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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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Researching the History of Your Home

What’s your home’s story? If you live in an older home, have you ever thought about those who lived there before you? How about the evolution of your home’s structure as it has gone through renovations? Or maybe you are curious if your home has a sordid past? Sara Dawson researches older homes to discover the historic significance of the people, place, architecture, and events that took place there to assist homeowners and associations applying for historic designations.