I have been an avid researcher since i was 10. I love helping people discover their past.
My name is Jack Palmer. I graduated from Duke University with honors in May 2023, and have been obsessed with genealogy for the past 13 years. I have uncovered things in my family tree I never imagined might be there: Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans, hidden family scandals, lost photographs, carriage makers, connections to Mayflower passengers (1620), a mayor of Portland, Maine, and everything in between. I love helping others with their research, historical writing, and meeting new people. I would love to help you with your research!
a young researcher
When I was 10, I asked my grandmother “Ma” where we came from. My mother had passed away four years prior, and growing up, I was searching for answers. Ma disappeared into her office and returned with a small book with an inscription connecting her to two families that came to America on the Mayflower in 1620.
Instantly hooked, I spent most of my childhood tracing my family’s genealogy, pouring over family photographs with my grandparents, drawing diagrams, searching through microfilm rolls at NEHGS in Boston, interning at the NYG&B in Manhattan.
All this led to Duke University, where I had the privilege of double-majoring in History and Psychology, writing a senior thesis in History with Dr. D. Barry Gaspar, and exploring history and genealogy in ways I never anticipated.
I love sharing discoveries, advice, and helping people discover their own incredible stories.
WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU
Have you ever wondered where you and your family came from? Who were your ancestors, and what did they do for a living? Did they build carriages? Did they cut glass? Were they farmers? Coal miners? Milk men?
The answers are out there waiting for you to find them. I can help you do that.
Genealogist, writer, researcher