About Valerie

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Some highlights:
Articles Featuring Valerie:
Continuing Education:
Memberships and Affiliations:
Some highlights:
  • Research consultant for Shed Media, producer of television’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” for confidential possible celebrity’s episode.

  • Research consultant for BYUTV’s “The Generations Project” 11/8/2011 episode on US Olympic snowboarder, Graham Watanabe.

  • National Genealogical Society Official Blogger for 2013 Family History Conference

  • Family History Expos Official Blogger – 2012

  • Family Tree Magazine - "Top 40 International Family History Blogs", 2012

  • Family Tree Magazine - "Top Social Media Mavericks", 2014

  • Rootstech Official Ambassador (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

  • Association of Professional Genealogists - Board of Directors (2015-2018)

  • Utah Genealogical Association - past 2nd Vice President and Publicity and Marketing Chair

  • Story@Home - Board of Directors

  • "Finding Your Japanese Ancestors," Utah Genealogical Association Crossroads Magazine, December 2013

  • "Grounding Yourself in the GPS," The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, December 2013, [co-authored with Luana Darby]

  • "30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable," Family Cherished Publications, January 2015

Articles Featuring Valerie:
Continuing Education:
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy:

    • Professional Genealogy; 2011
    • Advanced Genealogical Methods; 2012
    • Forensic Genealogy; 2013
    • Southern States Research; 2014
    • Writing a Proof Summary; 2015
    • Early U.S. Church Records; 2016
  • International Society of British Genealogy and Family History

    • Irish Research; 2015
  • National Genealogical Society - American Genealogical Studies: The Basics Certificate; 2016. American Genealogical Studies: Source Documentation and Citation Certificate; 2016

  • Forensic Genealogy Institute, Dallas, Texas -Forensic Genealogy Certificate; 2013

  • Daughters of American Revolution, Washington, D.C.

    • Genealogical Research for DAR Applications Certificate
  • Association of Professional Genealogy - Professional Management Conference: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2105, 2016

  • National Genealogical Society Family History Conference 2013, 2016

  • Federation of Genealogical Societies Family History Conference; 2014

  • Brigham Young Family History Conference; 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

  • Rootstech Family History Conference; 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

  • International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogist Family History Conference; 2013, 2014

Memberships and Affiliations:
  • Association of Professional Genealogists (Board of Directors)

  • Genealogical Speakers Guild

  • National Genealogical Society

  • Federation of Genealogical Societies

  • Daughters of American Revolution

  • International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

  • National Association of Memoir Writers

  • Utah Genealogical Association (past 2nd Vice President & Board of Directors)

  • Nonfiction Authors Association: Chapter Leader for South Denver

“If we own the story, then we can write the ending.” - Brene Brown

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Jason K.

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J. Mark Lowe

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