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Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG

Sandy has been certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1993. She is Past President of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) 2005-2008, past member of the Board of Directors of APG 2005-2008. A past winner of the National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Contest, she was the 2009 winner of the prestigious Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Speaking Topics Available

Finding Forgotten Females

Strategies for identifying “the lost ladies” in your lineage

Jump the Pond

Tracing Immigrant families

Online Books & Primary Documents

Find the ever-widening world of original text records and books

Keeping Track of Your Research

Cut through the clutter, turn piles into files.

A Family Affair: How To Plan and Direct the Best Family Reunion Ever

Plan, produce, and publish for a memorable occasion. Developed from Sandy's book of the same name

Writing the Family History

Creative concepts for a lasting legacy. You can do it!

Yankees, Come Home!

Guide to New England research.

There be Many Devils: Salem Witchcraft Trials

Myths vs. historical facts. Politics and personalities.

You Can Research in Washington, DC from Home

Access familiar and lesser-known repositories from the comfort of your home office

Early Lighthouse Families

Original records in National Archives reveal fascinating facts about these brave keepers, their families, and their place in history.


Six colorful presentations for:


New England, Chesapeake Bay, Florida, Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest, Gulf Coast.

Women Lighthouse Keepers and the Civil War

Seven brave women from Maine to Florida face personal hazards and heartaches - an inspirational and moving account

New topics can be developed as requested.

Speaking Highlights

National Genealogical Society Conferences:
Richmond, Virginia 2007

Federation Of Genealogical Societies Conferences:
Fort Wayne, Indiana 2007

New England Regional Genealogical Conference:
2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013

Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research
 Samford University
adjunct faculty 2005, 2007

Professional Memberships

Association of Professional Genealogists
Member, Board of Directors 2005-2008
President, National Capital Area Chapter 2005-2008
Vice President, National Capital Area Chapter 1996-2000

Board for Certification of Genealogists
Certification Renewed to 2018

Genealogical Speakers Guild
Director 2001-2003

National Genealogical Society
Life Member
Past Member, NGS/FGS Records Preservation and Access Committee

National Institute on Genealogical Research Alumni Association
President 2000-2004
Treasurer 1998-2000

New England Historic Genealogical Society
Life Member


Sandy's research has been published in:
National Genealogical Society Quarterly
Vermont Genealogy
The Maine Genealogist


Articles and columns have appeared in:
APG Quarterly
The Computer Genealogist
Genealogical Computing
Digital Genealogist


A Family Affair : How to Plan and Direct the Best Family Reunion Ever

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Pirates of the Southern Coast

Pirates Southern Coast History Treasure Blackbeard Stede Bonnet  Clunes PB 2002 

 Contact Information

For speaking engagements outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, please e-mail with details to receive a proposed contract for services. I have my own LCD projector and can tailor presentations to run 30 or 45 or 60 minutes.

For research assignments, please e-mail with details of the proposed project. 

Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG
6 Briardale Court
Derwood, MD 20855-2027



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BCG grants certification to qualified applicants in three categories.
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This page last updated 18 January 2014