Our Team of Experts

For more than 15 years our professional researchers have been helping people just like you trace their family trees and connect with the past. And with more than 150 years of combined research experience, we have the team with the passion and knowledge you can trust to discover your family story.

Angela Lucas

Angela is a Certified Genealogist ® from Alabama specializing in Southern research, particularly in the Deep South. She enjoys working with maps and land records, court documents, and military records to solve “brick walls,” and she loves helping others discover their...

Angie Bush

As one of the most sought after genetic genealogists and internationally recognized educators in the field, Angie Bush combines years of experience in biotech with a passion for genealogical research and a unique ability to solve seemingly impossible cases. Her primary...

Barry Kline

Barry Kline is a northern Virginia native who has expertise in DNA, mid-Atlantic and Southern research, with an emphasis in early Shenandoah Valley migrations. He has used his knowledge to solve cases of unknown parentage from Colonial America to the present day...

Bekah Purcell

Bekah’s interest in genealogy began as she listened to her parents and grandparents share stories about her ancestors’ origins in England, Wales, and Switzerland. She was surrounded by their pictures and their histories as she grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was...

Bethany Waterbury

Bethany Waterbury has years of experience using cutting-edge DNA testing and 20th and 21st century genealogical research to help adoptees and others with unknown parentage in their search to find their birth families. She also has extensive expertise in the...

Brian Schellenberg

Brian hails from Minnesota, but he studied history at Colorado College and spent a semester in Austria taking classes through the University of Vienna. He now calls Utah home and has been working with ProGen for more than three years.

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Brittany Begay

Brittany began researching her own family after the 2007 death of her grandfather, Jack Bradshaw, who was an Osage Indian. He had passed down oral history to Brittany, and following up on that in the early days of her interest in family history led her to research the...

Brittney Hinner

Brittney is a Wisconsin native. Her enthusiasm for genealogy was affirmed when she met relatives of her immigrant great-grandfather while she lived in Poland. Brittney holds an International Master in Russian, Central and East European Studies from the University of...

Cheryl Coats

Cheryl began genealogical research on her own family in 1974. The first ancestral line she researched was in Sweden, and she was able to trace her family back into the 1600s. With this success, she was hooked. Her interest in genealogy inspired her to...

Christophe Landry

Christophe’s experience unites academic history, linguistics, and genealogy. He earned a doctorate in American History in the UK, specializing in 20th century interwar era linguistic and identity changes in the US South. He was discouraged from utilizing genealogy in...

Claire Egginton

Claire’s interest in genealogy developed while studying Irish History. Her broad educational background includes extensive studies in geography and medieval Irish and Celtic studies as well as a Higher Diploma in Irish History and a Masters Degree in Irish History....

Crystal Farish

Crystal has a passion for history and discovered a love of genealogy after finding newspaper articles about her Civil War ancestors when she was a teenager.  Her interest in rsearch and analysis of evidence led her to pursue a career as a certified corporate...

David McDonald

Dr. David McDonald conducts research throughout the United States and Europe. His particular interests are in New England, the mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, the upper South and the Great Plains. Dave also conducts research for lineage society applications. His Wisconsin...

Dawne Slater

Dawne Slater has been a Certified Genealogist® for more than 20 years. Before coming to AncestryProGenealogists, she was a librarian at the renowned Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism...

Debra Carter

Debra Carter has long held a passion for genealogy, and developed her research skills and professional genealogy business acumen while living around the world, including stops in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Norway, Canada, and Indonesia. During...

Deena Darst

Deena Darst is passionate about creating family legacies that connect the past, present, and future generations by uncovering those relatives who were previously lost to history. She specializes in the niche of forensic genealogy, locating living persons through both...

Elizabeth M. Young

Elizabeth Young is an expert genetic genealogist who focuses on helping clients solve unknown parentage mysteries. She also specializes in Midwest and Atlantic states research. Elizabeth grew up in Northeast Wisconsin, and from an early age, loved listening to her...

