Ellen A. Del Colle, M.A.

Writer - Researcher -Genealogist

ABOUT

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Conducted research for an international genealogy company
  • Researched kinship for an Emmy-Award winning genealogy documentary series
  • Speechwriting and research projects for two former U.S. Presidents​
  • Researched and edited white papers & newspaper articles for two former members of the U.S. Congress
  • Nationally recognized workshop leader and guest lecturer on online research; best practices for nonprofit organizations; effective communication; and project management


Westchester-native Ellen Ambrose Del Colle is a seasoned executive with over thirty-five years of cross-sector experience from corporate to nonprofit organizations to operating a home-based, sole proprietorship.  Ellen takes on only 1-2 projects at a time to ensure her clients receive concierge service and their project goals are met or exceeded. All work is performed in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Guidelines of the National Genealogical Society.

Ellen has had a love for history all of her life thanks to her grandfather 's interest in American history and genealogy. As a child of immigrants, he continually sought to learn about his parents' adopted homeland and passed this enthusiasm along to his grandchildren. Since her days as an undergraduate, Ellen has worked to establish herself as an accomplished writer and researcher. For more than a decade she has channeled her energies as a researcher and focused on improving her skills as a genealogist. What started as an interest in her German ancestors has become the significant focus of her practice. Research sources utilized include the internationally renowned Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the largest genealogical repository in the world of microfilm, print and digitized historic records; online access to vital records databases; land, parish, probate, military, church and newspaper records; yearbooks; and, city directories, as well as access to a variety of fee-based subscription internet collections.

Research clients have included well-known international online genealogical companies, an Emmy-award winning genealogy documentary series, law firms, private investigators and individuals. Projects have included: Forensic genealogy, heir and probate research (for attorneys, executors and estate administrators); searching for missing or unknown heirs; analyzing and verifying kinship; preparing affidavits, reports, and documentation for court cases; and, providing testimony as an expert witness. Some of these searches have required researching records for the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Puerto Rico. Past clients cite Ellen's ability to manage collaborative relationships with stakeholders, the media, elected officials, community leaders and celebrities while maintaining a sense of humor and performing with utmost professionalism and discretion.








EDUCATION

MA, Public Communication, Fordham University 

BA, Communication, College of Mount St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY


CONTINUING EDUCATION

Certificates in Project Management from American Management Association & Halcomb Associates

Annually accrues between 100-120 continuing education hours for genealogy & research techniques by attending conferences & workshops and participating in webinars & podcasts.

MEMBERSHIPS & COMMUNITY SERVICE

Served on numerous boards of directors and is an active community volunteer.


MISCELLANEOUS

Adjunct Instructor of public speaking, interpersonal communication and the history of television at Marist College and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase.













Del Colle Consulting Services LLC​

Professional, diligent & discrete writing & research services for over 30 years.