Mesa Az FamilySearch Library


Laverne Lardner Aitchison got the genealogy bug when she became the first member of the Kamloops Family History Society of British Columbia formed in 1982. (There are benefits if your surname is the first letter of the alphabet). She has volunteered at Family History Libraries in Alberta, British Columbia, Utah and Arizona. She has taught genealogy classes in the valley and specialzed in Canadian classes for the Mesa Az Family History Center where she is still a member of the Canadian Committee. She publishes the Eastern Townships of Quebec Connector (ETQC) e-letter twice a year. Ontario and Quebec has been her focus for her personal family research. In 1992 she authored a family book “Where Have All the Yandeau’s Gone?” This led her to publish an e-letter twice a year on her French-Canadian “Guindon” family. Researching your Canadian Ancestors
Marsha has been gathering and researching Family History for over forty years and loves to help others, especially beginners! She is a frequent speaker at various genealogy groups. Finding your Ancestors in Michigan

Researching in the State of Pennsylvania
Deborah Allred has been a Family History Service missionary since 2014, and has been interested in family history research for many years. An elementary school teacher by profession, her recent retirement has given her more time to focus on genealogy.

She is the wife of Bruce Allred, is the proud mother of three of God’s greatest people on the earth, and loves her three grandchildren.
Merging Records in FamilySearch
Peggy has been a member of Daughter of Utah Pioneers for sixteen years and has served as Historian for both the Camp and Company Boards for most of that time. Daughter of Utah Pioneers promotes researching and writing histories about Utah Pioneers. She has personally researched over 600 pioneers and written many pioneer and ancestor histories. She loves to make family history FUN and EASY! FamilySearch Memories Gallery FUN

Reveal the Hidden Stories of Your Utah Pioneers
A. LeRoy Atkins has completed three genealogical semesters at Monterey Peninsula College and Salt Lake Community College. He has studied at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy for seven years and at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University in 2010. He has been an avid genealogist for 57 years and is continuing his genealogical education. He served as a missionary at the Mesa Regional Family History Center for 18 months and is currently serving as a mentor on the Land and Probate Committee. Mr. Atkins specializes in solving genealogical problems through the use of land and probate records. Using Probate Records in Family History

Using Land records in your Family research
Pat lives in the Castlegate Ward, Queen Creek East Stake. She is currently serving as the Stake Indexing Director and she helps recruit and train indexers and arbitrators. She has 5 children and 20 grandchildren and enjoys spending time with them. She also enjoys doing Family History research and working at the Family Search Library. Indexing made easier
Darlene was born and raised in SLC, Utah but has lived in Arizona with her husband and six children for most of her married life. She has had an interest in family history ever since she was a teenager, but did not become actively involved until after her children were grown and married. She is now retired from an administrative professional and has been at the Mesa Family History Center as a missionary and volunteer for more than 5 years. She especially enjoys using computers for research and helping patrons get their genealogy organized. Researching your ancestors in Missouri and Kansas
Born and raised in Scotland, Margaret gained her love of Genealogy when she was only 18. She enjoyed spending whole days at Register House in Edinburgh doing family history research. When she was 20 she emigrated to California, shortly after she married Wes Burke an Arizona native and established her family’s roots in Arizona. Her passion for Genealogy was placed on the back burner as she raised her children and helped her husband build his business. She is an active and busy widow with 7 children and 35 grandchildren. Recently, she has rediscovered her love of finding and uniting families with their heritage. Margaret currently serves as a missionary at the Mesa Family History Center specializing in Scottish research. Researching SCOTLAND
Denise Crawford was born in Ft. Bragg, California and has resided in Arizona since 1980. Denise has been on the staff at the Mesa AZ FamilySearch Library since 2001 and researching her own family since 1993. She enjoys helping patrons with England research, historical newspapers, immigration, naturalization and more. Denise is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, National Genealogical Society and First Families of Knox County, Ohio. She loves contributing to Find A Grave. Beginning your Research in England