Eva Goodwin

Eva Goodwin grew up in Upstate New York and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, but her undergraduate degrees in philosophy and German could not have predicted her eventual career path. She has had a life-long fascination with history and genealogy...

George Ott

George has worked as a professional genealogist for more than 40 years. After receiving a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in 1974, he moved to Salt Lake City and worked for Genealogical Services Inc. until 1980. In 1979, he was a member...

Gordon L. Remington

Gordon L. Remington, FUGA, FASG a native of western New York State, has 39 years’ experience as a professional genealogist. He is a nationally and internationally known author and lecturer on New York State records and research.

Jake Fletcher

When he was very young, Jake became enthralled with his family history while listening to fascinating stories about his ancestors. Then, during a summer trip in 2008, he visited the birthplace of his 3x great-grandfather Patrick Edward Connor in County Kerry, Ireland....

Janette Silverman

Janette began her genealogical journey more than 35 years ago as a hobby with her father. What started as a hobby quickly became more as she immersed herself in Jewish history, both as a student and a teacher. She has been president of a Jewish...

Jeffery Lensman

Jeffery grew up in the Mission Valley of northwestern Montana, but he moved across the country to attend the University of Memphis, earning a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems/Decision Sciences. Before college, he had already realized...

Joanna Cicely Fennell

Joanna is an Irish-born genealogist, with a BA in Italian and an MA in Film Studies. She is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde's Genealogical Studies programme, and a full member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland. She speaks a number of European...

Joe Buggy

As a qualified social science researcher, Joe has developed a deep understanding of local culture and history in his native Ireland. In 2010, he followed millions of Irish people before him and immigrated to the United States, where he turned his passion for genealogy...

Joseph B. Shumway

Joseph discovered the thrill of genealogy at age 12, and at 14, he began volunteering at his local Family History Center. By age 16 he was teaching classes and lecturing on various family history topics, and at age 18 was presented the Young Historian of the...

Julie Merrill

Julie Merrill was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but she was raised in San Diego, California, on a U.S. Navy base. Growing up away from extended family made her realize the value of family and her ancestral origins.

Karen J Matheson

Karen J. Matheson is an Accredited Genealogist® with nearly 30 years of genealogical research experience. She is comfortable with all U.S. research, but her area of specialty is Southern U.S. research problems. Karen started her career with a Salt Lake City-based...

Kathryn Moore

Kathryn was introduced to family history for the first time when she was 15 years old, and she fell in love with it right from the start. Prior to joining ProGen, she owned her own genealogy research company. She loves to teach and has taught...

Katie Ledbetter

Katie fell in love with genealogy during an internship in England while standing on the docks at Liverpool from which many of her ancestors sailed in the mid 1800s. As she stood there, she imagined what they must have felt: Turmoil as they left the home...

Kelly McMahon Willette

Kelly McMahon Willette, CG ® is a Norfolk, Virginia, native and a graduate of the College of William and Mary. Her interest in genealogy began at a young age, when she began researching her family lines from Surry County, Virginia, and Jamestown. Her professional...

Kevan Hansen

Kevan's first exposure to genealogy was from his grandfather. As a teenager, Kevan made many trips with his grandfather to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He learned that it wasn't just collecting names, but learning the stories and history...

Kory L. Meyerink

Kory began his career in genealogy as a record searcher while attending Brigham Young University, and he has been involved in nearly all aspects of the field for almost 40 years. He served on the staff of the Family History Library as a reference consultant...

Krysten Baca

Krysten developed a passion for family history as a child, as she spent time with her great grandmother. This passion turned into a career in 2004 when she joined Ancestry.com. Before she was a research manager, she was a genealogist with the...

Kyle J. Betit

As an avid traveler and the manager of Ancestry’s travel program, Kyle enjoys taking people on ancestral journeys, whether it is on a group heritage tour or to visit their exact ancestral...

Lindsay Jackson

Lindsay Jackson has had an interest in genealogy for years and honed her research skills while earning a bachelor’s degree in international studies, with a minor in history, from the University of Utah. She participated in a study abroad program in London, England,...

