About Me

My name is Elyse Doerflinger and I write Elyse’s Genealogy blog to share my genealogy knowledge and information about my family.  I’ve researched my family tree for nearly 8 years – and most of what I’ve learned, I’ve learned by making mistakes.  My goal is to share the lessons I’ve learned in hopes of keeping you from making the same mistakes.

In 2010, I began speaking at genealogy society meetings and conferences.  I love sharing my knowledge and interacting with other genealogists.  I have been a speaker at many genealogy societies in Southern California and at Southern California Genealogy Society’s Jamboree conference in 2010.

I also branched out in 2010 and began writing for genealogy magazines.  I have written for Internet Genealogy Magazine, Family Chronicle, and been featured in Family Tree Magazine.

Outside of my genealogy life, I am a full time college student studying to become an elementary school teacher.

I also work for a family tree building website, WikiTree. WikiTree is so cool because it has unique privacy controls that no other family tree building website has.  Chris Whitten, the creator of WikiTree, truly cares about the thoughts, ideas, and concerns of WikiTree users.  He cares about what the genealogy community has to say.


15 responses to “About Me

  1. I just discovered your youtube videos on genealogy. I was very impressed.
    Keep up the good work.

    Al Ragsdale

  2. Melissa Abernathy

    I can relate to your interaction with your grandfather. My great-grandmother never talked about her parents and when asked, she and all her siblings would say, “I don’t want to talk about the past. That’s all over and done with.” I only recently heard from a cousin that they didn’t want to talk about their parents because the parents were shady characters, involved in human trafficking and slavery in the early twentieth century. I guess you’d not be too pleased to tell your descendants about something like that.

  3. Good work…but didn’t you forget to mention your 2 e-books you authored?

  4. Elyse, I am so impressed with your knowledge and your dedication. I’m a fan. Congrats on your job with wikitree.com!

  5. Hello Elyse. Just a few words to tell you how impressed I am by the work you put into your blog.

  6. Wow, you’ve really done a lot of work with genealogy! It’s nice to see there are other relatively young people around my age so interested in genealogy.
    The New Genealogist´s last blog post ..Free US Civil War Records

  7. Good morning Elyse. I hope that you won’t take this comment as criticism, but rather as a observation.

    I find it quite hard to read your blog, the print is small, and that light grayish color that just does not go well with my old eyes.

    Viewing on a 19 inch monitor with Chrome.

    Anyway, just thought I would mention it.
    Carol´s last blog post ..THE Trip, Custer South Dakota, The Town

  8. Hi,

    I believe that we are cousins. My line on the Kepplers:

    Deanna Housden-Campen
    Dixie Keppler-Housden-Sanders
    Paul Deverell Keppler
    Anthony (Anton) Keppler
    Anton and Rosalie

    My mom (Dixie) was just contacted from a Keppler in Wisconsin that is also related to this line. I believe that he send my mom a copy of the ship manifest that Marie came over on. I’m sure that she would love to exchange information with you. You can contact her dixiesndrs@comcast.net

    • Hi Deanna – Yes, we are indeed related. I’ve been in contact with your Mom a few times. She has sent me such amazing stuff. And I’ve also been talking to that Keppler from Wisconsin too.

  9. Hey Elyse!

    I was so excited when you twittered about my blog several weeks back. I somehow always talk myself into thinking that no one under 40 gets as crazy excited about genealogy like I do. So thanks for the reassurance! I also think its pretty crazy that we have the same name, both dig genealogy and the likes, and I am an elementary school teacher. If you’re ever in the Austin area we should meet up for something wonderful to eat. I’d love to hear all about your adventures!

  10. Are you related to the Karl Berch family in Florida?


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  12. Hi Elyse, I thought I’d feature you on my first ever “Follow Friday” on my blog. I really like your blog. And, it’s cool we are both “young” bloggers, at that. I am a bit on the older end of it, but still relatively young compared to most :)

    Keep blogging and inspiring – your blog inspires me to keep going at mine!


  13. Hi,
    My father’s dad was Carl Berch who later married Katerina Held Kehrig. My dad was Robert Berch who’s mother was Mae Vlach. I’ve emailed Chuck Doerflinger and received some info from him. I’d really love to know more about my Dad’s biological family. I’ve been trying to work on our family tree. Have a picture of the house that Adolf and Marie Berch owned – 2 houses on one lot – in Parma, OH. Hope to hear from you. My private email is rosebud1997@icloud.com.

  14. Please respond. We are related. Just want to find out more about my Dad’s biological family. Thanks.

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