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Welcome to Midwest Roots!

I have been a professional writer since 1979, a genealogist since 1999, a professional genealogist since 2009, and a Board-certified professional genealogist since 1 June 2012. Use the “Contact Harold” box to get in touch. I hope this site will help your genealogy quest in at least one of the following ways: (1) Use free […]


EDUCATION following ten years of research on my own families… Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, 23-27 January 2012, Angela McGhie et al., “Advanced Research Practicum” — certificate Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, 10-14 January 2011, Tom Jones, CG, “Advanced Genealogical Methods” — certificate Samford University Library Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, June 2010, Elizabeth […]

Recent Projects

Used federal land case files to find New England birthplace of a Jasper County, Indiana, settler. Found the Ohio family of a Chicago dentist who used two different names. Used probate and property records to identify more than 30 grandchildren of a Revolutionary War veteran. Used marriage applications and prison records to identify the origins […]


As a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists I agree that professionalism in genealogy requires ethical conduct in all relationships with the present or potential genealogical community. I therefore agree to: Promote a coherent, truthful approach to genealogy, family history and local history. Present research results and opinions in a clear, well-organized manner; fully […]


A sampling: “Exceptional progress and in a very short time.” “Thorough documentation was provided at the end of this project.” “Found my grandfather and his parents. I’m very happy with the results.” “I was very pleased with Harold Henderson’s speed and efficiency in completing this phase of my project for me.”

Midwest Research Resources

A few books and web sites to make your Midwestern search easier . . . Books Baer, M. Teresa and Geneil Breeze, eds. Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007. DuMelle, Grace. Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County. […]