About

VeenAlicePrairie Roots Research provides genealogical and historical research services to clients who seek superior solutions presented in historical context. Specialties include Midwestern and territorial records, with an emphasis on military history and Midwestern connections to American colonial roots.

Alice Hoyt Veen, a sixth-generation Iowan, has been a dedicated family historian for more than thirty years. She is a Board-certified genealogist and a full-time professional researcher and educator.

She serves as a trustee for the BCG Education Fund, an independent non-profit charitable trust, advancing the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® by funding learning programs consistent with genealogical standards.

Alice also serves on the Iowa Genealogical Society (IGS) education committee and writes a regular column for the IGS newsletter.

Educational Background

Board for Certification of Genealogists®

  • Certified Genealogist, Board for Certification of Genealogists, July 2014.

Samford University Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research

  • Jones, Thomas W. “Writing & Publishing for Genealogists.” Course 5, June 2013.
  • Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis.” Course 4, June 2011.

ProGen Study Group 6, Peer Group 2. Completed September 2011.

National Genealogical Society

  • “Transcribing, Extracting, and Abstracting Genealogical Records.” Online course completed 3 December 2011.
  • NGS 2010 Family History Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. Highlights:

— Bettag, Claire. “Research Reports: Meeting the Standards.”
— Fleming, Ann Carter. “Organize Your Research: The Overlooked Step.”
— Freilich, Kay Haviland. “From Research To Report: How to Write a Proof Summary.”
— Sayre, Pamela Boyer. BCG Education Fund Workshop: “Synchronized Research & Reporting.”
— Sperry, Kip. BCG Education Fund Workshop: “Reading Early Handwriting.”
— Stamm, Patricia Walls. “Elements of a Research Plan: or Which Way Do I Go?”

  • American Genealogy Home Study Course, graded. Completed 11 November 2009.

Federation of Genealogical Societies

  • Annual Conference 2009, Little Rock, Arkansas. Highlights:

— Alpert, Jan. “Substitutes for Vital Records.”
— Jones, Thomas W. “Writing Professionally (Twenty Principles).”
— Rose, Christine.  “Addicted to Courthouses!”
— Stamm, Patricia Walls. “Iron Rails Across America. U.S. Railroad Records.”

National Institute for Genealogical Studies, University of Toronto, Canada.

  • Online Basic Level America Records completed 2009.

Iowa Genealogical Society

  • Mullan, Fintan and Gillian Hunt, Ulster Historical Foundation. “Tracing Your Irish & Scots-Irish Ancestors.” Full-day seminar, March 2014.
  • Strauss, Michael L.  “Soldiers, Sailors & Federal Employees—Discovering Your Ancestor in Military & Federal Records.” Fall Conference, 2012.
  • Fogarty, Billie Stone. “Native American Ancestry.” Fall Conference, 2011.
  • Blankenau, Gail. “Resources Close to Home.” Fall Conference, 2010.

State Historical Society of Iowa

  • Historic Preservation Workshops presented by the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office. 2012.

Iowa Museum Association

  • Collection Care for Beginners, Independence, Iowa. 2010.

Iowa State University, Ames. Bachelor of Science, Horticulture, 1978

Professional Memberships

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