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! 

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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. 


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. 

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Jack Palmer

Genealogist, writer, researcher