Researching in the State of New York
Bachelors(Byu) and Masters(UC,Riverside) in Geography: Primary research on 56(Pre-1850) Spanish & Mexican ranch home sites in coastal Los Angeles County.  Full & part-time college instructor (30+ years) Certificate in Library Science(San Jose State U). Secondary school librarian(19 years). Family History Consultant & Assistant Director Redlands-Yucaipa Family History Center.  Church Service Missionary: Mesa FSL. Using Maps in your Family History Research
Carma Lee has been journaling, writing and collecting family stories for 50 years. This love led her to serving at the Mesa Family History Center where she immersed herself in learning about family history research, specializing in the Family History Research Wiki and FamilySearch. She loves helping others by sharing her knowledge.   WIKI - Brimming with Insights into the Past

The HWWWWW of FamilySearch

Arlene Everett is a knowledgeable and an expert genealogist on African American Families.  She was awarded a Certificate of Completion from the NGS, for “American Genealogy: A Basic Course” in 2001. She has attend the Samford Institute of Genealogical Studies and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She has tracked her husband’s slave ancestors from North Carolina and Arkansas to Texas and connected two Everett slave’s families after a 150 year separation in the original will of Laurence C. Everett – 1844.

In her genealogical quest, she has research genealogical sources in Clayton Genealogical Library in Houston Texas for more than five years. Her other genealogical research included Texas and North Carolina county courthouses, North and South Carolina State Archives, Atlanta and Texas National Federal Archives.

Additionally, she has instructed genealogy classes in the Peoria Unified School District Community Education Evening Program and conduct staff orientation and presentations at the Mesa Family Center and the West Valley Genealogy Library in Sun City, AZ. Her “Africa America Everett“ handout will be the guide to her presentation.
The Black Everett Family: From North Carolina to Arkansas to Texas
Katie Gertz started Kate’s Computer Clinic in January 2000 after an early retirement from AT&T. Katie has a BS and an MBA in Business Administration. Kate’s Computer Clinic services residential and small business clients. Her business includes making "house calls" to set up new computers, networks, repair/replace computer parts; in other words, anything relating to the personal computer. She is known to her customers as "Dr. Kate". Katie is extremely knowledgeable on both the Windows and Apple MAC platforms. She teaches Windows, iPad and MAC classes at many computer clubs around the Phoenix Metro area.
She is a Microsoft Partner, Technet and Action Pack member. She is also a Business Partner with Carbonite and Paragon Software. She is an Apple Ambassador for the Sunland Village East MACies and a Certified Apple Product Professional. Katie is currently serving as the President of the Arizona Alliance of Computer Clubs, President of the East Valley Chapter of the Family History Society of Arizona and Secretary of the Family History Society of Arizona. Her involvement in genealogy started just 5 years ago with the help of her neighbor. She is a guest lecturer at many genealogy clubs around the Valley and is listed in many genealogy Speakers Bureaus.
Can I do Genealogy on my iPad? YES

