Since 1991, Glen has been actively conducting genealogical and historical research. His research and writing is influenced by his interdisciplinary interest in US and Central European history, international relations, and theatre.
Glen’s passion for genealogy started when he began discovering his unique 500-year-old Austrian roots and running up against brick walls on so many other lines in the United States. The family traditions, and lack thereof, captured his attention. This inspired Glen to investigate further, the heritage of his Austrian ancestors and the conditions of his American.
His interest in US and European history, genealogy, and the human condition led to a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and German from Willamette University. After a brief hiatus from academia, Glen returned to studying history, focusing his attention on his ancestral homeland, the Holy Roman Empire (specifically the Tyrol) and its Habsburg heritage. These studies evolved into a master’s thesis for The University of Chicago, in which he investigated the development of Austrian cultural identity in the 19th century. The thesis required in depth genealogical understanding of the Imperial House of Habsburg-Lothringen, for which Glen’s many years of experience in genealogy became invaluable.
An expert researcher, Glen is a published writer and editor, his contributions to genealogy and family cultural heritage consisting of:
- “Noble Family Histories Demystified: The German and Austrian Example,” Archives.com Expert Series, 22 August 2012.
- “Handling US Census Conundrums, Inconsistencies and Discrepancies,” Archives.com Expert Series, 1 December 2011.
- "The Habsburg Most Illustrious Order of the Golden Fleece: Its potential relevance on modern culture in the European Union," Historicni seminar 7 (2009) [e-publication] 7 (2009): 9-38, Available through: Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, web page accessed 21 December 2010, free registration required.
- "Archduke Johann of Austria and His Legacy," The European Royal History Journal, XXXVII-XXXVIII (2004).
- "The Someda de Chiaramonte Family," Collegium res nobilis Austriae (2000), web page accessed 24 December 2010.
Glen W. Covert Professional Genealogist is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, “Adler” Heraldic-Genealogical Society, and the Austrian Society for Genealogy and History. He is also a Genealogy Special Advisor of The International Commission and Association on Nobility (TICAN).
He was a judge for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors' "Excellence-in-Writing" competition.