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Many wise folk counsel career seekers to find what they love most and then find a way to do it!  Having been an engineer by training and a successful entrepreneur running my own technical sales organization for more than 25 years, I long ago realized that the things I love to do are those that require an exceptional analytical aptitude, great attention to detail, and outstanding problem solving skills. If you can throw in a bit of puzzlement and mystery requiring serious detective work, so much the better!  Many have told me throughout my career that I thrive on the “thrill of the chase”. Hence, as I contemplated a career change a few years back, I realized these were all the reasons genealogy has long been a personal passion for me and the beginnings of an amazing new avocation was born. I have been researching my own and my wife’s families for more than 25 years and have amassed more than 3,400 ancestors and their histories in my personal database. I have learned I love the challenge of discovering, collecting, analyzing and building a family tree – be it my own or someone else’s. Hence, the origin of “”.


I also enjoy developing genealogy forms in Word format that are designed to be filled out by the user on their computer.  This form design capability tied in with web design has shown me that I have another talent and will expand on it by making this web site a source for genealogy forms, information and links to other web sites.

My experience includes: Federal and state census searches and compilation; marriage, divorce, death, birth, probate and property transfer record searches at county clerks and register of deeds offices throughout Southeast and mid-Michigan; extensive research at many of the well-known genealogical collections in SE Michigan, including the Detroit Burton Historical Library, University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library and Clements Library in Ann Arbor, State of Michigan Historical Library and Archives in Lansing along with individual county historical and genealogical societies, and LDS libraries; digital photography, including digitization of old documents and family photographs and tombstones; creation and copywriting of downloadable U.S. Census forms in MS Word format, making them available at no cost and easily usable by the average researcher.

My name is Al Wakenhut and I am a life-long Michigan resident. I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, current president of the Western Wayne County Genealogical Society and a delegate to the Michigan Genealogical Council. I research in the following Michigan Counties: Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Shiawassee, Washtenaw and Wayne, but am more than willing to expand my horizons if your search needs are outside those boundaries.   So please send me an email or call to present me with your challenge.  Email  You will not be put on a mailing list and your email address will not be given to any third party. Your confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us.

Livonia, MI 48150