Windows 10 Tips
Brittani Gilbert
Brittani D. Gilbert was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Arizona. She currently resides in Queen Creek, Arizona. Sister Gilbert is currently serving a full-time 18-month Young Church-Service Mission. Her service includes the Mesa Family Search Library, the Phoenix County Jail, where she teaches the LDS 12-step Addiction Recovery Program. Her service also includes serving homeless families, and those with disabilities. Sister Gilbert has Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, and Polish heritage. She is a member of the Scandinavian committee at the Library and focuses on Scandinavian research. She is currently the Family History Consultant in her ward and has been involved with family history since she was 12. Success Tips for Scandinavian Research & Researching in Norwegian Parish Records
Jeanne Merrill Goodman was born and raised in Arizona as a 5th generation Arizonan.  Having a great interest in how her ancestors all got here, she has collected family group sheets, pedigree charts, and stories since her teenage years.  She met her husband, Bill Goodman, at BYU where they were in the same ward, and he was her “Genealogy Home Teacher”.  They have 8 children and 35 grandchildren, so life is kept busy.  Before retiring, Bill was employed by the Church Educational System, so their family has lived in several different locations – Alberta, Canada; Prescott, Arizona; Slidell, Louisiana; and Homewood, Illinois.  While living in the Chicago Hts. Stake in Illinois, she served for a few years in the stake Family History Center.  After retiring, they returned “home” to Arizona and currently live in Gilbert.  Jeanne completed a 1½ year mission at the Mesa FamilySearch Library in January 2006 and has stayed on as a volunteer service missionary. She has served as the Mesa FSL website committee chairman and also on the LDS Ancestor Research Committee. Using the Mesa FamilySearch Library Website: Treasures to be Found Behind the Links
Edith has been involved with Family History work for about 40 years, starting with her first class at BYU at age 19. She holds a B.S degree from Brigham Young University in Elementary Education with a double minor in Public Speaking and Music. She is thrilled to see the technology advances that make Family History work so much easier and productive. She is the mother of eight and grandmother of 27. She and her husband, Wallace currently serve as directors at the Mesa FamilySearch Library. Descendency Research
Wallace Haws has served twice as a service missionary at the Mesa Az Family History Center.  He and his wife jointly serve as Area Family History Advisors for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the East Mesa Area. Audacious Memories
Martha (Pat) has been researching Northern European and Swedish family history for 25 years. She is a native Virginian and a graduate of the University of Virginia. She and her husband Al share six children, and 11 grand children.  She served a Family History Mission in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary as well as other Family History Missions in the United States. She recently discovered she is 7% Lapp.  Martha’s passion for sleuthing ancestors in these parts of the world is contagious. Come Join the Fun.
Bette was born in Los Angeles, California. Has 4 children, 12 Grand Children and 6 Great Grand Children. Her forefathers have always held a soft spot in her heart and she was always interested in her Genealogy. She has collected information at the Salt Lake Library for several years at the request of her uncles. While in Virginia her Stake President requested that she put a Family History Center in or near Williamsburg, VA. She accomplished the acquisition of all materials and computers at no cost and taught classes on Computer skills and Genealogy for 8 years. She has served at the Mesa Family Search Library for 11 delightful years here in Arizona Beginning your Family History... be efficient, save time
Herzlich willkommen! My passion is genealogical research. I’ve been doing it for 40 years now. I started doing German research 14 years ago when I discovered my daughter-in-law’s paternal line was all German. I taught myself to read basic words in the old German script. I also took a year of German at the community college. I have continued to learn and sharpen my skills by attending German genealogical research classes and also by researching. Tips for deciphering old German Script
Bryan was born in Arizona; raised in St Johns; served a mission to Argentina. Graduated from BYU with a major in Spanish and History, and a Master’s degree from BYU in Education. He has taught school for 19 years, then sold insurance for Farmers for 22 years.

Bryan was born in Arizona; raised in St Johns; and served a mission in Argentina. He graduated from BYU with a major in Spanish and History, and a Master’s degree in Education.

Between he and his wife, there are 8 children, 35 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. He has served since 2008 as a family history missionary.
Researching Records in Mexico - Latin American
McKell Keeney is an enthusiastic genetic genealogist who uses DNA test results to build family trees as a "search angel" (volunteer), specializing in helping those of unknown parentage or misattributed parentage. She also uses DNA results to solve research questions and extend family trees past brick walls.She has successfully helped dozens of people who were adopted, or who had a parent or other relative with unknown parentage. She enjoys teaching people various things they can do with their DNA results, from reviewing health information to connecting with "new" cousins researching the same family lines. Mckell lives in Tempe with her husband, Dave Keeney.

