About Parker Archival Services

Marisa Parker, Master of Archival Studies (MAS) Candidate

Marisa Parker, Master of Archival Studies (MAS) Candidate

My name is Marisa Parker and I am an archival student and genealogist based in Vancouver, B.C. I am passionate about archives, history, genealogy and helping families preserve their heritage for future generations.

I provide a range of archival and genealogical services, including the preservation and digitization of historical documents and photographs.

An overview of services is available on the following pages: Family Archives, and Genealogy & Family History.


Why Should You Hire Me?

As an archival student and genealogist, I have a cross-discipline understanding of historical records and how to use them to bring history to life.

An archivist is a professional educated in archival science. The primary role of an archivist is to manage, preserve, and facilitate access to records with historical, informational, and evidential value. Archivists possess a body of theoretical and practical knowledge that encompasses the appraisal and disposition, acquisition, arrangement and description, and ongoing preservation of analog and digital records. My archival knowledge is based on formal education and experience working in museums and archives.

A professional genealogist is an individual who researches and records family history in adherence to accepted genealogical standards and ethics. Although universities are beginning to offer academic genealogy courses, many genealogists obtain knowledge and practical skills through the study of professional texts and publications, extensive research experience, and engagement in genealogical forums and associations. My genealogical research methods are based upon practical and theoretical archival knowledge, experience researching, analyzing and interpreting archival materials, and distance education through the National Genealogical Society.


Summary of Qualifications

Learning museum object care and handling procedures at the Museum of Anthropology, November 2012.

Learning museum object care and handling procedures at the Museum of Anthropology, November 2012.

I am a second-year graduate student in the Masters of Archival Studies program at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at UBC.

My qualifications include:

  • Over three years of experience working in archives and cultural institutions (Jewish Museum and Archives, Vancouver Holocaust Education Center, University of Victoria Special Collections & University Archives, and Museum of Anthropology) as a student archives assistant or digitization assistant.
  • Successful completion of the first year of the Archival Studies graduate program at UBC.
  • Training in the preservation, care and handling of archival materials and museum objects.
  • Experience digitizing photographs, negatives, slides, textual records, and audio cassettes for archives and museums.
  • Experience researching in archival repositories, accessing records online, and using online genealogical services.
  • Membership in the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). I adhere to the APG Code of Ethics and benefit from professional development resources offered through the association. 

After graduation, I plan on pursuing the designation of Certified Genealogist (CG) through the Board for Certification of Genealogists.