's workshop, Crafty Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems, was a huge hit with my group. She showed us new strategies to find those lost relatives. The workshop was very informative and attendees are asking when she is coming back. One even spoke to a board member about what a great workshop it was! Thanks Carol. Can't wait to have you back.
K Hartsgrove
Newport Cultural Center
Board Chair

"Foundations of Genealogy" - Boston University Certificate Program in Genealogy
Carol McCoy taught the first module of the Boston University Certificate Program in Genealogical Research during its summer session in 2009. From the start, it was apparent that she was a skilled communicator with years of experience in the art of instruction. Carol adeptly covered the topics of evidence, sources, and the Genealogical Proof Standard laying a solid foundation for the ensuing class modules. She was knowledgeable, helpful, and a joy to learn from. I very much look forward to attending her future conference lectures.
Alexandra Stocker
Principal, Tracelines Research

"Creative Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems"
part of the "Come Spring Conference" Camden, ME 6/9/2009 We were pleased to have Carol speak at the 2009 Come Spring Conference, which was attended by more than 60 people representing midcoast Maine's historical societies, museums and libraries. Carol's presentation "Creative Ways to Solve Genealogical Problems" was fascinating, and her enthusiasm for the topic was contagious! Her real-life experiences kept her presentation lively and informative, and I learned many time-saving research tricks to help steer our customers around those genealogical brick walls.
Heather Bilodeau
Director of the Edward J. Walsh History Center at the Camden Public Library

Re: Maine-Canada-Ireland Connection (20 Sep 2008 in Westbrook, Maine)
Recently I had the opportunity to attend the New England Family History Conference in Franklin, Ma where Carol Mc Coy, PhD was a presenter.

Carol's class on The Maine-Canada-Ireland Connection--Seeking Rogers' helped me greatly in the approach that I have been taking to do my own genealogy of the Rodgers family in New Brunswick. She took us on a step-by-step search back in time with all the sources that she researched on a Maine ancestor. The class helped me by giving me ideas about where I should look for more information and gave me the right questions I should ask.

After the class, I went to the Ancestors Road Show for a 15-minute one-on-one conversation with Carol. We discussed my individual research and the area I should approach next. She suggested that I do more investigations with the Catholic diocese, home owner's records, city directories, and vital records of my ancestors.

With Carol's suggestions, I am confident that I will find much more information than I was able to find on my own. After talking with her, I am hoping that my research will take me to Ireland. I appreciate Carol and her efforts in helping me, as well as others, in tracing their roots.

Ginni Burke, New Hampshire

Re: Strategies for New England Research (9 Sep 2008 in Auburn, MA.)
Hello Carol,
I so thoroughly enjoyed your presentation on Strategies for New England Research at the Worcester Chapter of the Mass Society of Genealogists in Auburn. Through your enthusiasm and humor, you have given me a fresh perspective to my research. I was particularly in need of your suggestions on organizing my research. Through my family lines I seem to find myself jumping around and often lose my focus.

Your topic was especially valuable to me as 99% of my ancestors are New England based. Previous to that they came from England in the 1600-1700's.

Again, I was really encouraged by your presentation and look forward to hearing you speak again.

Thank you, Elaine H. Benjamin

Carol McCoy spoke at the MSOG-Worcester Chapter on September 9, 2007 in Auburn,MA. She gave a wonderful, stimulating lecture on Strategies to use on New England Research! Her lecture was organized, detailed and beneficial to both new and experienced researchers. I would like to hear her lecture again in the near future. Carol is an enthusiastic speaker!

Karen Trearchis

Carol's presentation to our chapter was excellent! She facilitated a discussion on the often-intimidating subject of public speaking, entitled "Keys to Successful Presentations." Not only was it interesting and helpful; it was fun! She has a real talent for drawing people into a discussion.

Diane Florence Gravel, CG
President, New England Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists

Thank you for doing your talk on Sound Strategies for New England Genealogy Research for our historical society. It was a lot of fun and very informative. Your enthusiasm is contagious! You can really tell you thoroughly enjoy what you do. The response from the group after the meeting was very positive. Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon!

Mary Anderson, Program Committee Member,
Limerick (Maine) Historical Society

We were pleased to have Carol McCoy as a speaker at our 2007 conference [Maine Genealogical Society 2007 Annual Conference]. She is a dynamic speaker whose enthusiasm in genealogical research is readily apparent and contagious. Carol's delivery of material, no matter its complexity, is well-grounded and straightforward. Her presentations are very easy to relate to because she makes extensive use of real-life experiences and examples to illustrate the subject matter. I have sat in on a couple presentations by Carol at other events and would pretty much sum up the experience as "Exciting and Motivating!"

Dale W. Mower
President, Maine Genealogical Society

Dr. Carol McCoy was the main speaker at our Sixth Annual Genealogy Conference in August 2007. She also did a workshop in the morning. All the comments from participants were very positive with no negatives - they said they learned a lot and that the handouts were extremely helpful. Carol was very organized, easy to talk to, on time and very prepared. Our Chapter would not hesitate to ask her to speak again.

Marilyn Dennis, Regent
Silence Howard Hayden Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution

Hi Carol, Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your talks today (Making the Most of the Census and Enriching Genealogy with Memorabilia.) You are so enthusiastic! Just makes one want to go home and get started on new things. I always learn something new at each conference. As always, I appreciate that you think 'outside of the box' and talk about some of the less used sources. You make it very clear that good documented research is not completed overnight, but takes a lot of well thought out work. So many thanks for all your work.

Janice Gower, Frequent contributor to Maine Families in 1790 and a member of the Maine Genealogical Society Executive Committee

Course: Finding Your Roots--Unpuzzling Your Past.
A wonderful experience which generated new information as well as new findings. I have taken a course with Carol before. She has "ways to wonder" that are most helpful. - Deborah Goss

Course: Finding Your Roots--Unpuzzling Your Past.
Thumbs up for this course. The instructor was well prepared! - Harold E. Leland

Course: Finding Your Roots--Unpuzzling Your Past.
Carol is a very knowledgeable instructor. She brings her passions and sense of humor to every class. Great tips and ideas on how to get started. This course is great for beginners and anyone who's been working for years in the field. I'm more focused after taking her class. - Cindy Legassie

Course: Finding Your Roots--Unpuzzling Your Past.
This course helped me better understand possible resources and where to look. It is rich in case studies so it brings a good sense of reality. - Barb Hager

Dear Carol,
I wanted to send this note as a way of thanking you for the many benefits that I received from your genealogy class. You guided me toward the appropriate research tools and infused my research with an energy and excitement that I had not felt before. I will recommend your classes and professional services whenever the opportunity arises.
Thank you so much,
Debbie Goss

Dear Carol,
I have been working on my genealogy. From what I learned in the class I've made two big discoveries. I found out the name of the ship my grandfather came to the U.S. on. (It was called the United States of all things!) This is something I've wanted to know for 20 years! I also wrote to the New York Vital records for my great grandparents' marriage certificate. I received it a few weeks ago, and for the first time I know what their parents names were. It felt really good to have these successes, both in terms of the genealogy and just being able to take and enjoy a class!Thanks so much for your help.
-Carole Starr

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