About Linda


Linda J. Hauley is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies (www.genealogicalstudies.com) through the Continuing Education Program, University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada obtaining her Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, PLCGS, in Methodology, English and Canadian studies (over 100 courses); however, she has been involved in researching her own family history for more than 40 years. She has also received a basic certificate in German studies and has pursued alternate genealogical educational courses through the National Genealogical Society in the US, Pharos Tutors in London, England, webinars through Legacy Family Tree Webinars, Ontario Genealogical Society, along with many other online resources to round out her qualifications.

Education is an ongoing requirement of Genealogical Research.  Linda’s focus will be on learning more about the repositories available in the United States and completion of her Certificates in US studies.  As there are always more and more records becoming available and knowing where one can access them and what they are able to reveal is a top priority for a Professional Genealogist & Family Researcher. 

During the research on her own family, Linda started collecting all records of her maiden surname, Vodden and its variants, subsequently becoming a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and The Surname Society, both of which support studies in individual surnames.  

Linda is a member of the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (OCAPG), a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society as well as other societies and groups that can help her in doing research for you.  Her fascination with establishing positive identification of family lines in her one-name study has prompted membership in FamilyTreeDNA and submission of family DNA samples for testing with FamilyTreeDNA, Ancestry DnA, Living DNA and GEDmatch. The analyses of the results has brought about some surprising insights into the family history. As part of her research into DNA, Linda made some unusual discoveries to do with her father’s ancestry which is outlined in her blog: tracemyancestree.blogspot.com.

Member of the following Professional Societies:                                          

Vodden One-Name Study

“I have been engaged in a One Name Study of my maiden name of VODDEN since the early 1990’s.  Since Vodden is such an unusual name, I thought that there wouldn’t be many entries and this would be quite an easy task.  Not so!!

The name originated in Devon, England and due to the dialect of the Devonshire people back in the late 1600’s, there were many variations of the name, Vawden, Vowden, Bawden – to name a few.  So my study had to include them too!

More recently through social media, I have come to know the younger generation and compiled information that showed how they fit into our now complex family tree.  I have cousins now all over the world!!”


As a wife, mother of three, grandmother of eight and great grandmother of two, I delight in my family.  My husband and I have been happily married for 34 years.  We have twin sons, having celebrated their 48th birthdays, both married and successful in their careers. Both sons have one boy and three girls each.  Our two grandsons, one being the eldest at 27 and the other the youngest at 10 with the girls spaced out between, we affectionately call them “Our BookEnd Grandsons”!!  Our daughter, 37, a special needs adult, who enjoys her independence is unmarried but is constantly surrounded by friends and family.  My husband and I have three dogs – a sweet natured American Husky and the other two being precocious, very intelligent mini-dachshunds. Our household can be lively at times!

My husband and I enjoy travelling and while our most favourite places to vacation are Sedona, AZ and Maui, HI, we have visited many other states and cities in the US, including the other islands of Hawai’i, travelled to England and Wales (in search of our ancestors), Scotland, & Ireland and have been on three cruises, one which took us to all the Baltic Capitals including St. Petersburg, Russia, and another in the Mediterranean and the capitals of the many countries surrounding that sea. Further trips will probably take us back to spots that left a good first impression with us.”


Links to Professional Connections:
Guild of One Name Studies:    www.one-name.org
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies:      www.genealogicalstudies.com
Dr. Volker Jarren – German,  Researcher / Historian:   www.volkerjarren.de

Links to Research Websites:
Free Sites:
Family History Search:  www.familyhistory.org
RootsWeb, An Ancestry.com Community:    www.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Library and Archives Canada:   http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/index-e.html 
United Kingdom Births, Marriages & Deaths online:    http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/ 
GENUKI – UK & Ireland Genealogy:    http://www.genuki.org.uk/ 
The National Archives (England):   http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
The National Archives & Records Adminitration (US) or NARA:    http://www.archives.gov/

Subscription Sites:
Ancestry Website:   www.ancestry.com  
FindMyPast.com:  https://www.findmypast.com/ 
Genealogy Bank:  http://www.genealogybank.com/ 
North Wales Births, Marriages & Deaths online:  http://northwalesbmd.org.uk/
Origins.net:   http://www.origins.net/ 

Other Links of Interest:
Ancestral Atlas:  http://www.ancestralatlas.com/
Great Article on Family History Search:  http://www.veritasprep.com/genealogy-resources-by-veritas-prep/
Batch Listings for IGI Explained:  http://www.archersoftware.co.uk/igi/fs-batch.htm 
Cemetery Records Online:  http://www.interment.net/ 
Deceased Online (England):  http://www.deceasedonline.com/ 
The Inflation Calculator:   http://www.westegg.com/inflation/