About Kathleen Cortez

Kathy Cortez, MA (Psychology) is the Team Lead for the United Kingdom and Ireland research team at ProGenealogists. Genealogy has been an important part of her life since childhood. In addition to working on her own genealogy for the last 25 years and working for clients full-time since 2004, she also focused on genealogy in her psychology program. For seven years Kathy maintained an independent genealogy business specializing in long-term projects. She is a member of many genealogical organizations including: the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and several locality based societies. Kathy has been a speaker at genealogy conferences including the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), where she was the APG 25th Anniversary featured speaker. Her genealogical activities include active participation in local societies. She spent three years as president of the Marin County Genealogical Society in Marin County, California. Read more at http://www.progenealogists.com/kcortez.htm

Past Articles

Electoral Rolls for Family History in the British Empire

Posted on November 5, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

In many countries around the world, electoral rolls have been the document that notified each polling place that an individual had the right to cast a vote. These were never meant to be genealogical records and therefore were not necessarily archived. In the U.S. and Canada, each year’s electoral roll was destroyed once a new… Read more

Haunting the Dead: Death and Burial Records in Family History

Posted on October 31, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month, Research

  Searching for Death Historically, death was a constant companion. The grim reaper lurked in the shadows waiting to claim his next victim. Our ancestors dealt with the prospect of an early death from many conditions, which are now easily mended. Many women died in childbirth. Accidents, disease, and plague claimed millions. Death and burial… Read more

Getting Started With Mexican Family History Research

Posted on October 18, 2013 in Collections, Mexico, Research

In years past, the general message to those attempting Latin American or Mexican genealogy was “Learn Spanish.” Thankfully, digitized and indexed resources now available on Ancestry and other websites have lessened the need to be fluent in Spanish. As with any genealogy project, it is beneficial to know the resources and not simply rely on… Read more