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Marilyn Conner

Legal and Investigation Background

I have extensive experience in the legal field, starting in 1968 in my home town of El Reno, Oklahoma.  Later, I worked in the Court Clerk's office of the county courthouse.  My family moved to Oklahoma City in 1980 to be closer to my husband's job.  There I worked at some of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Oklahoma City, first as a legal secretary and then as a paralegal. My specialty was litigation, and I was fortunate to participate in many trials over the course of my tenure.  In 1997, I became a Certified Legal Assistant after passing the qualifying tests administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants.

​The Internet was a new and exciting world in the late 1990's as more and more records were made available online.  In the summer of 2001, I attended a legal seminar where they taught about the vast resources cropping up on the Internet and how to access them.
 
I went back to my law firm and started putting this knowledge to work on our cases.  Attorneys were surprised at the results.  They decided to take advantage of my newly discovered capabilities, offering to send me to school to be a private investigator.  I became the first "in-house investigator" at one of the largest law firms in Oklahoma City.

After a few years of working for the law firm, I opened my own private investigation agency.  Clients included the general public, as well as attorneys located in Oklahoma, Arizona and California.  During this time, I helped two adoptees find birth families, without the help of DNA testing.  Those were some of the most satisfying and rewarding cases of all.
 
When my husband retired, we sold our home and most of our belongings, bought a RV, and took off traveling -- for 10 years!  During this time, I let my investigation agency go inactive.  However, I worked as a freelance paralegal for an attorney in Arizona who did collection work.  My job was locating people, doing asset checks, and finding employment, all from my motorhome.    

Like the saying goes, "All good things must come to an end." Having had enough of the cramped RV lifestyle, we bought a home in El Reno and settled down again.

I have renewed my private investigator's license and am open for business once again.  Let me know if I can help you.

Marilyn Conner


GENEALOGY

When I became interested in genealogy research back in the 1990's, I questioned my parents about our family history. I discovered they didn't know anything about their families beyond their own parents and siblings. That was about to change, because I wanted to know!  The Internet revolution had caused places like state archives, genealogy societies, and courthouses, to begin uploading historic records to the Internet.  Suddenly, genealogy research was easier than ever before.  

My love for history and information about my ancestors is an addiction.  It's a fire I can't put out. Every genealogist faces the inevitable "brick wall," and for 15 years, I struggled to piece it all together.  Many courthouse records in the South were burned or destroyed during the Civil War, making research frustrating.  In 2015, I submitted a DNA test to Ancestry and, as a result, those brick walls are crumbling all around me. 

Each week, I spend countless hours going through my DNA matches along with the historic records Ancestry has made available.  I am solving puzzles and corresponding with cousins and other relatives trying to identify the matches.  According to Ancestry.com, I have over 2,400 living relatives going back four generations.  When you go back that many generations, it is a tangled web.  Great strides have been made, however, all because I spit in a little tube.

Because of my genealogy experience, a good friend asked if I could help find her birth family.  She was adopted as a baby, but throughout her life, she wrestled with those haunting questions. She waited until her adoptive parents had passed away and then pressed forward, seeking answers about her origins.  Despite her attempts, my friend had been unsuccessful.  She did not know what else to do.  

DNA TESTS DO NOT LIE!  My friend submitted her DNA to Ancestry and waited impatiently to see what it would show. The results came back and immediately showed relationships for the birth mother and birth father.  By looking at these family trees and doing a little "Tracers Magic," I was able to answer the questions that had plagued my friend all her life.  

In less than a week, she was talking to family members on the phone.  It was exciting for her, and for me, too!  All the family members welcomed her wholeheartedly.  She has met siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles she never knew about.  The sad part of this story is that she waited too long, and both parents had already passed away.

That experience was so much fun, I decided to try it again.  The next couple of cases were also successful, and I became passionate about helping people solve their mystery.  I knew this was something I had to do.  

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Note:  I do not do genealogy research for other people.  The exception is in working with adoptees and others who have no knowledge of their family history.
                                                                             
                                                                    
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