Alana Atkinson, Genealogist Genealogy has always been a part of Alana's life. As a child, she accompanied her paternal grandmother on numerous genealogy research trips. Alana's genealogy journey began in 2004 when she started researching her maternal ancestors. The family historian mantle passed to Alana when her grandmother became ill and could no longer work on compiling her forty years of genealogy research for publication. Alana is continuing her grandmother's research and plans to publish her family history book in 2020.
Alana's expertise lies in local history and genealogy with a focus on western Virginia, specifically the Shenandoah Valley early settlers, Scotch-Irish settlers in Virginia, and the New River Valley. Her areas of concentration are Rockbridge, Botetourt, Roanoke, Franklin, Floyd, and Montgomery counties.
Alana specializes in recording and transcribing oral histories, genealogy education, coaching, and providing genealogical research assistance.
Bluefield College - B.A. - Religion and Philosophy
Clarion University of Pennsylvania - M.S. Library Science
University of Phoenix - M.A. Ed. - Curriculum & Instruction
National Institute of Genealogical Studies
National Genealogical Society courses
Alana is no stranger to research with over twenty years of experience as a professional librarian. She has worked in public libraries in supervisory positions and has been a school librarian since 2002.
National Genealogical Society
Association of Professional Genealogists
Alana holds a Virginia Postgraduate Professional Teaching License in PreK-12 Library Media. She is working towards applying for the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) credentials.