CRYSTAL TORONYAI DAVIS
Achievements and Experience
- PURSUANT OF ACCREDITATION
3 OCT 2022 - PRESENT
The journey of becoming an Accredited Genealogist is lengthy. As of October 2022, my Level 1 Project of the ICAPGen Accreditation process was submitted and accepted for review. This review process can take from six months to over a year.
- PUBLISHING HOUSE
JAN 2022 - PRESENT
Publications were a natural progression of my work as a genealogist. Traditional genealogies, biographies, genetic genealogy research reports, group DNA study research reports, and speculative genealogy pursuits were best served, in my opinion, in this format to preserve the vast amounts of data compiled over the years. The creation of a formal publishing house made a fantastic addition to the various ventures of Ancestral Spotlight.
CLAN BAIRD SOCIETY WORLDWIDE
8 MAR 2021 - PRESENT
Invited to serve as genealogist for the Clan Baird Society Worldwide, I humbly accepted. I proudly volunteer my time and expertise to this worldwide community and publish a column on genealogy in their society quarterly, The Gryphon. In coordination with this society, I've made available both an autosomal and Y DNA study, hosted via Ancestral Spotlight. While the volunteer position offers two hours per query, my passion of our Baird ancestry drives me to pursue many queries through to the finish line. With simple cases usually done pro bono for society membership, an occasional brick wall entices some to become paying clients for the full weight of my services via Ancestral Spotlight.
2020 - PRESENT
Ancestral Spotlight very quickly eclipsed Raven Oak Genealogy, thus it was a natural jump to merge the entities into one - YouTube videos, tutorials, and genealogy research.
- YOUTUBE CHANNEL
15 SEPT 2019 - PRESENT
An avid fan of documentaries, I found it unfortunate that only ancestors of historical acclaim fell worthy of being featured in videos. Telling the tales of our ancestors "a little less known" became a personal goal. A YouTube channel felt the natural outlet for this pursuit, thus, Ancestral Spotlight was born. In addition to honed research skills, an entirely new skillset was necessary for the production of these mini-documentary videos. A progression to tutorial videos soon followed, then announcements for DNA studies, publication releases, merchandise... It's proved a fantastic way to communicate directly with others in our collective interest of genealogy.
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GENEALOGICAL STUDIES
- AMERICAN RECORDS
- DNA & GENETIC GENEALOGY
5 JUN 2017 - PRESENT
A lifelong learner with a goal of keeping up with cutting-edge advancements in not only genetic genealogy, tools, tricks, and methodologies, but also the constantly updated repositories as we move forward into the digital age. I am pursuant of various certifications available at the International Institute for Genealogical Studies. My main focus is on DNA & Genetic Genealogy and American Record certifications. Future endeavors include certification in Scottish and Eastern European Records.
RAVEN OAK GENEALOGY
2015 - 2020
Relocating from southern New Jersey to the top of New England, where I once again decided to offer genealogy services to the public. Rebranding seemed a proper course of action. My love of Norse and Hungarian culture came forward in the name.
2009 - 2015
Honed genetic genealogy skills with my own family tree. Assisted and solved dozens of adoption/NPE cases via genetic genealogy. Majority of this work was done pro bono.
HERITAGE C. T. M.
2006 - 2009
General family history research for friends and family. Majority of research was pro bono to hone research skills. Entered into the world of genetic genealogy and began applying this to my own family tree.
1992 - 2006
Captivated early on with stories and pictures of my Hungarian relatives shared via my grandmother, I was fascinated by the thought of sharing DNA with people on the other side of the world.
Then, after the sudden passing of my father in 1992, the embers of my lifelong passion for genealogy began to burn; I was nine years old. Seasoned by trial and error and mentored by older generations of family researchers in traditional genealogy practices, I discovered my own family history. It was not long before I began doing research for extended family and friends.
Dorothy Taylor nee Berghaier
Mary Lou Torney nee Richman
Davey Lee Taylor