About Deborah Harvey


An engineer and defense intelligence analyst by training and career paths, Ms. Harvey applies the same logical analytical approaches used throughout her career to successfully address genealogical challenges and ‘brick wall’ problems. Her research projects have spanned most of the United States with particular emphasis on Virginia and surrounding states.  She has conducted research on families with origins in Scotland, Ireland, and Canada and consulted with The Learning Channel's (TLC) "Who Do You Think You Are?"  Her true joy comes in not only Identifying a family's lineage, but uncovering the family's history as documented in deeds, chancery court records, court records, order books, manuscripts, newspapers and other resources and providing clients with an appreciation and understanding of their family's roots.


Education and Training


Genealogical Research Institute Pittsburgh (GRIP)

  • Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy, 2016.

Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, 2016.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)

  • Advanced Genealogy Practicum, 2016.
  • The Coaching Lab: Forensic Genealogy from Inquiry to Affidavit, 2017.

Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group, 2015."

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research

  • "Understanding Autosomal DNA," 2015.
  • "Genetic Genealogy for Professionals," 2015.
  • "Preparing the Field (Agricultural Census Records)," 2014.

National Genealogy Society

  • Home Study course (now American Genealogical Studies), 2013.
  • "Researching Your World War I Ancestor," 2016.

ProGen Study Group, 2013.

Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR)

  • "Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis, " planned Summer 2017.
  • "Virginia’s Land and Military Conflicts and their Effect on Migration," 2012.

Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research, 2010.


Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)

National Genealogical Society (NGS)

Utah Genealogical Society (UGA)

Virginia Genealogical Society

Central Virginia Genealogical Society

New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS)

Nelson County Historical Society

The Jamestowne Society

National Society Daughters of 1812

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

National Huguenot Society


Harvey, Deborah R. and Gary E. Wood, "As the Angus Roam", Pegasus - Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society, Vol 3, No. 1.

1st Place,  2014 Dallas Genealogical Society's Writing Competition

Harvey, Deborah, transcriber, "A List of Free Negroes and Mulattos Residing in Nelson County, 1818," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol 54, No. 3, August 2016.


"Genealogy and Land Titles," Virginia Land Title Association, 2017.

"Online Genealogy Resoruces," Nelson Center, Lovingston, Virginia, 2016.

"Introduction to Women's Genealogy," Virginiana Room, Newport News Public LIbrary, 2015.

"Breaking Through Brickwalls," Virginia Room, Roanoke Public Library, 2015.


Editor, The VGS Newsletter

Board member, Nelson County Historical Society

Researcher, Purple Hearts Reunited