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Brand New To Genealogy

Brand new to family history research? Need an overview of the basics? Want help learning how to use a specific genealogy software program? Inherited a bunch of stuff and need to get organized?

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Need a Family History Boost

Want to do the research yourself but just aren’t sure how to proceed? Have a document in a foreign language that you need translated? Need a crash course in research in a new location?

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Genealogy Odds and Ends

Want an analysis of your family tree to see where your weak spots might be? Have old photos that you need help identifying? Want someone to walk you through your DNA results and what to do with them?

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Schedule an Appointment With One of Our Coaches

We have hand-picked the best genealogists in the field to help you with your family history challenges. Check out our their qualifications and their schedules to pick the coach that best fits your needs.
Lara Diamond

Lara Diamond

Lara Diamond has 25 years of genealogy research experience and specializes in Jewish genealogy both in the United States and Europe. She regularly blogs her own research results to show what is possible in Eastern Europe at http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com

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Adele Marcum

Adele Marcum

Adele Marcum is a records expert with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University who has enjoyed employment at Ancestry.com and FamilySearch; as an instructor for BYU-Idaho; and as a freelance genealogist.

See More
Angela Y. Walton-Raji

Angela Y. Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji is nationally known as an author, genealogist, podcaster and blogger. She hosts the weekly African Roots Podcast, and known also for her book “Black Indian Genealogy Research” first published in 1993 & revised in 2007. She currently resides in Maryland where she continues to research.

See More
Blaine T Bettinger

Blaine T. Bettinger

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and for the past seven years he has helped educate genealogists how to use DNA to explore their ancestry.

See More
Donna Moughty

Donna M. Moughty

Donna Moughty is a lecturer, researcher and blogger specializing in Irish research problems. She attended the third and fourth Irish Genealogical Congresses in Ireland and was an instructor for the 2011 Irish course at IGHR and each October she takes groups to Ireland to research.

See More
Peggy Lauritzen

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen is an Accredited Genealogist specializing in the Mid-South and Appalachia. With over 35 years of professional experience behind her, she loves helping others to make discoveries in their family’s history. She and her husband serve as Family History Center Directors.

See More
Drew Smith

Drew Smith

Drew Smith is a university librarian, a well-known genealogy author and educator, and the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast. His books include Social Networking for Genealogists, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, and Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher.

See More
Cyndi Ingle

Cyndi Ingle

Cyndi Ingle, a genealogist for more than 36 years, is the creator of CyndisList.com; author of three books for genealogical research on the Internet; a past member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society; and an active member in several other genealogical groups.

See More
Cari A Taplin

Cari A. Taplin

Cari A. Taplin, CG, owner of GenealogyPANTS lives near Austin, Texas, and provides speaking, research and consultation services. She currently serves on the boards of the Association for Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

See More
Lindsey Bayless

Lindsey Bayless

Lindsey is a British born citizen of the United States. An accredited genealogist, conducting client research, Lindsey is also a volunteer professional at the Family History Library. Lindsey travels frequently to the British Isles to conduct onsite personal and client genealogical research.

See More
Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor, author of The Family Photo Detective, is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research. The Wall Street Journal dubbed her “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective.”

See More
Dale Sheldon

Dale Sheldon

Dale Sheldon has studied genealogy over 25 years. His extensive private research has guided him through the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Germany and Brazil. Mr. Sheldon has also worked in live theater and is currently working to create an online theater database.

See More
Denise May Levenick

Denise May Levenick

Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator, is a researcher, speaker and writer specializing in preserving and analyzing family documents, photos, and artifacts. She is the author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes, How to Archive Family Photos and TheFamilyCurator.com website.

See More
George Morgan

George G. Morgan

George G. Morgan is an internationally recognized genealogy expert with more than 50 years experience. He is a conference and webinar speaker, an award-winning author of 12 books, and the co-host of The Genealogy Guys(SM) Podcast.

See More
Lisa Alzo

Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo, MFA, is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer specializing in Eastern European genealogy and nonfiction writing. Lisa enjoys helping fellow genealogists and aspiring writers, and can’t wait to coach you through your research problem or writer’s block.

