Amy Crabill Lay
I am the President of AGHS-American Global Heir Search, a forensic genealogical company that locates missing heirs to estates, guardianships, and trusts. I am a certified Florida Pioneer Researcher and former chair of the Florida State Genealogical Society’s Pioneer Descendant Certification Program. Following in the footsteps of my great grandaunt, I am a proud and active member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. In 2015 I was honored to receive a commission as a Kentucky Colonel in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
My article, “The Successful Pioneer Application,” was published in the December 2013 edition of The Florida Genealogist. and my lecture “Florida Pioneers: Conquistadors, Colonialists & Crackers” was given through the Florida State Genealogical Society’s webinar series in 2013, as well as at the University of South Florida’s OLLI program.
Some of my favorite places to research are the National Archives (Washington, DC & Morrow, GA), Family History Library, Florida State Archives, Virginia State Library, and the DAR Library. It is with the deepest gratitude to many dedicated volunteers that I have researched in some amazing local history centers, libraries, museums, and, even, attics.
In addition to holding a B.A. (Art History) from the University of South Florida, I have studied at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and am a graduate of ProGenStudy Group 27.
Penny Burke Bonawitz
Hi. I’m Penny Bonawitz, a genealogist always in training. My grandmother used to tell family stories to me as a child and I was always fascinated by the tales. This led me to genealogy and I have been uncovering my extended family history for the past 30 some years. Oh, how I wish those ancestors could come back, just for a few, and answer some of my brick wall questions. Alas, I will have to continue to play detective and hopefully find the answers for myself one day.
I am one of the Two Blondes of Genealogy Happy Hour, co-founder of Ancestor Hunters (a local genealogy group), a member of the Chandler Family Association, and the Ohio Genealogical Society. I also help others in their family history research and genealogy training. It always amazes me what I learn when helping someone else track down their family history. Always something new.
I live in Tampa, FL with my wonderfully supportive husband Kevin. We have two fabulous kids who have moved out and on with their lives and at the moment do not share my passion but I am always hopeful.
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