About Us

Catherine Desmarais, Certified Genealogist

cathi-150x150Cathi Becker Wiest Desmarais, CG, Stone House Historical Research’s full-time principal researcher, is located in Vermont’s beautiful Champlain Valley. Researching professionally since 2007 and Board-certified since 2011, she’s gained broad genealogical experience across the United States, with a particular focus on Vermont and Pennsylvania, and in Ireland. colorbcgtransbkg.fwCathi is the current vice president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and an active member of APG’s New England chapter. She served as a board member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) from 2012 to 2015, coordinated their mentor program, and has instructed at CAFG’s Forensic Genealogy Institute from 2012 to 2015. She has also taught at the 2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in D. Joshua Taylor’s course “Diving Deeper Into New England” and at the 2013 and 2014 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) in Dr. Thomas W. Jones’s course, “Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard.”

  • Master’s Degree in Education (plus 33 additional credits) from the University of Vermont, with 30 years teaching and administrative experience
  • 2014 and 2015, APG’s Professional Management Conference, Salt Lake City
  • 2014, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Law School for Genealogists
  • 2013, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis, Elizabeth Shown Mills
  • 2013, Genealogical Research Institite of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard, Dr. Thomas W. Jones
  • 2013, British Institute, Irish Land Records and Fragmentary Evidence Correlation
  • 2012, Forensic Genealogy Institute, Dallas, Texas. Attendee and presenter
  • 2012, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Advanced Genealogical Methods, Dr. Thomas Jones
  • 2009, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), Samford University, Intermediate Genealogy
  • 2008, National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
  • 2008-2012, National Genealogical Society Quarterly Study Group, 2008-2012.
  • 2008-2009, Professional Genealogy Study Group (ProGen1), an 18-month program.
  • Attendee at local, regional and national genealogical conferences.


Thank you so much for the report. I am very impressed with what you have collected. I had no idea those kind of materials were out there.