About Me

Genealogy Center, Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Genealogy Center, Ft. Wayne, Indiana


Professional Genealogist since 1990
Researcher, Consultant, Coach, Instructor, Presenter, and Author

Valerie Eichler Lair is a full-time Professional Genealogist based in Minnesota. She conducts research for clients, as well as providing coaching/consultations. She teaches classes, workshops, and all-day seminars. She gives presentations at society meetings or for community groups, and sessions at conferences. Valerie is an author of four (4) genealogy/history books for her direct ancestral lines and authored several articles in genealogical society newsletters or journals.

Member of the following organizations:

  • Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) – At-Large Board Member (2017-2018)
  • APG Board of Directors (2014-2015)
  • APG – 2016 Professional Management  Conference (PMC) Committee (Volunteer Coordinator, Door Prize distribution)
  • APG – 2015 PMC Committee (Volunteer Coordinator)
  • Northland Chapter of APG
  • Heartland Chapter of APG (former President/Chapter Representative, June 2011 to December 2014)
  • The NextGen Genealogy Network (www.tnggn.org)
  • Minnesota Genealogical Society
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
  • Freeborn County (MN) Genealogical Society

Certificate of Completion:

  • ProGen23 – An 18-month intense peer-review study group discussing and submitting assignments from the book, Professional Genealogy. Began 1 June 2014, completed 2 November 2015. Valerie was the Discussion Group Leader.

Project Coordinator for the Evergreen Cemetery Interment Records and Tombstone Transcriptions, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1972 to 2006. All burials from 1856 to 2006 can be viewed and searched by name at: http://usgwtombstones.org/colorado/elpaso.html

Presenter at local and state genealogical or historical societies, libraries, FamilySearch Centers, schools, and for a variety of community organizations. Available for day, evening, and all-day sessions.

Instructor – Beginner, Intermediate, and Advance Courses; Beginner and Intermediate Workshops; Seminars; Conferences.

Officer Positions:

  • At-Large Board Member, APG – January 2017 to December 2018
  • Board of Directors, APG – January 2014 to December 2015
  • APG-PMC Committee member, Volunteer Coordinator – March 2014 to present
  • Chapter Review Committee, APG – 2013 to 2016
  • Professional Development Committee, APG – 21 September 2016 to present
  • 2nd Vice President (Programs), Johnson County (KS) Genealogical Society (September 2012 to April 2013)
  • Recording Secretary, Board of Directors, Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society
  • Publicity Chairperson, Pikes Peak Genealogical Society
  • Book Selection Committee, Pikes Peak Genealogical Society
  • Program Director, Colorado Genealogical Society
  • President, Pikes Peak Computer Genealogists
  • President, local PAF Users Group
  • Seminar Committee Member, Pikes Peak Genealogical Society
  • Seminar Chairperson, Pikes Peak Genealogical Society


  • “Church Records in the Midwest” in Minnesota State Genealogical Society Journal, February 2014
  • Genealogy Alphabet Soup, guest blogger, ancestoring.blogspot.com, 31 August 2013
  • A Genealogy and History of the SCHMIDT, LEPPERT, LEMBKE Family, 1698-2011, © 2012
  • The JOST/YOST Family of Kuckuck, Helmighausen, Helsen, Rhoden, Germany to New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and beyond: 1799 to 2008, © 2008
  • The Eichler Genealogy: Ancestors of Karl Hermann Eichler and Descendants of Karl and Evelyne Sarah Dell (Yost) Eichler, © 2004
  • The Lair Family History: Descendants of Jacob and Catharine (Cratser) LEHR, 1752-1993, © 1993
  • “Publishing Your First Family History” in Ancestry newsletter
  • “Trading Teaching Tidbits” in APG Quarterly
  • “The Business of Teaching Genealogy” in APG Quarterly
  • “Unique Treasures in Land Records” published in various society newsletters
  • Past Publisher/Editor, “Lair Linkage: A Family Newsletter

Certificate of Completion:

  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) – Course 2: Research in New York, Karen Mauer Jones – January 2016
  • SLIG – Course 9: Advanced Genealogical Methods, Thomas W. Jones – January 2015
  • SLIG – Course 6: Producing a Quality Family Narrative, John Philip Colletta – January 2014
  • SLIG – Course 1: American Research and Records: Focus on Localities – Paula Stuart-Warren – January 2013
  • MGP Study Group 11: in-depth study on Mastering Genealogical Proof authored by Thomas W. Jones – July to October 2013

Attendee at the following National Conferences:

  • 2017 – to be announced
  • 2016 APG Professional Management Conference, Ft. Wayne, IN (September)
  • 2016 Minnesota Genealogical Society’s North Star Conference, Edina, MN (September)
  • 2016 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Virtual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (May)
  • 2015 APG Professional Management Conference, Salt Lake City, UT (January)
  • 2015 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) / RootsTech, Salt Lake City, UT (February)
  • 2014 RootsTech Virtual Conference, Salt Lake, UT (February)
  • 2014 NGS Virtual Conference, Richmond, VA (May)
  • 2013 FGS, Ft. Wayne, IN (August)
  • 2013 APG Professional Management Conference, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2012 APG Professional Management Conference, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 1998 NGS, Denver, CO
  • 1995 FGS, Seattle, WA
  • 1993 FGS, St. Louis, MO
  • 1992 NGS, Jacksonville, FL
  • 1990 FGS, Salt Lake City, UT