About Me

Patricia is a genealogist and scientist. A native of Richmond, VA, she currently lives in Grand Marais, MN with her husband, Dave Coleman.  Patricia received her BS in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and her PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis, CA.  She worked as a research chemist in industry for 25 plus years. As an infrared spectroscopist she arranged and chaired numerous seminars, and edited books based on two of these seminars.  Patricia recently graduated from ProGen58.  In 2021 she completed GRIP Irish Genealogical Research Part II and completed Irish Genealogical Research Part III in 2022.

I became interested in researching my family after finding extensive notes my Dad had written on the family many years earlier.  He’d helped his third cousin writing a book about his mother’s side of the family, but he had done extensive trees on my Mom’s side of the family as well.  After starting a tree on Ancestry I found second cousins I never knew existed!  That started me on the journey to find more cousins and to dig deeper into the family. Shortly after that Dave’s Aunt, who had been digging in the Coleman family for many years, asked him to take a DNA test. Thus began my adventures into analyzing DNA to find more cousins and extend the family tree. Currently I am a moderator for the  DNA Painter user group and the Genetic Affairs user group on Facebook.