Research Experience

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I’ve had many opportunities to conduct historical and genealogical research with different organizations. These opportunities have helped me create items like finding guides, databases, and public exhibits.

The Filson Historical Society

In Summer 2018, I interned at The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky. I researched and contributed to the Connecting the Dots: Exploring Your Family History exhibit. The exhibit focused on Kentucky families, their heirlooms, and how to assist individuals in their own genealogical research.

I also worked as an archivist to preserve the personal papers and genealogical materials of Virginia Dale Kyer Hutsell.

While working at the Filson, I also collaborated with another researcher to create a genealogy guide for basic family history research. This is a great resource for beginner researchers

FamilySearch Research Wiki

The FamilySearch Research Wiki is an online collaborative encyclopedia for genealogical and historical researchers. From 2018-2019, I worked on a team at the Family History Library to create and update these pages. I also supervised a group of online volunteers to educate the public on specific topics by creating content and pages.

Managing the Wiki broadened my research knowledge for different geographical locations, types of records, and genealogical methodology. One of the most significant projects I headed was creating pages for colonial records. To complete this project, I worked closely with other researchers & volunteers, organized & prepped a list of colonized countries, conducted a survey for each country’s record availability & historical information, and created an HTML template for each of these pages. Here are a few samples of the many pages I worked on:

United States Colonial Records
Mexico Colonial Records
Egypt Colonial Records

Nauvoo Community Project

As an undergraduate at BYU, I researched individuals and families that lived in Nauvoo, Illinois from 1839 to 1846 using church, census, vital, and migration records. Many residents of Nauvoo during this time were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical research for this community is usually complicated because families were often mixed or polygamous. My findings were uploaded to the Nauvoo Community Project, a free database available to the public.

Nauvoo Community Project database main page