As a professional genealogist, I have nearly ten years of
experience researching at the Family History Library
in Salt Lake City, Utah. I primarily research family lineages from
the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West, and New England areas as
well as in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.
I have spent a great deal of time studying the migration
patterns of families as they moved into the Mid-West from the states to the
south and east. I have considerable experience problem solving and
documenting difficult lineages. My experience has included the compilation of
thousands of lineages from the colonial period to the 1920s. I have
posted a sample lineage research report on this site.
Personal Genealogical Research
My personal genealogical research experience began in 1983
when I began working on my own family lineages. My cousin, Elsie Rarey, piqued
my curiosity with some research that she had done on my family tree and soon,
the curiosity turned into a profession! You can view links to some of my
personal genealogical research on My Ancestors
page. You may want to view some of my research
In 1997, I published a book entitled The Ancestors and
Descendants of Willis Calvin and Clara (Woodruff) McManus.
In 1985, I obtained a B.A. in music at Baldwin-Wallace
College Conservatory in Berea, Ohio. I pursued concurrent minors in
mathematics, computer science and philosophy. Then in 1988, I completed
graduate work in Missouri at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and was
awarded a Graduate Diploma in Oboe Performance.
I am a member of the Association of
Professional Genealogists, the Salt
Lake City Chapter of the APG and I follow the APG
Code of Ethics. I also belong to the Utah
Natalie Cottrill is not affiliated
with nor employed by the L.D.S. Family History Library. Natalie Cottrill is a
independent professional genealogist who conducts research as a patron at the
Family History Library.