Margo Fariss Brewer

47 Riverbirch Dr.
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312
47 Riverbirch Dr

Phone: 919-260-5977

Business Phone: 919-967-9280

Contact between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern


Methodology & Techniques
Military Records: Local & Federal
Land Records: Local, State & Federal
Courthouse Records Research
Assisted Genealogy Research Trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT


  • Newspapers and Timelines: Mastering This Combination Can Expose Unanticipated Records
  • Creating a Research Plan: You Must Stop Researching First
  • Who Is Up Your Family Tree? (luncheon lecture)
  • Just Scratching the Surface: Using Land Records
  • Did You Ask Before You Became Obsessed? (luncheon lecture)
  • My Grandchildren Arenít Interested in Their Ancestors: Ideas for Competing With Videos & Super Heros
  • Writing a Family Narrative Your Family Will Want to Read
  • A Quick Peek Into Military Records: The Colonial Wars to WWII
  • Why Canít You Find Women In County, State, and Federal Records?: What You Really Need To Know
  • Setting Yourself Up for Productive Genealogy Research
  • Interpreting the Handwriting - Alphabets, Abbreviations & Symbols
  • 1850-1940 Census Research: What Was The Enumerator Really Asking?
  • Using FamilySearch: How to Help Your Ancestors Rise to the Top
  • Research in Washington DC: Where Do I Go & What can I Find There?
  • Hiring a Professional Genealogist: Why and How
  • How to Find Church Records: A Strategy
  • Researching in Washington, D.C.: The Where and The How of It
  • Using The Non-Population Census: How Can They Help Find Your Ancestors
  • Land Records: What and Where are the Files Behind the Online Databases

  • Speaking Conditions:

    New Lectures developed upon request
    Will furnish masters for handouts
    Will provide computer and LCD projector
    Microphone (lavaliere type, if possible) required, dependent on room size
    Will travel for engagements at locations within the US and internationally
    Video taping and/or photographing is not permitted without prior written permission
    Professional audio taping permitted with royalty
    Home housing not accepted
    Please visit my website for fee and travel expenses information

    Previous Engagements:

  • NGS Conference, 2017, 2016
  • Durham Family History Center Lecture Series, 2017, 2016
  • Albemarle Genealogical Society
  • Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society
  • Instructor of six 10-week courses through Duke University's OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute, 2004 to present

  • Bio:

    Margo Fariss Brewer is an active genealogical instructor, consultant and lecturer who resides in North Carolina. She is the co-leader of Ann-Mar Genealogy Trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City which she finds strengthens her research and teaching skills. She also teaches 6 genealogy courses (Beginning through Advance, Telling the Rest of Your Family's Story, a Genealogy Computer Lab and DNA for Genealogy at Duke University's OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute where she has been on the faculty since 2004.

    Her specialties are methodology, military and land records, courthouse research and assisted research trips to the Family History Library. Her focus is on records within the continental United States.

    Margo, a dynamic speaker, is available for meetings, seminars, luncheons, and workshops. Her lectures include PowerPoint presentations, handouts and a question-and-answer period. She encourages interaction with the audience with her enthusiasm, humor and organized approach to the topic.

    She is the President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Virginia Genealogical Society and several more state and local genealogical societies.

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