DNA for genealogy is a young and fast-moving field. Mckell reads the top DNA blogs and attends advanced DNA conferences to keep up with developments: DNA Day at Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in June 2017, i4GG in San Diego in 2016 that was led by CeCe Moore and Blaine T. Bettinger, two of the top genetic genealogists in the world, and a weeklong DNA Boot Camp with CeCe Moore, Paul Woodbury (on "Extreme Genes") and Karen Stanbary at SLIG 2017 (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy).   
Using DNA in Family History Research Part 1

Using DNA in Family History Research Part 2
JEANNE KONIUSZY was born in Pennsylvania, but was raised in Arizona. She has been interested and active in family history for over 35 years and in April 2016 received a Bachelor’s Degree in Family History from BYU-Provo. She enjoys assisting patrons with their family history and loves teaching family history to others. She is the wife of Tom Koniuszy and the mother of three children and eight grandchildren. She has been serving as a Temple and Family History Consultant in her church organization for the past five years. Jeanne has been a Service Missionary at the Mesa FamilySearch Library since May 2014. RootsMagic: An Amazing Database and Research Tool

Find A Grave: Connecting and Reflecting All That and a Bag of Chips!
Carol Madsen is currently a ward family history consultant and a service missionary for the Mesa Family Search Center. She has served as a stake family history center director and served a mission for FamilySearch Product Support for six years. Success Tips for Scandinavian Research & Researching in Norwegian Parish Records
Dr. Massey was born in Northern California and raised in Missouri and Kentucky. He graduated from high school in historic Liberty Missouri. From there he earned his B.S. from Western Kentucky Univ., and an M.Ed. from the Univ. of West Alabama. He finished his education with an Ed.D from Arizona State University. A forty year history teaching career started in Bowling Green, KY in 1970. Robert continues to teach US History and US Military Hist. at Estrella Mountain Community College [Avondale, AZ] today.

Dr. Massey has researched his ancestors and found that he has “kin” on both sides that served during the Civil War. He is a member of both the Sons of Union Veterans and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. As a 10 yr. member of the National Genealogy Committee for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, he does 3 to 5 researches every week to verify honorable service in the CSA army for those that wants to join the SCV.
This past summer, Robert taught this class at the Omaha, NE Family History Center and presented a biography of a Civil War doctor’s military records to the HAL Society in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is also Vice President of the Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board, Inc. and a member of the Arizona & Virginia Historical Societies.
How to research Civil War records
Lynn Melville currently serves as a Volunteer at the Mesa FamilySearch Library where he also teaches classes for new staff members and patrons. He moved to Arizona from Northern California 12 years ago following his retirement of over thirty-six years of service with the Federal Government. While in California, he was one of the charter members of the Silicon Valley Personal Ancestral File Users Group (now known as the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group). Lynn lives in Gilbert, Arizona where he is the Director of a smaller LDS Family History Center. He and his wife also serve as Family History Advisors to LDS Church units in the Gilbert and Queen Creek area. Just say no to Junk Genealogy
Sharon D. Monson is the founder of GenSearch and more, an author, and frequent conference presenter. She has extensive research experience in courthouses, archives, and the Family History Library spanning 30+ years. Her class presentations cover a wide range of research methods, useful tips, and unusual resources. Internet research sites available 24/7 present a unique challenge for Sharon – Search or Sleep? In this case, sleep never wins! The Faithful: Early U.S. Church Records

Better Analysis = Better Results
I was born in Pinon, Arizona on the Navajo Nation.  I am the son of Donald and Grace Mose and the  youngest of seven children.

After graduating from San Juan High, I attended  No. Pioneer College in Holbrook, AZ.  I currently work at Gateway Community College as a security dispatcher.  In my past, I enjoyed riding in  rodeos as a bronc rider until I had my accident.  That changed my whole talent around.

