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Genealogy

The Genealogy program at Salt Lake Community College is completely online and teaches solid research and evidence analysis skills and how to properly use and cite U.S. or international genealogical records.   Students prepare for accreditation and/or certification in genealogical research and develop skills for other career paths.

Earn a Certificate in Genealogy Research and Writing in a U.S. Track OR an International Track by completing the following courses:

U.S. Track

GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 Introduction to High-Tech Genealogy
GEN 1090/CEGN 0090 Writing Life Stories
GEN 1010/CEGN 0010 U.S. Research I
GEN 1011/CEGN 0011 U.S. Research II
GEN 1016/CEGN 0016 Tracing Immigrant Origins
GEN 1111/CEGN 0111 Genealogy and Family History Writing
Suggested course enrollment in order to complete the U.S. Track certificate in one year:
Semester 1: GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 Intro to High-Tech Genealogy AND *GEN 1090/CEGN 0090 Writing Life Stories
Semester 2: GEN 1010/CEGN 0010 U.S. Research I AND GEN 1111/CEGN 0111 Genealogy and Family History Writing
Semester 3: GEN 1016/CEGN 0016 Tracing Immigrant Origins AND GEN 1011/CEGN 0011 U.S. Research II

International Track

GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 Introduction to High-Tech Genealogy
GEN 1090/CEGN 0090 Writing Life Stories
GEN 1012/CEGN 0012 International Research I
GEN 1013/CEGN 0013 International Research II
GEN 1016/CEGN 0016 Tracing Immigrant Origins
GEN 1111/CEGN 0111 Genealogy and Family History Writing
Suggested course enrollment in order to complete the International Track certificate in one year:
Semester 1: GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 Intro to High-Tech Genealogy AND *GEN 1090/CEGN 0090 Writing Life Stories
Semester 2: GEN 1012/CEGN 0012 International Research I AND GEN 1111/CEGN 0111 Genealogy and Family History Writing
Semester 3: GEN 1016/CEGN 0016 Tracing Immigrant Origins AND GEN 1013/CEGN 0013 International Research II

Courses

Course
Title
Prerequisite
Course GEN 1000/CEGN 0001
Title Intro To High-Tech Genealogy
Prerequisite
Description Introduction to genealogy computer programs and basic genealogy skills used to conduct research and document records with appropriate citations. Students will learn how to use internet tools for genealogy research in records from 1900 to present.

Section List

GEN 1000
CRN: 43350
Instructor: Hovorka, Janet
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0001-001
CRN: 45585
Instructor: Hovorka, Janet
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 45
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to register
Course GEN 1160/CEGN 0160
Title Advanced Research Methodology
Prerequisite GEN 1016
Description

This course is designed for students who want more in-depth training in multiple advanced genealogical research methods that can be employed when tackling difficult research problems.  Instruction introduces a variety of ideas, tools, and strategies that help solve a variety of genealogical problems. 

Textbook:  The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried and True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors; 2011; by Marsha Hoffman Rising; ISBN 978-1-4403-1193-2 

Section List

GEN 1160-001
CRN: 43360
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug 22-Dec 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN-001
CRN: 45585
Instructor: Hovorka, Janet
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 45
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to register
Course GEN 1111/CEGN 0111
Title Genealogy and Family History Writing
Prerequisite GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 and GEN 1090/CEGN 0090
Description

This course introduces students to various forms of genealogical and family history writing, such as a compiled genealogy, four-generation report, research report, record resource guide, and family history narrative. It also introduces students to analytical reading, the writing process, analysis and evaluation of genealogical research.

Textbooks:  

Guide to Genealogical Writing: How to Write and Publish Your Family History; 3rd Edition, 2014; by Penelope L. Stratton and Henry B. Hoff; New England Historic Genealogical Society; ISBN 978-0-88082-312-8. Order at www.scatteredleavespress.com.

Carmack's Guide to Copyright & Contracts: A Primer for Genealogists, Writers and Researchers; 2005; by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack; Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. ISBN - 978-0-80630-1758-8.

Tell It Short: A Guide to Writing Your Family History in Brief; 2015; by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack; Scattered Leaves Press; ISBN-978-0-9972076-0-6. This books is available only from www.ScatteredLeavesPress.com. You may purchase it using PayPal.

