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Sara Dawson launched Descent Detective, LLC in Brighton, CO in 2017 after over 15 years with the Bureau of Land Management in Denver and Lakewood. A lifetime learner, she received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Northern Colorado and has continued her education with both Regis and Boston Universities. She received her Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University's Center For Professional Education in 2018.


Sara is a past attendee of the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research in Athens, Georgia, and has attended the National Genealogy Society annual Family History Conference.


Ms. Dawson is the current Chair of the Brighton Historic Preservation Commission, located in Brighton, Colorado. She is also the Website Committee Chair for the Colorado Chapter of Association of Professional Genealogists (CAPG). She maintains her membership with the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), National Genealogical Society (NGS), Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA), Colorado Genealogical Society (CSG), Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS), Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan (PGSM), and the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research (DSGR).


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Research Plans and Source Documentation

Learn how a good research plan can help you organize your genealogy research and stop the "re-do.” Just like planning for a vacation, a genealogy research plan guides and helps you to reach to your destination. Whether you have a basic question ("Where was Grandpa Joe born?") or a more complex problem ("Who was the father of Mark Roberts Johannes?"), a research plan can help you prepare for an organized search and keep you from going down the rabbit hole.