Brandon Josef Szinavel was born in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Brandon served for 2 years for the Family History in the LDS Church, studying micro films, researching documents, assisting Patrons in their search and perfecting his profession. He had the privilege of meeting Dr. Eugene Lyon and continuing to pursuit the years of research- BrandonSzinavel worked on the following:
- Lawsuits of the Heirs of Christopher Columbus 1999-2008, the genealogy, heraldry, titles of notable conquistadors.
- 1999 to present with colonial Spanish families in Puerto Rico.Worked together with members of the Instituto Dominicano de Genealogía on Spanish families who settled in the island of Hispanola from 1496-1820s.
- Co-Worked with Dr Eugene Lyon since 2000 and researched the genealogy of Adeltando Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés’s genealogy and kin, parish records in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Saint Augustine, Florida, South America, as well as military, titles, knighthoods and the records in the Archives of the Indies in Seville.
- 2009 Szinavel worked on a gold chalice which had a coat of arms and resulting it being founded off the shipwreck of the Santa Margarita and the discovery known as “The Atocha” plus ownership to the chalice.
- 2012 Brandon Szinavel and Doctor Eugene Lyon wrote an article that is in included in the new book “The Voyages of Ponce de Leon: Scholarly Perspectives” (FHS Press) compiled and edited by James Cusick and Sherry Johnson.
- In 2013 Szinavel had identified Spanish exiles that made it to the Southern Philippines and found their ancestry in Spain.
- In 2014-204 Szinavel worked on data on and documenting shipwrecks with Dr Eugene Lyon. They have identified over 100 wrecks throughout the world and of numerous nations and as well pirates too.