 

Section List

GEN 1111
CRN: 43358
Instructor: Carmack, Sharon
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0111-001
CRN: 45577
Instructor: Carmack, Sharon
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Credits/Contact Hours: 45
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to register
Course GEN 1012/CEGN 0012
Title International Research I
Prerequisite Completion of GEN 1010 with a grade of “C” or better
Description

Students examine and use major international record groups in genealogical research. Paleography, record recognition and usage, research strategies, and usage of the international collections at various repositories will be covered. Course can be taken concurrently with GEN 1011 and/or GEN 1016.

Textbook: Genealogy Standards: Fifieth Anniversary Edition; 2014; Board for Certification of Genealogists; ISBN 978-1630260187.

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CEGN 0012-001
CRN: 45589
Instructor: Summers, Kelly
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 45
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200
GEN 1012
CRN: 43353
Instructor: Summers Kelly
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
Course GEN 1013/CEGN 0013
Title International Research II
Prerequisite
Description Course provides in-depth study of genealogical records, history and language from an international country. Additionally, teaches how to conduct research and provide evidence for kinship linkages in an international country.

Section List

GEN 1013
CRN: 43354
Instructor: Summers, Kelly
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Credits/Contact Hours: 45
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0013-001
CRN: 45571
Instructor: Summers, Kelly
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 45
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to register
Course GEN 1014/CEGN 0014
Title Making Money With Genealogy
Prerequisite
Description

Students explore professional opportunities in genealogy and prepare to successfully work in the industry.  Topics include: running a genealogy business, pricing, time management, marketing, social networking, and partnerships.

Textbook:  Professional Genelaogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians; 2001; Elizabeth Shown Mills; Genealogical Publishing Company; ISBN - 978-0806316482.

Section List

GEN 1014
CRN: 43355
Instructor: Hovorka, Janet
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
CEGN 0014-001
CRN: 45575
Instructor: Hovorka, Janet
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Oct. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 45
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350.00
Call 801-957-5200 to Register
Course GEN 1150/CEGN 0150
Title Preparing for Accredited Genealogist
Prerequisite Completion of GEN 1111 with a grade of “C” or better
Description Students will prepare a 4-generation client research project that includes: written report that analyzes evidence used to link generations; a research log; digitized images of important documents consulted during research and well-documented family group sheets.  Students finish assembling their research portfolios and take a practice exam.

Section List

GEN 1150
CRN: 43359
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0150-001
CRN: 45563
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Credits/Contact Hours: 45
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to register
Course GEN 1152/CEGN 0152
Title Preparing for Certified Genealogist II®
Prerequisite Preparing for Certified Genealogist ®I
Description This course follows Preparing for Certified Genealogist I® and continues to support and prepare students to submit their Certified Genealogist® portfolio.
Course GEN 1010/CEGN 0010
Title U.S. Research I
Prerequisite Completion of GEN 1000 with a grade of “C” or better
Description

Students explore record groups and repositories which contain  U.S. sources known to provide evidence linking families from students’ lifetime to 1850 and solve research problems by evaluating evidence.

Required Textbooks: 

The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy; 3rd edition; by Val D. Greenwood; Genealogical Publishng Co; ISBN-9780806319735. 

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program. By Karen Clifford. Genealogical Publishing Co; ISBN: 978-0-8063-1875-2

Section List

GEN 1010
CRN: 43351
Instructor: Oldroyd, Julia
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Oct. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0010-001
CRN: 45587
Instructor: Oldroyd, Julia
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Oct. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 45
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200
Course GEN 1151/CEGN 0151
Title Preparing for Certified Genealogist I®
Prerequisite Completion of GEN 1111 with a grade of “C” or better or permission of the instructor.
Description
This course will help prepare students for the application process to become a Certified Genealogist® by walking students through each requirement of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) portfolio. This course provides students with practice assignments that correlate to BCG requirements, so students will feel confident when they prepare and submit their BCG portfolio. A passing grade in this course, however, in no way guarantees that a student's portfolio submission to BCG will result in approval.
 
Textbooks:

Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3d edition, by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2015). ISBN 978-0-8063-20175. [Students may use the 2nd edition if they already have it.]

Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition by Board for Certification of Genealogists (2014). ISBN-13: 978-1630260187. 

Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case, 4th edition by Christine Rose. (San Jose, Calif.: CR Publications, 2014). ISBN-13: 978-0929626215.

Section List

GEN 1151
CRN: 43425
Instructor: Carmack, Sharon
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 2
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0151-001
CRN: 45591
Instructor: Carmack, Sharon
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Oct. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 30
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to register
Course GEN 1016/CEGN 0016
Title Tracing Immigrant Origins
Prerequisite Completion of GEN 1011 or 1012 with a grade of “C” or better
Description

Introduction to methodologies and practices to extend family genealogies beyond the U.S. to other countries by finding evidence in unique U.S. records to link localities to International locations. Course can be taken concurrently with GEN 1011 and/or GEN 1012.

Textbook:  A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant & Ethnic Origins, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. A PDF of this text is available for free under the Syllabus section of the course. If you would like a print copy, you can find used copies for sale online, or you may purchase the book by sending a check for $24 payable to Warren, Carmack & Associates, 358 South 700 East, #603, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84102.

Section List

GEN 1016
CRN: 43356
Instructor: Carmack, Sharon
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0016-001
CRN: 45573
Instructor: Carmack, Sharon
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 45
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200
Course GEN 1011/CEGN 0011
Title U.S. Research II
Prerequisite Completion of GEN 1010 with a grade of “C” or better
Description

Course will provide an in-depth study of sources, records, and methodologies not covered in CEGN 0010 essential to documenting and verifying family history and genealogies within the U.S. and focusing on a time period prior to 1850. Course can be taken concurrently with GEN 1012 and/or GEN 1016.

Required Textbooks: 

Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy; 3rd Edition; by Val D. Greenwood;Genealogical Publishing Co,  ISBN 978-0-8063-1621-7.

Digging Deeper: Using Essential Pre-1850 Records; by Karen Clifford; ISBN 978-0-9832388-0-5.

Section List

GEN 1011
CRN: 43352
Instructor: Oldroyd, Julia
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0011
CRN: 45583
Instructor: Oldroyd, Julia
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 45
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200
Course GEN 1090/CEGN 0090
Title Writing Life Stories
Prerequisite
Description

This course is designed to enable students to develop competence in writing life stories by analyzing, organizing, and developing ideas; to locate and use library and online resources for supporting ideas; and to adapt one’s writing to various audiences. Instruction and practice in nonfiction writing styles and mechanics, documentation, and critical reading are the focus in this course.

Required Textbooks:

•     In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction, edited by Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1996). Used and new copies are available on Amazon.com

•     The Elements of Genealogical Style: A Simplified Style and Citation Manual for Writers of Genealogies and Family Histories, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, mfa, cg, (Salt Lake City: Scattered Leaves Press, 2017), which is available as a PDF that will be emailed to you within 24 hours for $5. Order from www.ScatteredLeavesPress.com. (This is a revised, expanded edition, so you if have an earlier edition from a previous class, you will still need to purchase this edition.)

Section List

GEN 1090
CRN: 43357
Instructor: Carmack, Sharon
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 3
Campus: SLCC Online
CEGN 0090-001
CRN: 45581
Instructor: Carmack, Sharon
Course Type: Online
Semester: Fall
Dates: Aug. 22 - Dec. 13
Credits/Contact Hours: 45
Campus: SLCC Online
Amount: $350
Call 801-957-5200 to register

FAQs

All classes are only offered online.

Students that have taken courses similar in content to a SLCC course, can talk to an instructor to determine if the class would count for prior credit. 

Please call Maria Griffin 801-957-5423 with questions on this subject.

Instructors can be contacted through Canvas email. Some instructors have office hours through Webex which is accessed through Canvas.
Financial aid is not available for genealogy courses.

Short Term Intensive Training (STIT) utilizes state funds to provide occupationally specific intensive training for employees or for individuals seeking to match their training needs to new and existing employment opportunities. The types of training subsidized by STIT are extensive and include a wide range of industries. If you are interested in this funding, please contact the STIT Specialist Mariah Krizman. 

