About Dae Powell


This is Dae Powell, designer and operator of ShoeString Genealogy. Although I am flattered that you would read this page, I expected you to do just that if you are family historian, genealogist, or generational historian. It behooves us to know our sources of information and advice, doesn't it? Thank you for checking up on me.

I've been researching since 1972, but for the first few years my results were somewhat serendipitous. Once I studied what professionals do, which resources are trustworthy, and how to properly document my sources, I progressed more rapidly. It has been an odd odyssey.


  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Genealogical Research
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism
  • Languages
Life Experiences
  • Banker (Assistant Cashier)
  • Genealogy Researcher and Lecturer
  • Missionary
  • Soldier (Military Intelligence and Computer Repair)
  • Systems Engineer

Having been trained in research and analysis, I find those skills paramount in genealogy. I've extensive experience in English, Portuguese, Hebrew and German. (My Spanish has improved.) In the computer field I absorbed logic, flowcharting and procedural analysis. While an intelligence analyst, I learned to look at data from as many perspectives as possible. As a banker, I learned business acumen and financial strategies. My college education in history only whetted my appetite for the best parts of genealogy — the motivations, the customs, the stresses and the stories of our ancestors!

I designed ShoeString Genealogy in order to share these with you.

A hearty thank you to the many people on AOL, Looking4Kin.com, GenealogyWise.com, the National Genealogical Society, and the good people at Wholly Genes Software. I've learned so much from you. And a special thank you to several of my close friends and mentors who have supported my genealogical efforts so loyally: Jayne McCormick, Dear Myrtle, Emily Ann Croom, Christine Rose, FASG, Dick Eastman, Patricia Law Hatcher, FASG, Elizabeth Shown Mills, FASG, and Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak.