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ABOUT ME

Professional Genealogist & Researcher

MY STORY

My genealogical explorations began when I was a teenager – stemming from curiosity about my own family story. Over the years, that curiosity developed into a passion in building my own family tree, resulting in many fascinating connections from all around the world. As an avid hobbyist, I attended numerous workshops and participated in top tier conferences, finding myself spending hours at the computer in attempt to unearth new discoveries. I then began to offer my expertise to others, either by building other people’s trees just for fun, or through volunteer opportunities. There came a point where I felt the need to “level up.” I spent two years honing my skills at The International Institute for Genealogical Studies earning a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies in Eastern European Records and Genetic Genealogy.

As a retired elementary school teacher, I have many years of experience teaching various age groups. In addition to my teacher credentials, I have a BA in International Service and Development, including several years of international work. As a Professional Genealogist I have participated in the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Applied Genealogy Institute (AppGen), and will be in the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GenFed) class at the National Archives in Washington, DC this summer. I currently work in JewishGen’s Ukraine Research Division on the Ukrainian Data Acquisition Team. In addition to this, I belong to several professional genealogy organizations including the Utah Genealogical Association, Utah Jewish Genealogical Society, among others. I am the founder of the professional genealogist networking group, Geniends. My passion for helping others is evident in the work that I do.

Paternal Grandparents:
Milton Citron & Ida Glassman circa 1936
LaBelle family photo:
Wendy bottom left 1970
Maternal grandparents:
Wendell LaBelle & Katherine Dolan circa 1936