Phone: 801-957-5256
  1. Abstractors of original records into publishable books for researchers.
  2. Authors of genealogy textbooks or web sites.
  3. Building databases of information for researchers.
  4. Cataloging genealogy materials for major genealogy libraries and archives.
  5. Designing genealogy collections for societies.
  6. DNA tracking and recording.
  7. Examining records for lawyers to use in their case files.
  8. Filming or digitizing original family records for preservation or research.
  9. Genealogy research for hire.
  10. Helping senior citizens at nursing homes to record and preserve their family histories using the budget of the recreation center.
  11. Indexing scanned genealogy materials for fee-based companies.
  12. Instructor of paleography for a private manuscript collection repository.
  13. Journal extractor at a private manuscript collection who extracts key names from old documents and enters them into the catalogue for the organization.
  14. Keeping track and verifying membership of those who belong to an Indian tribe for government recognition.
  15. Lineage society specialist who either does the research so someone can enter a lineage society or who studies applications for membership based on a person's lineage before they can join that society.
  16. Manager of a genealogy collection; or over a group of genealogy researchers at Ancestry.com.
  17. Missing heirs researchers for probate lawyers.
  18. New Zealand research specialist working for the government to prove ownership of land.
  19. Oral History expert who conducts, transcribes and presents oral history information to clients and their relatives.
  20. Preserving tombstone information by satellite and computer system tracking.
  21. Publishing genealogical materials.
  22. Researching materials from un-indexed, none scanned sources for university PhD candidates.
  23. Software developer for genealogy software companies such as Legacy, RootsMagic, Ancestral Quest.
  24. Teaching genealogy classes for a state genealogy library.
  25. Translators and transcribers of genealogical materials into genealogy computer programs or Web sites for others.
  26. University genealogy course instructor, advisor, and course developer.
  27. VIP Project specialist over large genealogy projects such those projects given to a President of the United States, or to a foreign head of state who visits the United States.
  28. Working for insurance companies to locate heirs for insurance claims.
  29. Writing family histories for others from their research materials.
  30. X marks the place where your ancestor signed a document living the family the same farm you are on today, and the genealogist who proved you were related.
  31. Yugoslavian research expert.
  32. Zipping large files to send them in batches to various electronic resourcing companies.

Senior Citizens, age 62 and over, who are Utah residents can enroll in any classes for a reduced fee under the following conditions:

  • Space availability
  • Classes will be taken on an audit basis (no college credit)
  • $10 registration fee is required each semester; this does not cover the cost of books, supplies, parking, or lab fees
  • An Application for Admission as a non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) student must be submitted to Enrollment Services
  • Do not complete the online application. To have your application fee waived, please complete the paper application

Senior citizens desiring college credit for their classes must follow regular admissions and registration procedures and pay full tuition and fees.

For credit courses, the refund policy follows the College's academic calendar.

For non-credit courses, a full refund is issued if the course is dropped 24 hours before the course start date. If the non-credit course is cross-listed and offered for credit, the College's academic calendar refund policy is followed.

Please call 801-957-5555 to determine if your computer is compatible with SLCC courses.

Schedule

Suggested course enrollment in order to complete the certificate in one year:

Semester 1:  GEN 1000/CEGN 0001 Intro to High Tech Genealogy AND *GEN 1090/CEGN 0090 Writing Life Stories

Semester 2:  GEN 1012/CEGN 0012 International Research I AND GEN 1111/CEGN 0111 Genealogy and Family History Writing

Semester 3:  GEN 1016/CEGN 0016 Tracing Immigrant Origins AND GEN 1013/CEGN 0013 International Research II.

Accreditation / Certification

Genealogy Credentials by Accreditated Board or Commission

Genealogy credentials are like a "seal of approval" which assures consumers that they will receive fair treatment and quality family history research. Having a credential gives genealogists access to potential clients.

The genealogical community is organized into two regulating bodies that protect consumer interests, support continuing education in the field, and license genealogists with credentials. They are the Board for Certification of Genealogist®  and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). In addition to offering credentials, both organizations provide mentoring services and peer-reviews. Genealogists can be successful with credentials from either or both organizations.

Board for Certification of Genealogist®

BCG offers Certified Genealogist® (CG) and Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL) credentials. Requirements for earning these credentials can be found in the BCG Application Guide.

International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen)

ICAPGen offers Accredited Genealogist (AG) credentials. Requirements for earning these credentials can be found in the Overview of the Accreditation Process on their website.

