New RQG Member – Barbara Ball

14 Oct, 2021

New RQG Member – Barbara Ball

In November 2021 Barbara will graduate from the University of Strathclyde School of Humanities with a PhD in History with Genealogical Studies.  At present they hold a CG from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Barbara also has two Masters’ Degrees, one in Watershed Management and one in Geography.

Barbara lives in southern Arizona, about 60 miles from the Mexican border.  She has lived there most of her life, but was born in Montana, about 100 miles from the Canadian border. 

To quote Barbara:

“In my former profession I was a GIS analyst.  Consequently, I cannot walk by a map without stopping!  I am fascinated by the prospect of digitally recreating historic neighborhoods using maps, census, city directories, etc.  I do not have as much time to pursue this as I would wish.  I am a great fan of land records, historic maps, anything to do with water features, and topics which convey a sense of place and which lend themselves to spatial analysis.”

More genealogically, Barbara has skills in working primarily with American records in the 19th century; some particular strengths are in the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Vermont and New Jersey. 

Barbara currently works part-time for Tahitia McCabe as a tutor in the Strathclyde Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies program.  She enjoys this work, particularly working individually with the students.

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