See More
Nancy Barnes

Nancy Barnes

Nancy Barnes is the author of “Stories To Tell: An Easy Guide to Self-Publishing Family History Books and Memoirs” and the owner of the publishing company www.StoriesToTellBooks.com. She helps authors through every step to publish professional and beautiful family history books.

See More
Luana Darby

Luana Darby

Luana Darby, MLIS, is a professional genealogist and lecturer, based in Salt Lake City, with over 35 years of experience, including onsite experience in European archives. She serves on the Association of Professional Genealogists board and is an adjunct family history instructor at BYU-Idaho.

See More
Kathy Meade

Kathy Meade

Kathy Meade is currently the North American representative for ArkivDigital, an online subscription service that provides access to the Swedish historical records. She has been working with Swedish genealogy since 2003 giving many presentations and workshops on Swedish research around the country.

See More
Valerie Elkins

Valerie Elkins

Valerie is a professional family history researcher, presenter, writer and lover of great stories. Over 20 years experience, former International Research Consultant at the Family History Library, trainer of Family History Consultants, and consultant and researcher for several TV genealogy shows.

See More
Nicka Smith

Nicka Smith

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 17 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, sharing genealogy with youth, using creative ways to document the ancestral journey.

See More
Kelly Summers

Kelly Summers

Kelly Summers, MS, AG®, is an expert instructor and researcher, specializing in in family analysis and problem solving. She teaches university level genealogy courses at Brigham Young University and Salt Lake Community College. Kelly serves with ICAPGen and Utah Genealogical Association.

See More
Crista Cowan

Crista Cowan

Crista has been a professional genealogist since 2002 and employed by Ancestry since 2004. Known as The Barefoot Genealogist, Crista has a weekly internet show designed to help people discover their family history. She has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories.

See More
James M. Beidler

James M. Beidler

James M. Beidler authored The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and Trace Your German Roots Online. He also writes the weekly newspaper column “Roots & Branches,” teaches for online Family Tree University and edits Der Kurier, journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.

See More
Darris G Williams

Darris G. Williams

Darris has a Bachelor degree in Family & Community History. He worked as a British reference consultant at the Family History Library for 15 years and a co-founder of the FamilySearch wiki. Darris is presently a customer development specialist, freelance genealogist and family history instructor.

See More
Mike Provard

Mike Provard

Mike has 35+ years experience helping beginners get started on their genealogy journey. He has extensive knowledge of FamilySearch, the Family Tree and historical records.

See More
Diahan Southard

Diahan Southard

Diahan is Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic genealogy results.

See More
Janet Hovorka

Janet Hovorka

Janet Hovorka MLIS owns genealogyDOTcoach and Family ChartMasters, the official printing service for most genealogy companies. Janet has written the Zap The Grandma Gap books and workbooks and is an international speaker. She is past president of UGA and teaches genealogy at SLCC.

See More
Peggy Lauritzen

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen is an Accredited Genealogist specializing in the Mid-South and Appalachia. With over 35 years of professional experience behind her, she loves helping others to make discoveries in their family’s history. She and her husband serve as Family History Center Directors.

See More
Denise May Levenick

Denise May Levenick

Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator, is a researcher, speaker and writer specializing in preserving and analyzing family documents, photos, and artifacts. She is the author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes, How to Archive Family Photos and TheFamilyCurator.com website.

See More
Kathy Meade

Kathy Meade

Kathy Meade is currently the North American representative for ArkivDigital, an online subscription service that provides access to the Swedish historical records. She has been working with Swedish genealogy since 2003 giving many presentations and workshops on Swedish research around the country.

See More
George Morgan

George G. Morgan

George G. Morgan is an internationally recognized genealogy expert with more than 50 years experience. He is a conference and webinar speaker, an award-winning author of 12 books, and the co-host of The Genealogy Guys(SM) Podcast.

See More
Blaine T Bettinger

Blaine T. Bettinger

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and for the past seven years he has helped educate genealogists how to use DNA to explore their ancestry.

See More
Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor, author of The Family Photo Detective, is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research. The Wall Street Journal dubbed her “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective.”

See More
Mike Provard

Mike Provard

Mike has 35+ years experience helping beginners get started on their genealogy journey. He has extensive knowledge of FamilySearch, the Family Tree and historical records.

See More
Drew Smith

Drew Smith

Drew Smith is a university librarian, a well-known genealogy author and educator, and the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast. His books include Social Networking for Genealogists, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, and Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher.

See More
Kelly Summers

Kelly Summers

Kelly Summers, MS, AG®, is an expert instructor and researcher, specializing in in family analysis and problem solving. She teaches university level genealogy courses at Brigham Young University and Salt Lake Community College. Kelly serves with ICAPGen and Utah Genealogical Association.

See More
Nancy Barnes

Nancy Barnes

Nancy Barnes is the author of “Stories To Tell: An Easy Guide to Self-Publishing Family History Books and Memoirs” and the owner of the publishing company www.StoriesToTellBooks.com. She helps authors through every step to publish professional and beautiful family history books.

See More
Lisa Alzo

Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo, MFA, is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer specializing in Eastern European genealogy and nonfiction writing. Lisa enjoys helping fellow genealogists and aspiring writers, and can’t wait to coach you through your research problem or writer’s block.

See More
Janet Hovorka

Janet Hovorka

Janet Hovorka MLIS owns genealogyDOTcoach and Family ChartMasters, the official printing service for most genealogy companies. Janet has written the Zap The Grandma Gap books and workbooks and is an international speaker. She is past president of UGA and teaches genealogy at SLCC.

See More
Valerie Elkins

Valerie Elkins

Valerie is a professional family history researcher, presenter, writer and lover of great stories. Over 20 years experience, former International Research Consultant at the Family History Library, trainer of Family History Consultants, and consultant and researcher for several TV genealogy shows.

See More
Nicka Smith

Nicka Smith

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 17 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, sharing genealogy with youth, using creative ways to document the ancestral journey.

See More
Darris G Williams

Darris G. Williams

Darris has a Bachelor degree in Family & Community History. He worked as a British reference consultant at the Family History Library for 15 years and a co-founder of the FamilySearch wiki. Darris is presently a customer development specialist, freelance genealogist and family history instructor.

See More
Cari A Taplin

Cari A. Taplin

Cari A. Taplin, CG, owner of GenealogyPANTS lives near Austin, Texas, and provides speaking, research and consultation services. She currently serves on the boards of the Association for Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

See More
Diahan Southard

Diahan Southard

Diahan is Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic genealogy results.

See More
James M. Beidler

James M. Beidler

James M. Beidler authored The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and Trace Your German Roots Online. He also writes the weekly newspaper column “Roots & Branches,” teaches for online Family Tree University and edits Der Kurier, journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.

See More
Adele Marcum

Adele Marcum

Adele Marcum is a records expert with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University who has enjoyed employment at Ancestry.com and FamilySearch; as an instructor for BYU-Idaho; and as a freelance genealogist.

See More
Dale Sheldon

Dale Sheldon

Dale Sheldon has studied genealogy over 25 years. His extensive private research has guided him through the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Germany and Brazil. Mr. Sheldon has also worked in live theater and is currently working to create an online theater database.

See More
Cyndi Ingle

Cyndi Ingle

Cyndi Ingle, a genealogist for more than 36 years, is the creator of CyndisList.com; author of three books for genealogical research on the Internet; a past member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society; and an active member in several other genealogical groups.

See More
Crista Cowan

Crista Cowan

Crista has been a professional genealogist since 2002 and employed by Ancestry since 2004. Known as The Barefoot Genealogist, Crista has a weekly internet show designed to help people discover their family history. She has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories.

See More
Angela Y. Walton-Raji

Angela Y. Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji is nationally known as an author, genealogist, podcaster and blogger. She hosts the weekly African Roots Podcast, and known also for her book “Black Indian Genealogy Research” first published in 1993 & revised in 2007. She currently resides in Maryland where she continues to research.

