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Kate Albertson

Kate Albertson and her husband have recently returned from working as missionaries for FamilySearch. They spent 18 months digitizing probate records at the Maryland State Archive. While preparing records for camera work, they became familiar with the many documents that are part of a probate file. She wishes to share with you the value of these documents in family history research.

Sherry Burns

Sherry serves as a family history consultant in her local LDS Ward. She first became interested in her own family history as a young woman, and has been hooked ever since. Helping others has been a natural outgrowth of researching her own family.



Lisa McCullough

In 2011 Lisa dived into DNA testing by taking her first DNA tests. Within a year, after learning more about DNA and DNA testing, she began to help others and started a DNA group at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. The group has subsequently been divided into two groups – one for beginners and one for those who understand the basics and are actively using DNA to solve family mysteries. Lisa has also given presentations for local northwest genealogy societies.
Lisa continues to expand her knowledge with formal education and experience in using DNA for genealogy. She has attended various DNA week long Institutes, Seminars and the Institute for Genetic Genealogists to further her knowledge. She has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and became interested in genealogy as a teenager when attending family reunions.

Keith & Darlene Pyeatt

Keith is a fifth generation Oregonian while Darlene a native of Indiana. Both are graduates of Brigham Young University. Keith is currently pursuing accreditation as a professional genealogist, served on the board of directors of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon for several years and is currently chair of the Italian Special Interest Group of that organization. Both serve as family history consultants. They enjoy researching together, especially on-site research, and speaking to genealogical organizations.

John Schneider

John graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also studied Industrial Engineering and Operations Research with Columbia University and holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Arizona State University. His personal and professional pursuits have taken him to four continents and dozens of countries. John worked for several years to compile the Patriarchal Blessings of 37 of his ancestors. John and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of five children.


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Bob Winkel

Bob is a retired engineer who is often looking for ways to keep his mind occupied in worthwhile activities. About two years ago, he committed to becoming a FamilySearch volunteer (15 hr/week service missionary). His original training and experience was with "Family Tree", but last fall was given training in FamilySearch "Historical Records" and has been working in that area for the past few months.

Paul Work

Paul Work is a third-generation descendant of German immigrants. He speaks the language fluently and has translated numerous articles and documents into English for his own research and that of many others. He is a founding member of the Facebook group “German Genealogy Translations” and also volunteers on two other translation groups. Born and raised in Texas, he has visited many ancestral villages in Germany and Poland, and researched documents at the Polish National Archive in Warsaw and the Prussian National Archive in Berlin. His specialties are German records and German colonies in Poland. He is a retired veteran of the USAF, and retired from Intel Corp. in 2016. Paul currently serves as the co-director for the Family History Center in Hillsboro, OR.

Megan Wright

Megan is a professional genealogist with a BA in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University. Her passions include crafting the stories of ancestors from non-biographical sources and unusual record groups. She loves to share the joy of Family History work and has presented on a variety of topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is currently serving as the co-chair of Roots Quest and makes her home, with her husband and two boys in Forest Grove, OR.

Brad York

Brad has been doing Family History since he was a teenage boy 57 years ago. He served two FamilySearch Missions. He once had a Radio Talk Show in San Diego called "Climbing the Family Tree with Brad York". Brad has served in and belonged to dozens of Genealogy Societies over his years as he has lived all over the world during a 45 year military career. He is just a simple genealogy geek.