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Debra S. Fleming is the principal of The Ancestry Detective, LLC a genealogical speaking and research firm founded in Pasco County, Florida. She has been a practicing genealogist for eight years, trading her research time between her many New England immigrant ancestors and her husbandís southern colonials. Debra is the Genealogy Instructor for the University of South Florida.

Background Information

Debra S. Fleming is a graduate of Florida State University, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in Religion.

While at Florida State, Debra's classes of concentration included Poetic Technique with Van Brock, Article and Essay Writing with Wendy Bishop and Narrative Technique with Ann Turkle.  Her favorite non-writing course was with Biographer Douglas Fowler.

Debra was a half-scholarship recipient of the Summer Journalism Institute at the University of Florida.

 Tagged as the youngest female Development Director by New York University in 1995, Debra later went on to found The Aravot Company, LLC a consulting company for not for profit and for profit affordable housing developers.  Her professional profile is available at bright fuse. 

As a writer, Debra Fleming is flexible in her venue.  She has written poetry, articles, blogs, essays and of course grants.  A grant writer for the last 17 years, Debra has procured over 98 Million dollars for affordable housing.

Debra is currently working on her Certification with the Board of Certification of Genealogists (BCG). She is currently a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE).

Her major influences are Lord Byron, Louise Hay, and Debbie Ford.

Technical Writing Credits Include:

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program Best Practices Manual: A guide to underwriting Florida HFA Projects: Florida Housing Finance Agency, 1994.

Chapter 9I-34 and 9I-40 of the Florida Administrative Code.

Reports to Governors Office, US HUD and the FHFA Board of Directors.

Authored numerous articles for the Florida HFA Outlook including "Hendrickson Resigns".

Newspaper Credits Include:

Miami New Times, Misc Op Ed Pieces.

ICE MAGAZINE, Palm Beach County September to December 1993 Published poetry, op-ed pieces and devoted a single issue on the Local PBC Music Scene

FLORIDA FLAMBEAU, April 1994 Cover story -- Article on “Tips for getting a job in the real world”

Newsletters and MISC:

FLORIDA HFA OUTLOOK newsletter, Florida Housing Finance Agency Volume 2 No. 3, Spring/Summer 1994 Article’s Included the Cover Article “Hendrickson Resigns”, “Over 33 Million Available During HOME Disaster Relief Cycle” and “HOME’s Home Ownership Program: A Profile.”

Managing Editor of THE CENTRO NEWS a South Dade County, Florida newsletter, July, 1995.  Articles Included “From Tent City to Home Owners…The Monharas Family” and “Serving the Survivors, Centro Remembers Andrew”. 

Managing Editor of MORE THAN BRICKS The Journal of Affordable Housing Solutions for Florida, Inc., Fall 1999.  Authored all articles in Journal.

PENWARE POETRY AWARD ANTHOLOGY 1994, Poems selected from the Penware National Poetry Competition, published “PMS and the Missing Dove Bar”, pg. 42.














Grant Writer for Affordable Housing Industry with own Consulting Company The Aravot Company, LLC.  Procuring over 98 million dollars for clients involved in affordable housing development and administration of affordable housing development/services with 79% overall success rate on funding applications









Penware Poetry Award Anthology, 1994
ICE Magazine Award for Poetry, 1993
Third Place Seminole Classic in Prose, 1990
Pathfinder Scholorship Nominee for Forensics, 1989
Award for Humerous Writing, Palm Beach Post, 1989
Award for Public Speaking, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1989
District Champion Oral Interpretation of Literature, Florida Forensic Program, 1989.
Catholic Forensic League Nationals, 1989 for Oral Interpretation of Literature.

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I am on Facebook, Myspace, Paperbackswap and Library Thing. Look for me as Debra S. Fleming or Debra Sandstrom Fleming and friend me!

Contact Information
The Ancestry Detective, LLC
PO Box 2210 
Land O' Lakes FL 34639   USA
Contact Author: Debra S Fleming

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