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Professor of
Family History

Professional Experience
Professional Activities
Professional Interests
Current Projects


Professional Experience

  • Professor of family history, Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Former Associate Professor of family history, Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Former Assistant Professor of family history, Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Former instructor of family history at Brigham Young University Salt Lake Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Formerly employed at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • United States and Canada Collection Development Specialist
  • Supervisor, United States and Canada Reference Unit
  • Senior Reference Consultant
  • M.L.S. degree in Library and Information Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • B.S. and A.S. degrees in family history and genealogy from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Lecturer at national, state, and local family history conferences and seminars.
  • Former Associate Director, Center for Family History and Genealogy, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (http://familyhistory.byu.edu).
  • Editor, BYU Family Historian (online journal) (www.lib.byu.edu/dlib/spc/famhistorian).



Lectures and Seminars: A Selected List

Instructor at the following genealogical and family history seminars and conferences:

  • Ricks College Education Week, Rexburg, Idaho (7-9 June 2001)
  • Brigham Young University, Laie, Hawaii, BYU Education Week (July-August 1997)
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah:
  • BYU Annual Genealogy and Family History Conferences, Provo, Utah (1973-1995, 1999, 2001)
  •  BYU Campus Education Weeks, Provo, Utah 1986-1994, 1997, 1999
  • National Genealogical Society Annual Conference in the States:
      •   Providence, Rhode Island (31 May-3 June 2000)
      •   Denver, Colorado (6-9 May 1998)
      •   Nashville, Tennessee (8-11 May 1996)
      •   San Diego, California (3-6 May 1995)
      •   Houston, Texas (1-4 June 1994)
      •   Jacksonville, Florida (29 April-2 May 1992)
      •   Portland, Oregon (29 May-1 June 1991)
      •   Arlington, Virginia (6-9 June 1990)
      •   Biloxi, Mississippi (27-30 April 1988)
      •   Raleigh, North Carolina (13-16 May 1987)
      •   Columbus, Ohio (28-31 May 1986)
      •   Salt Lake City, Utah (9 Aug 1985)
      •   San Francisco, California (May 1984)
      •   Fort Worth, Texas (13-16 April 1983)
      •   Indianapolis, Indiana (May 1982)
      •   Atlanta, Georgia (May 1981)
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conferences
     •   Ontario, California (7-10 August 2002)
     •   Salt Lake City, Utah (6-9 September 2000)
     •   Cincinnati, Ohio (19-22 August 1998)
     •   Salt Lake City, Utah (15-18 August 1990)
     •   Boston, Massachusetts (August 1988)
     •   Denver, Colorado (September 1984)
     •   Providence, Rhode Island (31 May-3 June 2000)
     •   Hartford, Connecticut (July 1983)

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Professional Activities

  • Certified Genealogist (CG), Board for Certification of Genealogists, Washington, DC
  • Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL), Board for Certification of Genealogists, Washington, DC
  • Accredited Genealogist (AG), International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, Salt Lake City, in three United States regions: New England states, Eastern (Middle Atlantic) states, and Midwestern states
  • Former Contributing Editor, The American Genealogist
  • Former Contributing Editor, National Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Trustee, Board for Certification of Genealogists, Washington, DC, 1995-1999
  • National Conference Chair, GENTECH 2000 national computer conference, San Diego, Calif., 27-29 January 2000
  • National Genealogical Society, Arlington, Virginia:
      •   NGS Council member (1982 to 1992)
      •   National Conference Chairman for the 1995 (San Diego, California),
            1991 (Portland, Oregon), 1985 (Salt Lake City), and 1984 (San Francisco)
            NGS Annual Conferences in the States
      •   National Program Co-chairman, 1985 NGS Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah
      •   Member of NGS program committees, 1981 through 1991, NGS Annual Conferences
            in the States
      •   Program subcommittee chairman, 1992 NGS Conference (Jacksonville, FL) and 1988
            NGS Conference (Biloxi, MS)
      •   Chairman, NGS Institutional Genealogical Services Committee (1986-1990)
      •   Member, NGS Milton Rubincam Youth Award Committee (1987-1988)
      •   Chairman, NGS Public Relations Committee (1982-1984)

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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Society of Genealogists
  • Fellow, National Genealogical Society
  • Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association
  • National Genealogical Society President's Citation
  • National Genealogical Society Distinguished Service Award
  • National Genealogical Society Award of Merit
  • International Society of Family History Writers and Editors: First place award for family
    history columns, 2001 Excellence-in-Writing Competition
  • International Society of Family History Writers and Editors: First place award for feature
    articles in a newspaper, 2000 Excellence-in-Writing Competition
  • GENTECH Certificate of Appreciation
  • Utah Genealogical Association Annual Award
  • Utah Genealogical Association Distinguished Service Award
  • Florida State Genealogical Society Certificate of Appreciation
  • Genealogical Institute of Texas Certificate of Appreciation, Dallas, Texas
  • Elected an honorary life member, Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Inc., Portland, Oregon
  • Richard Lloyd Anderson Research Award, Brigham Young University, 2002-2003, for research scholarship.

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Membership in Professional Organizations

  • American Society of Genealogists, Derry, New Hampshire
  • Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Portland (life member)
  • National Genealogical Society, Arlington, Virginia
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Ohio Genealogical Society, Mansfield, Ohio
  • Society of Genealogists, London, England
  • Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio

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Professional Interests

Teaching American genealogy and family history; genealogical education; genealogical research in United States and Canadian records, New England states, Eastern states, Ohio and other Midwestern states, England, Scotland, Isle of Man; writing, editing, writing book reviews; application of personal computers to genealogy; Personal Ancestral File genealogical software; compiling American genealogies for publication; English and Scottish origins of Americans, and paleography (reading early American handwriting).

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Current Projects

New England states research; Ohio genealogical and local sources and compiled genealogies; Nauvoo, Illinois; Western Reserve in northeastern Ohio; American paleography; English and Scottish origins of Americans; writing book reviews.

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