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Debbie Parker Wayne, Certified GenealogistSM, Certified Genealogical LecturerSM

Debbie Parker Wayne

Debbie Parker Wayne earned a Certified GenealogistSM credential in 2010 and a Certified Genealogical LecturerSM credential in 2013. Since 1964, the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has licensed certificants who demonstrate proficiency in all areas of genealogical research and analysis. See the brochure Why Hire a Board-Certified Genealogist and the BCG Web site for more information.

Debbie is a full-time, professional genealogist experienced using DNA analysis, as well as more traditional techniques, for genealogical research. She is a Trustee for the BCG Education Fund and the Texas State Genealogical Society's DNA Project Director. She is a past board member and Advocacy Committee Chair of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and past president of the Lone Star Chapter of APG.

Debbie is the course coordinator for the Practical Genetic Genealogy at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is a DNA instructor for the Forensic Genealogy Institute sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. She has presented at the National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences, Angelina College (Lufkin, Texas) Genealogy Conference, Family Tree DNA Project Administrator’s Conference, Southern California Jamboree DNA Day, courses at IGHR, and workshops on genetic genealogy and traditional research.

Debbie won second place in the Dallas Genealogical Society’s “Writing Competition 2012” and third place in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors’ “2012 Excellence in Writing Competition.” Her publications include articles in APG Quarterly, Digital Genealogist, NGS Magazine, Texas State Genealogical Society journal Stirpes, Dallas Genealogical Society journal Pegasus, and others.

Debbie has worked on multiple genealogical television series. In 2008, before the recent popularity of genealogy-related shows, Debbie worked on an episode of the Canadian series Ancestors in the Attic. This episode featured the descendants of a slave family in Smith County, Texas, who had migrated to Canada. In 2011 Debbie worked on an episode of the PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. featuring a descendant of another East Texas slave family. This episode with Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University, was broadcast on 29 April 2012.

Debbie’s DNA research focuses on client projects and on research into her own family project which includes Y-DNA, mtDNA, X-DNA, and autosomal DNA studies. Her traditional research focuses on Texas, the Southwest, and the Southern U.S.

Debbie lives in East Texas with easy access to the Dallas Public Library and Houston's Clayton Library, Center for Genealogical Research, as well as the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F. Austin State University. In addition there are several large university libraries, the Texas State Library and Archives, LDS Family History Centers, and many East Texas county courthouses within easy travel distance.

Genealogical training includes:
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR):
    • "Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis" taught by Elizabeth Shown Mills, Helen F. M. Leary, Craig R. Scott, and Dr. John Philip Colletta (2003).
    • "Land Records" taught by Christine Rose, Birdie Monk Holsclaw, and many others (2005).
    • "Writing and Publishing for Genealogists" taught by Helen F. M. Leary, Dr. Thomas W. Jones, Dr. John Philip Colletta, and many others (2006).
    • "Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries and Government Documents" taught by Ben Spratling III, Ann Fleming, Kay Freilich, Chuck Sherrill, and Claire Bettag (2007).
    • "Advanced Military Research III: Mexican War and Civil War" taught by Craig R. Scott, Rick Sayre, Pamela Boyer Sayre, and J. Mark Lowe (2008).
    • "Professional Genealogy" taught by Elissa Scalise Powell, Dr. Thomas W. Jones, J. Mark Lowe, and others (2009).
    • "The Five Civilized Tribes: The Records & Where to Find Them" taught by Linda Woodward Geiger, Dr. Debra Osborne Spindle, Anita Finger-Smith, Angela Walton-Raji and others (2013).
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG):
    • "Advanced Methodology" taught by Dr. Thomas W. Jones, Claire Bettag, and Rick Sayre (2011).
  • National Archives Workshop offered by the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (Fort Worth, 2011).
  • Forensic Genealogy Institute offered by the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. Debbie taught the "Forensic Techniques for Genetic Genealogy" sessions (2012, 2013, 2014) and attended:
    • Foundations in Forensic Genealogy (2012).
    • Advanced Forensic Analysis (2014).
  • "American Genealogy: A Basic Course" (Completed with a grade of A) offered by the National Genealogical Society.
  • "Kinship Theory I," a college level genealogical course, taught by Dr. Carolyn Earle Billingsley.
  • ProGen Study Group – a nineteen-month collaborative group study program using Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. In addition to completing the course work, Debbie was the coordinator for the second study group formed.
  • Numerous seminars attended during national and regional conferences such as FGS, NGS, GENTECH, Angelina College Genealogy Conference, and others.

DNA training includes:
  • Family Tree DNA Annual Project Administrator's Conferences for multiple years.
  • Self-study and non-credit courses on biology and genetics.

Computer training and experience includes:
  • Web design, HTML, JavaScript, PHP, C Programming and many UNIX and PC administration and support classes.
  • Database design and administration for Oracle, Access, and MySQL.
  • Numerous institutes and seminars attended during 25 years in the industry.

Memberships in genealogical organizations include:

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