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Alvie L. Davidson

Portrait of Alvie Davidson CG

Lecturer: Courses 3, 6


Alvie L. Davidson, Certified Genealogist, specializes in missing persons and genealogical applications of investigations. He became a Florida state licensed private investigator upon retiring from Naval Intelligence in the U.S. Naval Reserve after 22 years of service.


Alvie is an alumnus of the National Institute on Genealogical Research, (NIGR) in Washington, DC (1998, 2007), and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University (1999, 2000). He is the founder and President Emeritus of the Imperial Polk Genealogical Society in Lakeland, Florida, and now serves as Chairman of the Polk County (FL) Historical Commission. Alvie is currently serving his third elected term on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists.


In addition to teaching at IGHR, Alvie is the author of Florida Land: Records of the Tallahassee and Newnansville General Land Office, 1826-1892 (Heritage Books, 1989) and has published articles in Everton's Genealogical Helper. He has lived most of his adult life in Central Florida, and presently resides in Lakeland, Florida. Additional information can be found on his website at www.floridadetective.net.



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