Peggy Brumbaugh

3736 Adams St.
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

Phone: 269-384-4839



NOTICE - I will not be adding any new speaking engagements until further notice. As many of you know, I am writing a book about Orville H. Gibson, founder of the Gibson Mandolin and Guitar Company. This project has grown beyond my wildest imagination and now requires my undivided attention. Thank you all for your understanding.


Deciphering old handwritten (English language) documents


  • Deciphering Old Handwriting
  • Research in New York State

  • Speaking Conditions:

    Deciphering Old Handwriting - will supply handout master copy, usually about 6 pages, overhead projector and lavalier microphone needed

    Research in New York State - a power point presentation requiring a projector, resources master copy provided, lavalier microphone needed

    Audio and/or video recording is not allowed without prior permission

    Previous Engagements:

    Building A Legacy,September 2006, Genealogical Seminar, Berrien County Genealogical Society, Stevensville, MI
    Family History Month, October 2008, Library of Michigan, Lansing, MI
    Genealogy Lock-In, 2006-2009, Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo, MI
    Family History Fall Seminar, November 2012, Michigan Genealogical Council and The Archives of Michigan
    Numerous genealogical society presentations in the southern Michigan area, 2006-2013


    Peggy has been involved in family research for over 35 years. She became interested in genealogy as a teenager trying to decipher the handwriting on old family documents. Her personal areas of study are colonial Virginia, New York State, Ohio (Clermont County), and Illinois (Chicago). She holds a Bachelors Degree in Public History from Western Michigan University. When she is not doing historical research she is out in her yard gardening.

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