professional Experience

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

(former full-time tenured family history faculty)

Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah


Fellow, American Society of Genealogists

Fellow, National Genealogical Society

Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association

Elected a life member of the National Genealogical Society

National Genealogical Society President's Citation

National Genealogical Society Distinguished Service Award

National Genealogical Society Award of Merit

Utah Genealogical Association Annual Silver Tray Award

Utah Genealogical Association Distinguished Service Award

Life member, Ohio Genealogical Society, Bellville, Ohio

Certificate of Appreciation from the American Society of Genealogists, October 2013

Richard Lloyd Anderson Research Award presented at BYU, March 2003

Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award presented at BYU March 2015 

Publications: a selected list

“William Weissenbach and Anna Knost of Germany, Ohio, and Missouri.” Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 4 (2018): 351–75.

"Migration from the Isle of Man to the Western Reserve in Ohio." Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, 58:3 (2018): 235-49.

Nauvoo & Hancock County, Illinois: A Guide to Family History and Historical Sources. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, 2014.

"Family History and Genealogy." In The Mormons: An Illustrated History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, edited by Roy A. Prete et al. London: Merrell Publishers, 2013, 120-25.

"Genealogy, 1894-Present." In Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-day Saint History, 2nd ed., edited by Brandon S. Plewe et al. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 2014, 152-53.

Genealogical Research in Ohio, 2nd ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003.

Reading Early American Handwriting. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1998.


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Kip Sperry

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