Curriculum Vitae

Hilary A. Swanson


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Professional info​

In 2016, I was able to fulfill a dream and align my career with my passion. I launched Hello Genealogy, a professional research services company.  Prior to that, I worked in and around the construction industry well over 13 years.  My educational background and previous career were in construction management and mechanical engineering.  All that time, my hobby was genealogy and family history.  I have never been happier.

Experience & Volunteer Opportunities
Hello Genealogy
Founder & Lead Genealogist

2016 - present


Hello Genealogy was born out of a love for family history.  My passion for discovering my own ancestors was matched by a desire to help others. Today, I provide a full range of genealogical services to all levels of family history researchers from beginner to professional.


Indiana Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists
Chapter Treasurer

2017 - present


I serve my local Indiana Chapter in the role as chapter treasurer. Responsibilities include account management, bill pay, reconciliation, yearly budgeting and forecasting, and membership renewal.

Degrees & Certificates
OGEN200 - Certificate in Genealogical Research
Boston University
May 2016 - Aug 2016


The Genealogical Research program is a 16-week, 20-30 hours a week, intensive course covering foundations in genealogical research, problem-solving techniques and technology, evidence evaluation and documentation, forensic genealogy research, and professional genealogy.


B.S. Architectural Engineering / Environmental Systems
Milwaukee School of Engineering
1996 - 2002


The Architectural Engineering program focuses on mathematics, science, engineering sciences, team projects, oral and written communication, professionalism and ethics in a demanding and fast-paced environment.  Emphasis was in building mechanical systems including HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection with exposure to building electrical systems and building structural systems.  The program culminates in a yearlong, real-life, group senior design project consisting of engineering and construction management students.


B.S. Construction Management
Milwaukee School of Engineering
1996 - 2002


The Construction Management program focuses on oral and written communication, working in a team environment, business management, mathematics, science, construction sciences, and other areas of construction such as project management, scheduling, estimating, accounting, law, and construction safety.  The program culminates in a yearlong, real-life, group senior design project consisting of construction management and engineering students.

Conferences & Institues
  • National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference 2018

  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) 2017

  • Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Conference 2017

  • Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair 2016

  • Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Professional Management Conference 2016

  • Midwestern Roots 2016

  • Midwestern Roots 2014

Institutes, Courses & Lectures
ProGen Study Group Coordinator
Group 45 Course Coordinator

September 2019 - November 2020


ProGen course coordinator...

Genealogical Writing & Publishing
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR)
July 2019
This course is for advanced genealogists...
Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy for the 21st Century
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)
July 2018
This course is for advanced genealogists who wish to pursue a career in forensic genealogy.  Topics covered include missing and unknown heirs, natural resources and mineral rights, real estate, military repatriation, and adoption cases.
Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR)

July 2017


This advanced course promotes understanding of advanced methodologies, sources used in advanced genealogical research, and techniques to solved complex and unique genealogical problems.


ProGen Study Group
Group 34

June 2017 - December 2018


ProGen is an 18-month study program that goes chapter-by-chapter through the textbook Professional Genealogy (edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills).  Each month participants complete an assignment based on the reading and peer-review each other's work.


The Basics of Autosomal DNA
DNA Adoption

September 2016


The Basics of Autosomal DNA class covers working with the big three DNA kit sellers:  FTDNA Family Finder, 23andme, and AncestryDNA. It also covers concepts such as triangulation, tree building, and using third-party sites like GedMatch and GWorks.


American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation
National Genealogical Society
February 2016


The course covers basic concepts of documentation and source citation.


American Genealogical Studies: The Basics
National Genealogical Society
February 2016


The Basics covers topics such as creating a research plan, finding sources at home, family traditions and making connects with others.


OGEN100 - Genealogy Essentials
Boston University
January 2016 - February 2016


Genealogy Essentials is a four-week course covering topics of best practices, genealogical concepts, terminology, locating and searching record groups, and optimizing search times.

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