Jim Dane

Expert Author

Jim Dane has just signed on with Hellgate Publishing for a new book that will come out in February 2012. His passion for genealogy has taken him all over the country searching in small court houses, libraries and even to the remote back hollows of Kentucky searching for truth and finding answers.

His greatest joy comes from helping clients discover unknown family history.

His focus is general genealogy, Scots Irish history and American Revolution, Civil War and War of 1812 military records.

Jim is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Sons of the American Revolution. He also assists with local projects that are coordinated by DAR and SAR. Jim can be reached at jimbodane@yahoo.com if you have any questions or genealogy needs.

In addition he has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal State Fullerton.

What are your specific genealogical interests?

My greatest time is spent in general genealogy and helping others. However, I do have an extra passion for the American Revolution, Civil War and War of 1812 military history and all military records. Also I am currently researching Scots Irish history.

What got you into genealogy?

My father was raised during the Great Depression and the stories of our family history were nonexistent. My grandfather lived a daily panic of just trying to get food on the table and just never took the time to share passed down stories. This had always upset me as a kid and I vowed to find every story, every truth about our family history! I learned so much by all the digging through months of microfilm and all the various records. I discovered invaluable information by traveling to those past ancestral homes and then after solving my story, I just wanted to start giving back and helping other people find their story.

Most surprising genealogical find:

There are so many surprises that I have found, it is difficult to say one is greater than another. I helped my best friend discover that his family came through Canada before the United States and that his roots trace back further to royalty from Normandy, France. I discovered that my forth great grandfather was an American Revolutionary soldier but even more exciting was that he survived the hard winter at Valley Forge and he was part of an elite sharpshooters regiment called Daniel Morgan´┐Żs Rifles.

If you could find the family history of any historical great, who would it be and why?

I have never really thought about this but I have a strong interest in George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte and Andrew Jackson. These leaders have all known great victories and great defeat but mostly they knew how to inspire people to be their best.

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