Lindsay Levine

Lindsay was raised in the small (and curiously-named) town of Parachute, Colorado. She left for the big city in order to earn her bachelor’s degree in history, English literature, and Russian language from the University of Denver, then moved to Washington D.C. where...

Lorraine Bourne

Lorraine has been enthusiastically involved in genealogy and family history work for many years. She has conducted professional genealogy research since 2004 and joined ProGen in 2009, working on client research and the Who Do You Think You Are? TV series, researching...

Margaret Crymes

Originally from North Carolina, Margaret recently relocated to Salt Lake City from California. Her family tree, which she has researched for more than 20 years, is rooted mainly in the Southern United States, except for one branch stretching through Indiana, Ohio, and...

Megan Wright

Megan has always been fascinated by history, and she discovered a love for genealogy after finding old pedigree charts that her grandparents had compiled. She attended the University of Utah and earned a bachelor's degree in history. After college, ...

Michael Miller

Michael has a master's degree in history from California State University Long Beach and a bachelor's degree in classics. He comes from a long line of genealogists, and he has done research for more than a decade.

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Nathan Murphy

Nathan Murphy grew up in Kentucky, inheriting his father’s passion for genealogy at a young age. Southern United States, colonial immigration, and English research are his specialties. In 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists.

Neil Holden

Neil grew up in Sussex, England, before moving to Utah in 2001. He has a long-term interest in migrations of people throughout the world, particularly within the nations and colonies of the former British Empire. His studies of the social history and...

Paul A. Schmidt

Paul became interested in genealogy when he started asking questions of relatives and made a trip to the New York Public Library to see what he could find. In one afternoon, he discovered Mayflower ancestry, and he has been hooked for the 40 years...

Paul K. Graham

Paul began his career as a title examiner and has been doing genealogical and historical research for clients since 2004. He holds both credentials relevant to U.S. genealogical research: Certified Genealogist and Accredited Genealogist.

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Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, FOGS, has been involved in family history her entire life. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was often found digging through courthouses and walking through cemeteries with them. Though a lifelong native of Ohio, her family’s southern...

Quentin Burrows

Quentin's mother was born and raised in Ireland. He has made frequent trips to Europe and began researching his own family at an early age. Prior to joining ProGen, he owned his own law firm and also performed professional genealogy work for clients.

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Scott Alley

A specialist in Italian and immigration research, Scott gained a fondness for genealogy and history from his grandparents. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Utah, which helped him develop the skills he needs to analyze documents. 

Sherry Lindsay

Sherry discovered her love of genealogy as a college student in 2005 and soon changed her major to family history. After working on her own family lines and in various professional capacities involving genealogy for a few years, she began working at ProGen in...

Sherry Stevens

Sherry has researched, written and lectured on genealogy for over 30 years. A descendant of Danish immigrants, her specialty is Scandinavia and the United States, as well as immigration.

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Simran Noon

Simran Noon brings a unique perspective to lineage and family research, having education and professional experience in both business/marketing communications as well as genealogy. As a graduate of the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate Program,...

Stephanie LeVeque

Stephanie is American by birth, Mexican by marriage, and Mediterranean by heritage, heart, and soul. She brings two decades of intense passion and experience to her role as a research manager specializing in Latin American and southern European research. As a dual U.S....

Tracy Zappala

Tracy Zappala, who specializes in Southern United States and African American genealogy, has experience in teaching and research that spans 20 years. Tracy has worked in Family History Centers in Los Angeles, Oregon, and Utah and is an Accredited Genealogist in...

Ursula Krause

Ursula is a native German, working remote from Berlin, Germany. She grew up with family stories being told and one day started following them up, finding traces of her family back until the 1400’s.

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Virginia McAlister

Virginia is originally from the great state of Virginia, and as the daughter of two historians, she grew up visiting the historical sites of the south. As a teenager, she began researching her own family history, which includes Russian and Polish...