By trade, I’m a doctor. I spent my professional career as a pediatric neurologist in both practice (treating patients) and academia (teaching and laboratory research). Yet, even before my profession as a physician, I was a historian, investigator, and documenter of my family heritage. I've become an expert in genealogical research and records. Combining my unique experience as an MD and Ph.D. in healthcare and academia, I’ve also become an expert in the complexities of DNA use in genealogy. Now a retired physician, I enjoy assisting others with their complex genealogical research. Whether you’ve done extensive research and just hit a dead-end or have little to no information and don’t know where to start, I’d love to connect to see if we can research and discover together the identity of who you are.
How Can I Help You
As a historian I have over 5 decades of researching and analyzing genealogical records including court documents, medical and grave yard records, census', pensions and much more. Rather that writing extensive reports, my style is to mentor you on your discovery journey. The goal is to find some answers but also to make you a better genealogist!
Teaching is my passion. In a long career in academic medicine I taught medical students, residents and peer colleagues. More importantly, I educated my patients, conveying complex scientific concepts in terms they could understand. This skill is transferable to the teaching I do with genealogists!
As an MD/PhD I have expertise managing complex DNA projects that help clients identify unknown ancestors, their geographic origins, and living relatives using the latest DNA best practices. My expertise is in crunching the big data from multiple DNA testers in an effort to find ancestors many generations back.
Through years of research and clinical experience, I have developed unique tools using advance graph analytics to link family tree graphs to graphs created by client's DNA matches. Creating autosomal haplotrees allows one to test hypotheses and discover clues about distant ancestors.
Do you have a idea and passion to transform genealogy? I'm an innovation broker, available to listen, critique and help you develop your vision, business plan and marketing strategy. Mentoring has been my passion for years in academia, our Chicago area healthcare incubator and at a Fortune 25 company.
My dad and I researched his birth mother for several years but after he passed away I lost the momentum to continue. Years later, when I resumed my research, I had forgotten details my dad shared with me. I hit a dead end. I hired David A Stumpf who found confirming documents and followed my dad's birth mothers family line to living children. And he did this within two weeks! Having earned my trust, I followed Dr. Stumpf's advice and did an initial DNA test to confirm relationships which also led to a second cousin once removed who I was able to meet face-to-face with their extended family. I couldn't have imagined this would be the result of my dad's and my research. It was a great way to honor my dad's legacy and add a colorful dimension to his life
Dr. Stumpf helped me research and put together an extensive application to the East Tennessee Historical Society that resulted in me being designated a "First Families of Tennessee." This high distinction is given to individuals who provide documentation they descended from a Tennessee pioneer who settled prior to its statehood on June 1, 1796. Dr. Stumpf conducted research that spanned early settler land grants, court documents, birth and death records, census records, Daughters of the Revolution records, and much much more. The application attachment he prepared was over 70 pages filled with his research findings that included citations and pictures of documents cataloged meticulously. My application was the first from my ancestor's line and even the Historical Society who verified and approved my membership commented on the level of detail Dr. Stumpf provided. His work, according to the Historical Society "is now cataloged and placed in the McClung Historical Collection and will serve as a valuable resource for other genealogists and family historians." Not only did he prepare the application, Dr. Stumpf also took the time to verbally present and defend my application to the Historical Society because of the level of detail that was involved in his findings. Because of Dr. Stumpf's expertise and help I am now a member of the First Families of Tennessee and proudly display the conferred membership certificate in my office and will pass this heirloom down to my children. Having moved to Tennessee five years ago from living out of state my whole life, this designation feels like generational destiny that I was brought back to the land my ancestors helped pioneer, unbeknownst to me prior to working with Dr. Stumpf. I unequivocally recommend his service to those wanting to learn and gain insight into their heritage! 5+ star satisfaction.