Instructors

Janet Hovorka

Janet Hovorka received a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Near Eastern History and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from BYU. She studied Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, and German, and lived in the Middle East for a year, carrying gas masks around during the first American war in Iraq. She has accepted teaching and library positions at BYU and Salt Lake Community College.

Janet Hovorka owns Family ChartMasters, the official printing service for every major genealogy company. She is the author of ten Zap the Grandma Gap books about engaging youth with family history, two blogs and has widely written and lectured about family history. She is co-founder of the genealogyDOTcoach connecting professionals and clients for short consultations, the Genealogy Business Alliance and teaches genealogy and business at SLCC.

One of Janet's greatest genealogy accomplishments was the completion and publication of her mother-in-law's oral history just one year prior to her untimely death. Most recently, she has found great satisfaction in encouraging her teenage children's genealogical interests. Janet is passionate about the nutrition family history brings to the souls of her family members. Understanding the good and bad in her own family history has helped her deal with her children and husband, and even her in-laws, in a more healthy way.

Janet writes the award-winning The Chart Chick blog.  Janet loves traveling to genealogy conferences and working with genealogists – the greatest group of people in the world.

Kelly Summers

Kelly Summers, is an Accredited Genealogist®. She received her Associates’ degree in Professional Genealogy and her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Community History both from Brigham Young University. Kelly received her Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah. Kelly has three premier genealogical credentials through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogist (ICAPGen) demonstrating genealogical research expertise is in U.S. Midwestern & U.S. Pacific, Mexico and Spain. Kelly is also an experienced researcher in Latin American (including Brazil), Southwestern European (Spain, Portugal, Italy & France), Scandinavian countries & East Asia (China, Japan & Korea). Kelly's research interests lie in kinship research in primary source records and rural community reconstruction.

Kelly designs curriculum and teaches university level courses at Brigham Young University, online courses for Brigham Young Independent Study in addition she also teaches online genealogy courses at Salt Lake Community College. She has taught genealogy courses for the beginner, intermediate and advanced student in US Research topics, Spanish & Portuguese, French & Italian, Chinese, Japanese & Korean. Kelly has taught on a variety of genealogical topics at many local, regional and national conferences.

Kelly currently serves as the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) President. She served for more than 10 years as the Testing Committee Chair for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Kelly is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

Sharon Carmack

Certified Genealogist® Sharon DeBartolo Carmack holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Nonfiction Writing. She is a partner in the Salt Lake City-based research, writing, editing, and publishing firm of Warren, Carmack & Associates, the owner of NonfictionHelp.com, and the executive editor of Scattered Leaves Press.

Sharon is one of only thirty current associates of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® who has been certified for more than twenty-five years.

She is the author of twenty books and hundreds of articles, essays,  columns, and reviews that have appeared in nearly every major genealogical journal and publication. Some of her books include Tell It Short: A Guide to Writing Your Family History in Brief, You Can Write Your Family History, Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts, and Inheriting the Gordon Hips, a collection of humorous family history essays.

Her work has also appeared in many writing and literary publications: Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Hippocampus Magazine (where her essay, “Switched at Midlife” won “Most Memorable” and was one of ten essays selected for the Best of Hippocampus, May 2013), Portland Review, Steinbeck Review, Writer’s Digest, Personal Journaling, and Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art (where her essay received Honorable Mention in the annual Creative Nonfiction Contest). Sharon’s essays have been finalists in contests for the Bellingham Review’s Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and in Creative Nonfiction’s True Crime contest. You can see a list of all her publications on her CV (see below).

Sharon is also an Associate Faculty in the English Department of Ashford University, and she teaches online courses in Irish research for Family Tree University.

Along with a BA (summa cum laude) in English from Regis University, Sharon holds a Diploma in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and she earned her MFA (with Distinction) in Creative Nonfiction Writing from National University.

Julia A. Oldroyd, AG®

Julia is an Accredited Genealogist Professional with expertise in the United States Gulf South region. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and University Honors from Brigham Young University (1993), where she served as an officer for Phi Alpha Theta, the History honors society. SShe currently serves as an executive board member of the Utah Genealogical Association and does contract work for several private research companies. Julia has been involved in doing family history and genealogy for over 35 years and is excited to share what she has learned with others.

 

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