The FS Family Tree User Group started when a group of like-minded family history enthusiasts discovered each other in public forums like Yammer and GetSatisfaction. We began corresponding through email and sharing training materials, which finally led us to form this group and make our training materials available to others.
Below you can read more about the founding members of the site.
Cathy began family history work in 1970. She was a Church-service missionary at the Salt Lake Family History Library from 2006 – 2014, where she taught classes on various subjects, including what was then called "New FamilySearch" and Family Tree. In addition, she taught and designed curriculum for missionary and patron classes, including General Authority wives, using the Sandbox database. She works closely with many FamilySearch engineers and other employees.
Cathy frequently presents at genealogy events, including the BYU Genealogical Conference, BYU Harold B Lee FH Library, Murray West Stake FH Center, Midvale Union Fort FH Center, and others. She is a family history advisor to the Granite View stake presidency, a ward consultant, and she serves in the Sandy Granite Family History Center.
Cathy was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She is a University of Utah graduate and has held various leadership positions within the community, the church and GOP. She is a lifelong teacher. Cathy and her husband Jerry have 7 children and 33 grandchildren.
Amy fell in love with her ancestors in 1984 when she was 13 years old and the Commodore 64 and PAF 1.0 were her tools. She served in her first family history calling in 1992 and was a volunteer LDS Institute instructor in 1995 when she assisted in teaching the pilot family history courses. She has been researching her own ancestors for more than 30 years and teaching others for more than 20. She is currently serving as a family history consultant in Clearfield, Utah.
Amy teaches at local, regional, and national family history events, including RootsTech 2015 and 2016. She blogs on family history and temple related topics at Revealing Roots and Branches.
She graduated from Southern Utah University with a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting and spent 20 years working in the college store industry ordering and selling textbooks. Now she focuses on mothering her young family (husband, daughter and son), and diving back into all her hobbies and passions. In addition to her family history addiction, she is a seamstress, gardener, small business owner, and 10 time half marathon finisher.
Amy was born in California and currently resides just outside Boise, Idaho. She graduated from Boise State University with a B.A. in Linguistics and a minor in American Sign Language, having become a published poet along the way.
Amy has been a family history consultant for about 7 years and serves as a librarian in family history centers in both Eagle and Meridian, Idaho. She's a frequent presenter at local family history fairs and family history center training meetings in the Meridian area. In addition, she has volunteered in the Boise Temple office for over 4 years.
Kathryn is a long-time family history researcher specializing in British research. She's been a family history consultant in her past four wards. She also teaches Sunday classes at the BYU Family History Library and speaks frequently at family history events, including Saturday Seminars sponsored by the Riverton FamilySearch library. As a columnist for the Nauvoo Times, she wrote a series of articles on family history.
Kathryn's professional specialties include information architecture, usability, instructional design, process improvement, and knowledge management.
Kent Jaffa recently completed serving for 14 years as a Church-service Missionary at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also teaches an Indexing class in his ward.
Professionally, Kent is a retired electrical engineer with degrees from the University of Utah and Carnegie-Mellon University. He has taught over a hundred classes on electromagnetic fields to public and professional groups. He has also published papers, chaired committees and served as a peer reviewer for scientific journals and societies.
Kent and his family live in Sandy, Utah.
Shanna descends mostly from Mormon Pioneers, but decided to look to see if there was any research to do and began family history work in 1990. She has served as a family history consultant, family history center director, and stake family history consultant, and she is currently a stake indexing director. Since April 2010, Shanna has been serving as a Church Service Missionary for FamilySearch in Family Tree and Product Support. She is now working with the Knowledge Content Management Team.
Shanna has written several family history books, including William Carter — First Plowman in Utah, and Archibald Sullivan and Julia Antoinette Matthews — Mormon Colonizers. Shanna was born and raised in St. George, Utah, where she writes a weekly genealogy column for the Senior Sampler. She is a graduate of Dixie State University, a mother and grandmother.
Born in Arizona, Terry joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1959 and served a Southern States mission from 1961 to 1963. He earned his BSc degree in Child Development & Family Relations from Brigham Young University, and his MA degree in Counseling & Personnel Administration from Michigan State University. After 32 years in the classroom, in 1997 Terry retired from being a psychology professor at Niagara College of Applied Arts & Technology in Welland, Ontario, Canada. Next, he was employed for more than a year by Heritage Quest in Bountiful, Utah, in indexing quality control developing U.S. census databanks. He co-founded Niagara Learning Systems, which designed computer aided instruction programs and software for teachers.
Terry has served in the community as a marriage relations counselor, and as a consultant and workshop trainer in family history record keeping. He has been a missionary, teacher, ward and stake genealogy consultant, elders quorum president, high councilor and bishop in the LDS Church. He also served as a World Wide Support missionary for the Church Family History department from 2009 to 2011. He was the Clermont Florida Family History Center Director for 5 years and continues as a staff member there.
Heather has been passionate about doing family history since age 13. While at BYU she took two family history classes (one from George Durrant!) but the bulk of her experience has been field experience and trial by fire. She's currently serving as a ward family history consultant, teaching a family history Sunday School class, and working at the local family history center on its weekly youth day and one other day each week. Her research specialties are Denmark and US, and she's warming up to England.
Heather graduated from BYU with a degree in Mathematics–Secondary Education. She and her husband Chris currently reside in Blackfoot, Idaho, and are the parents of 7 children (5 girls and twin boys).
Colin was first introduced to family history as a teenager in his home town of Carlisle, Cumberland, in England. His father took him to the local records office in Carlisle castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in its towers in 1568. Here Colin worked initially with original parchment documents (there was not even a hint of computers, microfiche or microfilm in those days!) and he was immediately hooked.
Following a mission in the France Paris Mission, and as a newly called branch president, Colin worked hard to get their branch family history library up and running. Over many years, he has worked as a ward family history consultant and an enthusiastic indexer (3 as stake indexing director). Colin enjoys teaching others how to use FamilySearch Tree and assisting them with their own research. His particular area of research and knowledge is in English family history.
After working many years in the travel business and a short time in publishing, Colin worked for the LDS Church in Facilities Management. He and his wife, Julie, are parents to 6 children and grandparents to an increasing number of grandchildren (8 to date).
Mark's interest in family history started in college in the 1970's. He took about 20 years off, and then restarted about 10 years ago. His research focus is Norway. He has been a family history consultant since 2009, and currently his wife serves with him in this calling.
Mark recently retired from his physician practice in 2013. He is an ordinance worker at the Jordan River temple and a Church-service missionary (Utah SLC South Mission Medical Advisor). He and his wife are parents of six and grandparents of six.
Marilyn, presently living in Utah, grew up in Idaho, and raised her children in Washington, New Mexico, Ohio, and California. Marilyn has spent time working in hospitality management, retail sales, and real estate sales in Utah and California.
About twenty-five years ago, family history research became a major focus for Marilyn. In addition to working on her own lines, she has done research for a large family organization and worked on a three-year collaborative project. She has also worked for a genealogy company and for private individuals. Marilyn has taught numerous family history classes, serves as a ward consultant, and does one-on-one coaching with individuals outside her ward. Her specialty is English research.
Chris was born and raised in San Jose, California. He joined the Church when he was 14, and subsequently served a mission to the London England South Mission. He attended BYU, and has been working in Information Systems since 1992. Chris has been a family history consultant since 2010.
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