Meet Our Professional Genealogists

ProGenealogists® is the official research firm of Ancestry.com. Our staff consists of professional genealogists with extensive research and genealogical experience serving professional, government, media, and individual clients worldwide.

Researchers for North America, Ireland and the British Isles

Kyle Betit, BS (Biology) is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author residing in Salt Lake City, Utah with over 20 years experience. Kyle makes frequent trips to on-site research locales throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, France, Poland, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe to conduct research for clients and give lectures.
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Joseph Shumway, AG® began genealogy research at a young age, and has over a decade of experience. In 2001, Joseph was honored by the Wyoming State Historical Society and was presented the Young Historian of the Year Award. He conducts research in the United Kingdom, as well as all regions of North America, including Latin America.
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George E. Ott has worked full-time as a professional genealogist for over 35 years. He specializes in U.S. reesarch (especially the Mid-Atlantic States) and Italian research. As a founding member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, George is well-known in the industry as a proponent of professional genealogical research and standards. 
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Kory Meyerink, BS, MLS, AG®, FUGA, has been involved in nearly every aspect of genealogy and family history for the past 20 years. Kory is an accredited genealogist in four geographic areas (Germany, Midwestern U.S., Eastern U.S. and New England U.S.). He specializes in tracing the origins of German and Dutch immigrants.
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Paul C. Reed, FASG specializes in researching families of Colonial America, the United States (Southern States), Wales, and England. He has been actively involved in genealogical research for over 25 years, and works as a full-time professional. He is adept at solving complex and difficult research problems. 
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Gordon L. Remington, FUGA, FASG is an accomplished genealogist and author with a professional career spanning over 30 years. Mr. Remington is a well-known scholar embracing New York research, New England, and Mid-Atlantic states research. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 1999. 
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Lorraine Bourne, AG® has conducted professional genealogical research since 2004 and specializes in United States Colonial and Southern States research, including African American and Native American family history.
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Kathy Cortez, MA (Psychology) has been fully employed as a full-time professional genealogist and lecturer since 2004. She specializes in United States, United Kingdom, and Northern European research and travels to Europe for on-site research as needed.
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Neil Holden, BS (Geography) is a graduate of the University of Utah, and a native of England. Neil specializes in immigrant, Irish, American and Canadian research. He is an excellent author.
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Paul K. Graham, MHP, CG is a Southern States professional genealogist and published author. He's worked as a professional genealogist since 2004, having recently obtained a professional certificate in geographic information systems. 
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Cheryl Coats, BA (History) has conducted genealogical research for over 30 years years. She enjoys conducting family history research in the United States, Canada, Sweden, Ireland, and Scotland.
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David T. Johnston is a full-time genealogist who specializes in United States and U.S. Southern States research. A former U.S. Air Force pilot, he now has put his navigation skills to work in finding long-lost ancestors for clients.

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Kellie Scherbel, BA is a full-time genealogist specializing in DAR, British Isles, and Hungary and the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.
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Judith Hansen, BA (Family History), MLS, AG® focuses her research skills on complex Southern States research. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in genealogy, she finished a Masters in Library Science, and became Accredited in both Mid-South and Gulf South U.S. research in 1993.
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Christine Sharbrough, CGSM is a Certified Genealogist, having been in practice since 1992. She specializes in Eastern States, Scandinavian, and Italian research.
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Researchers with European Specialties

Paul Schmidt, BA (History) worked as an archivist at NARA for over a decade. He has traveled extensively in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and specializes in genealogical research for German speaking cultures, which includes most of central Europe.
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Gary Horlacher, MA, Ph.D has been conducting genealogical research since he was 12 years old. He speicalizes in family history for Scandinavian countries, German speaking countries, and immigration research.
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Kevan M. Hansen, specializes in German family history research. He's the author of several German family history books and has worked as a professional genealogist for over 25 years.
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Mark Sowa, BS (History), MEd has over 35 years of research experience in all areas of North America and Europe, including Poland, Germany, Italy and the British Isles. With U.S. research, he focuses on problem solving and emigration/immigration challenges. 
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Daniel Schlyter, AG® has over 35 years of genealogical research experience. He has extensive experience in Polish, Czech, Slovak, German, Swedish, and Hungarian genealogy and has helped many Jewish researchers solve complex genealogical research problems. For decades he worked at the famous Family History Library as a Collection Management Specialist responsible for records of Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Germany. 
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Judith Wight, BA (Family History), AG® focuses her professional research in Great Britain and Ireland. Ms. Wight has worked as a professional genealogist since 1973 and she has extensive research experience in U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, England, and Scotland. Her Accredited Genealogist credentials include Ireland (as of 1979), Australia (1996) and Scotland (1998).
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Tadeusz Hubert Pilat, MLS, AG® was born in Raciborz, Silesia, Poland (previously Ratibor, Schlesien, in Germany). He currently resides in Tarnobrzeg, in eastern Poland. He pursued Library studies at the University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin, Poland, focusing on the history of books and old documents. Tadeusz is an Accredited Genealogist specializing in Polish research. In addition to being fluent in Polish, German, and English, he can read Latin and Russian Cyrillic.
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E. Wade Hone has been professionally involved in historical and genealogical research since 1984. His educational background is in world history and linguistics. He is a national speaker on various U.S., Scandinavian and Eastern European subjects, and has produced numerous multimedia presentations. 
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Professional Associations and Postnominals

In order to understand some of the postnominals listed above, or to learn more about professional genealogical associations you might like to view a listing of genealogist organizations that provide certification, accreditation, and/or professional membership.

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