I'm Ann D. Watson, your Vermont family genealogist and family story writer. I became a professional genealogist after researching my own family for many years. I hold a Certificate of Study from the Genealogical Research Program at Boston University and a certificate from the ProGen study group, a collaborative program which helps deepen professional and research skills. As a professional genealogist I combine a love of Vermont genealogy research and history, thirty years of experience helping
and teaching library patrons to find and analyze information and great books to read, and my enjoyment of writing and visual art.
I grew up in a large family of artists and writers. My ancestors were doctors, mill workers, farmers, mothers, business people, and educators from England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, and Holland. When I was 21, a family reunion brought me together with my elderly cousin Jean. Jean gave me one whole branch of the family tree going back to my Scottish great-great-grandparents. The information Jean gave me that warm summer day was the beginning of my odyssey into my own family history.
education and training
2021, Creative Nonfiction: Historical Narratives
2020, Creative Nonfiction: "Writing From Photographs"
2020, National Institute for Genealogical Studies: Social History
2020, Research Write Connect Academy: "The Write Stuff II: Advancing the Story"
2019, Research Write Connect Academy: "The Write Stuff: Telling the Story"
2017, completed the ProGen Study Program
2017, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), "From Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write Proof Arguments"
2016, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), "Diving Deeper into New England"
2015, Certificate of Study, Boston University Genealogical Research Program
2015, National Genealogical Society course "American Genealogical Studies: The Basics"
Master of Education in Library Media Education, University of Vermont
40+ graduate credits
B.A. in History, University of Vermont
Librarian for 30+ years
Duty, Family, Perseverance: The Story of William Watson. Ann D. Watson: 2019. Available here.
I have worked with several genealogists, and without a doubt Ann's work exceeds the others. Ann goes above and beyond to understand the client's needs and engages in the research process wtih enthusiasm. Not only is Ann a top professional... she connects with her clients in a warm and friendly way. The final report was beyond what I expected. — Cindy S., New Hampshire
Thanks for all the great work! My aunt and mother and I are all thrilled with ALL of the work you've done on our family. — Elizabeth M., Vermont
I wanted to let you know how truly happy I am with your research. Your work is truly amazing! It was all so well organized, which made it easy for me to go through, digest, and understand. — John C., New York
This report was great! For a subcontracting project, you definitely provided what I needed: a clear list of what was searched and what was not, and why; citations for what you found; and any known research issues. — Bryna S., Connecticut
I am most definitely pleased ... The process of working with you throughout has been a valuable learning experience for me. — Julie P., New Jersey
We hired Ann to research town records for a DAR application. She was thorough, thoughtful, and detailed in her research, and offered suggestions on how to proceed. We appreciated her timeliness in completing the job. Well done and thank you, Ann! — Jacqueline R., Washington state
The interactions were very professional ... The report is very thorough and I like the footnoted style... Nothing but positive feedback! — Mike W., California
"Thanks Ann for your thorough and professional report ... I appreciate the documents you have provided." — Ted S., Missouri
"I want to thank you for a job well done! Your bibliography was amazing ... Thank you for a professional job done in a timely manner." —Nancy S., Maine
"I'm very satisfied with the quality of your work and would like to continue with this later if I run into a DNA brick wall ...I do truly appreciate the great work you've done." — John R., South Korea
"The scholarship and attention to detail in [the report] is of the first order." — [name withheld for privacy], Massachusetts