I discovered a new talent in family history and got involved in Native American research.  I have a strong desire to find my ancestors.  I have learned a lot about the 1800 history of Native Americans and about the  African Americans.  I am the chairman of the Native American, African American and Polonesian Committee.
Native American Research
I was born in Heber City,Utah to an Educator/ Administrator Father and German Immigrant Mother.  Educated at the University of Utah in Business Administration and worked for over 35 years in the computer/data communications field. Ended my career in a start-up company in Arizona and retired in 2006 as Vice President of Global Sales after traveling over 3 million miles and visiting 52 countries. Began genealogy during the mid 1960’s while living in Germany and have been involved in family history since then. Have served at the Mesa Az Family History Center since Dec. 2007 with a concentration on German & related research. I teach 30 classes per year in the community and enjoy helping others find solutions to brick walls. Researching your ancestors in Germany

Immigration and Naturalization
Cindy is currently a Genealogist and Department Coordinator at the McClelland Library in Phoenix’s Irish Cultural Center. She has been doing family history research for over 23 years and had her own genealogy research business prior to working at the library. Cindy completed an 18-month Professional Genealogy program, and in 2014, she attended the Irish Genealogical Research course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from ASU and previously worked as a computer analyst. She is currently the vice president of the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists and is a member the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and the Family History Society of Arizona, where she served as a former Program Chairperson for the Paradise Valley Chapter. She has given lectures to various genealogy organizations around Arizona and enjoys sharing her love of genealogy with others by helping people trace their Irish ancestors and learn about their Celtic heritage. How to do Irish Genealogy Research without going to Ireland
Leone grew up in Utah. She traveled the world with her family, attended High School in Tehran Iran, graduated from USU, taught school in California, received MA degree from BYU, and eventually settled in Arizona when she met, and married, Richard. They have 6 extra-ordinary children and 16 fabulous grandchildren. After several years’ experience in extraction and indexing, she “caught the bug” and has a passion for finding her ancestors, “the search is exciting—the ‘find’ is incredible!” Currently, Leone serves as a missionary at the Mesa Az Family History Center. Finding and Researching Names to take to the Temple
Melba was born and raised in San Diego, CA  and has been involved in family history since she was 15. In 1976 she moved to Mesa, AZ and continued researching my family at the old Mesa Family History Center which is now the Training Center on 1st Ave. She began as a missionary in March of 1994 and has been involved in British Isles research since then. She has served as Ward or Stake Family History Consultant for about 25 years. She  gives lectures around the Valley and also teaches classes at the Mesa Az Family History Center. Using the Program FindMyPast
Duane Roen has been tracing his roots since his teenage years, building a database with more than 32,000 ancestors. He and his wife, Maureen Roen, have also been recording their family history since 1978 by writing nearly 16,000 daily journal entries on their children and other family members. Combining his professional and personal interests, Duane worked with colleagues to establish courses on writing and recording family history in the College of Letters and Sciences. He also is founding coordinator of the Project for Writing and Recording Family History in the College of Letters and Sciences. Although Duane loves family history, he spends most of his waking hours serving as Dean of University College and Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences. Weaving Cultural History into Family History Writing
Mary Säfsten was raised in Mesa where she was trained in Family History at a very early age. She graduated from BYU, then married Robert Säfsten whose parents were both born in Sweden. Mary was trained in Swedish Genealogy Research to assist her husband research his family tree. 2008-2010 she served a mission at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. She divides her year between Mesa and Bellingham, Washington, where they raised their family of 12 children. Nordic Research- The Big Picture
- Born in Indiana and raised in Arizona.
- Graduated from ASU in Engineering.
- Served in the USAF as a Missile Launch Officer with Minuteman III ICBMs.
- Worked In the aerospace industry in engineering and management for over thirty years.
- Volunteer at the Mesa Az Family History Center since 2005.
- Married for 45 years with three children and three grandchildren.
Using the Internet From Home For US Research

US Military Records Basic Training
Melanie Sturgeon recently retired as the State Archivist and Director of the Arizona State Archives and Records Management Branch of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records where she served for 16 years. She has a Ph.D. in history and is an avid family historian. As an archivist who works with government records she is familiar with numerous primary sources that contain information about people. She has taught family and oral history workshops throughout the state of Arizona and has conducted over 100 oral history interviews ranging from family histories to interviews with the original residents of the first Sun City. Family History Research in State Archives

