Monday, February 21, 2011

Dan Lynch

Dan Lynch at Rootstech - Feb 2011
Seeing Dan's smiling face in the Exhibition area of Rootstech reminded me of  the song "When Irish eyes are smiling." I first met Dan in 2010 at the  Unlock the Past Roadshow in Sydney where he gave a series of talks on using Google for Genealogy. As a result of his talks I think Dan was able to sell quite a few copies of his book "Google your Family Tree".

I had been in contact with Dan via Linkedin and Facebook and we arranged  to catch up at the conference in Salt Lake City. Dan kindly agreed to tell me a little about himself. As I had heard Dan speak in Sydney I did not attend his sessions in Salt Lake City but I hear that they were well received by participants.

Dan is the first person to have completed a Genimates Profile .

GeniMates Profile - Dan Lynch

Date 11 February 2011 Hobbyist or Professional Genealogist  Professional 

Hometown Connecticut

What is your day job? Internet marketing  plus involvement in family history space. Travelled a lot in 2010 doing lectures including a tour to Australia. Dan was away working on 22 weekends in 2010.

How long have you been chasing ancestors? Since 1977

How did you get hooked on genealogy?   When he was 14 Dan watched Alex Haley’s Roots on TV. It really struck Dan as he watched the story of three generations. In the following springtime he went to the cemetery and started writing stuff down from headstones. He also went to a vital records office and wasn’t allowed in because he was in too young. He had to return in the company of an adult.  That is what hooked him!

Areas of Expertise in Genealogy  Technology, Good generalist

Genealogy Society  and Group Memberships APG - Life Member,  Connecticut Society of Genealogists - Life Member

Lands of your Ancestors Southern Italy, Ireland

What Family Names are you Researching? Orsadi, Lynch, Ditota

Who is your favourite ancestor? Why? His maternal grandmother because Dan knew and lived with her.

What genealogy software do you use to record your family tree?  Dan has tried them all and cycles through them.

What are your other Hobbies, Activities  and Interests? Daughters, golf and photography

What is your favourite lesiure time activity?  Golf


  1. Hope you'll fill out my profile form (working on it now) so I can add your profile to the blog.

  2. Will do. Send me a note when it is ready :)