During his confirmation hearing in 2013, United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman cited his and his wife Vicki's family ties to the country (video 1:57–2:42). Bruce and Vicki had contacted Lisa Thaler to expand her prior research on their ancestors who had immigrated to Canada in 1910 and 1911. Lisa's monumental work, commissioned by the Heyman-Simons family, is Enduring Legacies (1998, 536 pp., 438 illus., 40 maps). The book is lauded for having set a new standard in genealogy, and was included in the exhibition "Jewish Roots in Chicago" (Spertus Institute, 2000). For another local family, Lisa researched and wrote the narrative genealogies A Shared Life (2015) and A Promise Kept (2013).