Court records in Family History Research
Ann Wessman Tanner was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, graduated from the University of Utah and then taught English at Olympus High School for two years. She married James Tanner in the Salt Lake Temple 48 years ago. They are parents of five daughters and two sons, all of whom are married and living around the country. They have thirty-three grandchildren. Ann and James lived in Arizona for the past forty-three years, then made a sudden move to Provo, Utah one year ago. Ann served two Church Service missions at the Mesa Family Search Center and is currently serving at the BYU Family History Library where she coordinates the Sunday classes, teaches, and prepares training for the missionaries. In her spare time she reads.
The Family History Guide
James L. Tanner B.A. Degree; Spanish, M.A. Degree; Linguistics, University of Utah. J.D. Degree; Law, Arizona State University. 2 years, Intelligence Analyst, U.S. Army. 39 years Arizona trial attorney. Over 32 years in genealogical research. Avid Blogger of Genealogy’s Star blog and Rejoice, and be exceeding glad. Eight years as a missionary at the Mesa, Arizona Family History Center. Presently serving at the BYU Family History Library. Presenter at Expos and Conferences around the U.S. and Canada. Previously owner of a retail computer business and an Apple Macintosh software company. Professional photographer. Seven children and 32 grandchildren. Ancestry Tree Connect with Roots Magic

Making the most of MyHeritage

Using the Google Goldmine for Genealogy
Robert Martin Wilbanks IV is a long time genealogist who discovered genealogy at the age of 12 with the advent of the television mini-series Roots in January 1977. Having been interested in history since the 4th grade, with Roots he realized how he personally connects to the “Great American Experience” through his ancestors. He instantly became a fervent genealogist and considers Alex Haley the most influential person in his life.

With much library research experience before entering college, working in libraries was a natural direction for him. He earned a library para-professional degree, as well as a B.A. in History. Since 1982 he has experience working in Community College libraries, city libraries, a law library, business library and currently works in a medical school library. Robert began his genealogy profession in 1988 as editor and publisher of two family newsletters, followed by authoring several books, and then became editor of a genealogy society newsletter, and a quarterly. In the late 1990s he wrote a genealogy for the Desert Shamrock Phoenix Irish bi-monthly publication. 
Robert gave his first genealogy presentation in 1989 speaking continuously ever since. Throughout the 90s he was involved in local genealogy societies and attended many local seminars and National conferences. He helped start the East Valley, Tempe and Scottsdale Chapters of the Family History Society of Arizona, holding the office of President for the latter for two years. He also chartered two local chapters of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, holding the office of Commander for 5 years. He attended the annual one week program at the Institute of Genealogy and History at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama from 1989 to 1991, learning sophisticated genealogical research and analysis; techniques he strongly encourages and practices today. Now a professional genealogist for over 26 years he founded Ancestral Pride: Professional Genealogy Services in 2009 and continues speaking, researching, writing, and has developed several websites. He teaches an 8 week beginning genealogy course for the City of Phoenix, and an 8 week beginning Irish-American genealogy course for the Irish Cultural Center. Currently, Robert is President of the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists. Robert’s most noted areas of expertise are United States military history and records, the American Civil War, the Old South and Colonial Virginia.
Virginia and Southern States Part 1

Virginia and Southern States Part 2
Richard has been working with genealogy for over 40 years. He is a retired technology specialist with the federal government. He authors several blogs, including, which investigates technology and genealogy. Richard has taught genealogy courses at the local community college, has been a presenter at FHExpos, RootsTech 2014, RootsTech 2017, and Family History Society meetings across the greater Phoenix/Mesa area. He was an FGS 2015, RootsTech 2016, and RootsTech 2017 Ambassador and has been selected as a RootsTech 2018 Ambassador.
He currently serves as the President of the Family History Society of Arizona, is a delegate and webmaster to the Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board. Richard is also the coordinator for the Mesa Legacy Family Tree User Group.
Legacy Family Tree