See More
Luana Darby

Luana Darby

Luana Darby, MLIS, is a professional genealogist and lecturer, based in Salt Lake City, with over 35 years of experience, including onsite experience in European archives. She serves on the Association of Professional Genealogists board and is an adjunct family history instructor at BYU-Idaho.

See More
Donna Moughty

Donna M. Moughty

Donna Moughty is a lecturer, researcher and blogger specializing in Irish research problems. She attended the third and fourth Irish Genealogical Congresses in Ireland and was an instructor for the 2011 Irish course at IGHR and each October she takes groups to Ireland to research.

See More
Lara Diamond

Lara Diamond

Lara Diamond has 25 years of genealogy research experience and specializes in Jewish genealogy both in the United States and Europe. She regularly blogs her own research results to show what is possible in Eastern Europe at http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com

See More
Lindsey Bayless

Lindsey Bayless

Lindsey is a British born citizen of the United States. An accredited genealogist, conducting client research, Lindsey is also a volunteer professional at the Family History Library. Lindsey travels frequently to the British Isles to conduct onsite personal and client genealogical research.

See More
Drew Smith

Drew Smith

Drew Smith is a university librarian, a well-known genealogy author and educator, and the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast. His books include Social Networking for Genealogists, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, and Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher.

See More
Mike Provard

Mike Provard

Mike has 35+ years experience helping beginners get started on their genealogy journey. He has extensive knowledge of FamilySearch, the Family Tree and historical records.

See More
Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor, author of The Family Photo Detective, is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research. The Wall Street Journal dubbed her “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective.”

See More
Adele Marcum

Adele Marcum

Adele Marcum is a records expert with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University who has enjoyed employment at Ancestry.com and FamilySearch; as an instructor for BYU-Idaho; and as a freelance genealogist.

See More
Lara Diamond

Lara Diamond

Lara Diamond has 25 years of genealogy research experience and specializes in Jewish genealogy both in the United States and Europe. She regularly blogs her own research results to show what is possible in Eastern Europe at http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com

See More
Darris G Williams

Darris G. Williams

Darris has a Bachelor degree in Family & Community History. He worked as a British reference consultant at the Family History Library for 15 years and a co-founder of the FamilySearch wiki. Darris is presently a customer development specialist, freelance genealogist and family history instructor.

See More
James M. Beidler

James M. Beidler

James M. Beidler authored The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and Trace Your German Roots Online. He also writes the weekly newspaper column “Roots & Branches,” teaches for online Family Tree University and edits Der Kurier, journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.

See More
Blaine T Bettinger

Blaine T. Bettinger

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and for the past seven years he has helped educate genealogists how to use DNA to explore their ancestry.

See More
Donna Moughty

Donna M. Moughty

Donna Moughty is a lecturer, researcher and blogger specializing in Irish research problems. She attended the third and fourth Irish Genealogical Congresses in Ireland and was an instructor for the 2011 Irish course at IGHR and each October she takes groups to Ireland to research.

See More
Lindsey Bayless

Lindsey Bayless

Lindsey is a British born citizen of the United States. An accredited genealogist, conducting client research, Lindsey is also a volunteer professional at the Family History Library. Lindsey travels frequently to the British Isles to conduct onsite personal and client genealogical research.

See More
Crista Cowan

Crista Cowan

Crista has been a professional genealogist since 2002 and employed by Ancestry since 2004. Known as The Barefoot Genealogist, Crista has a weekly internet show designed to help people discover their family history. She has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories.

See More
Cari A Taplin

Cari A. Taplin

Cari A. Taplin, CG, owner of GenealogyPANTS lives near Austin, Texas, and provides speaking, research and consultation services. She currently serves on the boards of the Association for Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

See More
Kelly Summers

Kelly Summers

Kelly Summers, MS, AG®, is an expert instructor and researcher, specializing in in family analysis and problem solving. She teaches university level genealogy courses at Brigham Young University and Salt Lake Community College. Kelly serves with ICAPGen and Utah Genealogical Association.

