who's in your melting pot?

"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance!

 - George Bernard Shaw

Services

At Family Fondue Genealogy, we do all the things you’d expect Professional Genealogists to do…
we just do them a bit differently.

While we deal in historical fact, we remember and respect that those facts represent the lives of your family members – all the ingredients in your melting pot that have blended to make YOU. They come to life again for us through stories of adventure, achievement, laughter and sadness that we share with you.

Genealogical Research

We’ll uncover your family tree, from roots to leaves, and every gnarled branch in between. Charts, reports and a written narrative bring it to life!

Lineage Societies

Patriots in the family? First settlers? We can help you gather the documentation needed for your Lineage Society Applications. 

Adoptee Heritage

For an adoptee,  or the child of one, searching for family history can seem daunting. It doesn’t have to be, and you don’t have to do it alone.

DNA Analysis

We speak fluent DNA.  We’ll asess your chromosomes and centimorgans, and help you  leverage your new knowledge into meaningful results.

Research Team

Recognizing that it ALWAYS takes a village, we pool our knowledge for you. 

Maria Blais O’Laughlin

Pro Genealogist & Owner


A graduate of Boston University’s Advanced Genealogical Research Certificate Program and a contractor with Ancestry’s Pro Genealogists, Maria the ex-coprorate analyst loves nothing more than hunting proverbial needles in historical haystacks. 

With over ten years’ experience in family history research, she specializes in Ellis Island immigration, DNA Analysis, Adoption Heritage, and Storytelling. If you have scandals to find, Maria is your girl. 

Abby Peart-Camarato

Contracting Genealogist


Maria met Abby in their classes at BU and knew right away she wanted to work with her.

Aside from being hilarious and fun, Abby is meticulous in her research yet brings a warmth and humanity to her narrative writing. 

She loves to do house histories, where she investigates not only the property, (nobody knows land records like Abby), but also the family that worked the land and made the house a home.  

Cheryl Nestler Odell

Consulting Genealogist


Another graduate of Boston University’s Advanced Genealogical Research Certificate Program, Cheryl knows the War of American Independence like it happened in her backyard. (Which is hilarious, since she’s from California.) 

Our go-to expert in Lineage Societies, Cheryl is active as a DAR Chapter Regent, and State Committee Chair. She  has her own family history business, but we love her so much, we drag her over to play when we can.

Laura Brickhouse Dickson

Research Operations


Laura’s the resident mathematician, and she researches like one. She’s detailed, she’s focused, and she’s ALL about facts adding up. 

In genealogy, like in math, facts run the show. 

Mostly, though, Laura helps to make sure that our memberships to repositories and historical associations are paid up, and we don’t spend more than we make. If Maria doesn’t stop giving away free t-shirts, she’s going to have to get tough…

Document Detectives

With nearly three quarters of the world’s historical records not yet digitized, much of what we need to find for you is still hiding in libraries, archives and historical repositories.  Our network of intrepid researchers is then deployed to acquire and sometimes translate documents – resulting in cost savings for you, our clients.

Mick

Ireland

Hannah

UK/Wales

Brenda

Western Canada

Greg

Eastern Canada

Sonya

Norway

Missy

Germany

Theresa

Italy

Kathryn

NYC

Maggie

Upstate New York

Lara

DC/Northern VA

Steve

Atlanta

Kimberly

Deep South

Kim

Chicago/Midwest

Kevin

Pacific Northwest

Bree

California

Melisa

Tennessee/Western NC

Caroline

Minnesota Area

Rachel

German Translator

Stories from the Melting Pot

Sometimes in the course of research, you find stories, people and lives that shouldn’t be forgotten.

They live here now.

Happy Clients

We didn’t pay any of these folks.  Honestly. 

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