Claire Marie Varrieur

photostudio_1468424556622 Thanks for visiting my website! Since 2011, I have been helping clients research their family history in Northwest Pennsylvania (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Jefferson, Indiana, Mercer, and Warren counties) and Western New York (Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties).

In addition to my client based genealogy work, I, as part of the Stone House Historical Research team, assist the U.S. Army with their repatriation efforts to account for all soldiers lost in past wars; and, I am working with the Erie County Historical Society on a long-term project to create an online digital index of their extensive archive collections.

As of March 2018, I am accepting new clients on a limited basis due to my other work commitments.

UPDATE: I am now scheduling client projects in Erie County for February 2019. I will be scheduling work in Crawford County in May 2019, and in Venango County in August 2019. Please contact me if you would like to reserve a spot on my research calendar.

I also lecture on various genealogy topics and occasionally teach one-on-one genealogy skills to both beginners and advanced researchers.


  • College of the Holy Cross, BA Economics/Accounting
  • Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate holder
  • Univ. of Toronto, NIGS, numerous American Records courses
  • 2013 GRIP Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh “Advanced Land Records”
  • 2014 GRIP Judy Russell’s “Law School for Genealogists”
  • 2015 GRIP Thomas W. Jones’ “Advanced Methodology”
  • 2015 Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy’s “Master Practicum”
  • ProGen13 Study Group
  • GenProof Study Group
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    I was editor of the Erie Society for Genealogical Research’s quarterly newsletter for five years, past author of the Erie-Times News history blog at, and author of the blog