See More
Nicka Smith

Nicka Smith

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 17 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, sharing genealogy with youth, using creative ways to document the ancestral journey.

See More
Peggy Lauritzen

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen is an Accredited Genealogist specializing in the Mid-South and Appalachia. With over 35 years of professional experience behind her, she loves helping others to make discoveries in their family’s history. She and her husband serve as Family History Center Directors.

See More
Cyndi Ingle

Cyndi Ingle

Cyndi Ingle, a genealogist for more than 36 years, is the creator of CyndisList.com; author of three books for genealogical research on the Internet; a past member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society; and an active member in several other genealogical groups.

See More
George Morgan

George G. Morgan

George G. Morgan is an internationally recognized genealogy expert with more than 50 years experience. He is a conference and webinar speaker, an award-winning author of 12 books, and the co-host of The Genealogy Guys(SM) Podcast.

See More
Diahan Southard

Diahan Southard

Diahan is Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic genealogy results.

See More
Lisa Alzo

Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo, MFA, is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer specializing in Eastern European genealogy and nonfiction writing. Lisa enjoys helping fellow genealogists and aspiring writers, and can’t wait to coach you through your research problem or writer’s block.

See More
Dale Sheldon

Dale Sheldon

Dale Sheldon has studied genealogy over 25 years. His extensive private research has guided him through the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Germany and Brazil. Mr. Sheldon has also worked in live theater and is currently working to create an online theater database.

See More
Valerie Elkins

Valerie Elkins

Valerie is a professional family history researcher, presenter, writer and lover of great stories. Over 20 years experience, former International Research Consultant at the Family History Library, trainer of Family History Consultants, and consultant and researcher for several TV genealogy shows.

See More
Angela Y. Walton-Raji

Angela Y. Walton-Raji

Angela Walton-Raji is nationally known as an author, genealogist, podcaster and blogger. She hosts the weekly African Roots Podcast, and known also for her book “Black Indian Genealogy Research” first published in 1993 & revised in 2007. She currently resides in Maryland where she continues to research.

See More
Janet Hovorka

Janet Hovorka

Janet Hovorka MLIS owns genealogyDOTcoach and Family ChartMasters, the official printing service for most genealogy companies. Janet has written the Zap The Grandma Gap books and workbooks and is an international speaker. She is past president of UGA and teaches genealogy at SLCC.

See More
Nancy Barnes

Nancy Barnes

Nancy Barnes is the author of “Stories To Tell: An Easy Guide to Self-Publishing Family History Books and Memoirs” and the owner of the publishing company www.StoriesToTellBooks.com. She helps authors through every step to publish professional and beautiful family history books.

See More
Luana Darby

Luana Darby

Luana Darby, MLIS, is a professional genealogist and lecturer, based in Salt Lake City, with over 35 years of experience, including onsite experience in European archives. She serves on the Association of Professional Genealogists board and is an adjunct family history instructor at BYU-Idaho.

See More
Denise May Levenick

Denise May Levenick

Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator, is a researcher, speaker and writer specializing in preserving and analyzing family documents, photos, and artifacts. She is the author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes, How to Archive Family Photos and TheFamilyCurator.com website.

See More
Kathy Meade

Kathy Meade

Kathy Meade is currently the North American representative for ArkivDigital, an online subscription service that provides access to the Swedish historical records. She has been working with Swedish genealogy since 2003 giving many presentations and workshops on Swedish research around the country.

See More

How It Works

You need some help with a genealogy task or problem. We have professional family history researchers, technology geniuses, and archival experts just waiting to help you. We call them genealogy coaches. Here’s how this works:

1. Decide what you need specific help with and select a category above. Look through the list of coaches who specialize in that topic, read their bios, and decide who you want to coach you. Select an appointment date and time.

2. We will send you a link via email that you can click on at the time of your appointment. This allows you to have a face to face chat with your chosen genealogy coach, including screen sharing options.

3. Once your coaching session is over, please come back and leave a review for your coach.

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