Programs in Genealogical Research


Melinde Lutz Byrne American Society of Genealogists Seal

Director of the Genealogical Research Program
Instructor, Forensic Research

Melinde Lutz Byrne

  • Fellow and former President, American Society of Genealogists
  • Author and editor
  • Co-editor, National Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Editor of Donald Lines Jacobus Award winning book
  • Serves on Genetic Genealogy Standards Committee since 2014
  • Certified Genealogist®, Board of Certification of Genealogist®
  • Bachelor’s degree from Miami University and advanced course from the University of Oregon and Simmons College



Connie Lenzen American Society of Genealogists Seal

Instructor, Foundations of Genealogical Research
Connie Lenzen

  • Certified Genealogist, Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • Past President, Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • Former Director, National Genealogical Society
  • Recipient of 2010 National Genealogical Society’s President’s Citation
  • Working professional genealogist
  • Author and lecturer
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education, Portland State University



Julie Michutka

Instructor, Evidence Evaluation and Documentation
Julie Michutka

  • Volunteer, writing finding aids for manuscript collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Active member of Massachusetts Genealogical Council and former secretary and archivist
  • Regional lecturer
  • Mentor, GenProof Study Groups
  • Retired Latin teacher
  • Teacher’s Certificate, University of Michigan School of Education
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Latin, University of Michigan



Allison Ryall

Instructor, Problem Solving Techniques and Technology
Allison Ryall

  • Modern records research expert
  • Technology specialist, online research
  • Grader, National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course
  • Program Director, NERGC 2011
  • FGS Ancestors Road Show co-chair
  • Bachelor’s degree in History and Russian Studies, University of Southern Maine
  • Master’s degree in American and New England Studies, University of Southern Maine



Angela Packer McGhie

Instructor, Professional Genealogy
Angela McGhie

  • Intermediate Genealogy course coordinator, Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course coordinator, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
  • Holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • Director, Mentor and Former Administrator, GenProof Study Groups
  • Trustee, Board for Certification of Genealogists Education Fund
  • Instructor, Genealogical Institute on Federal Records
  • Contributing author, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly
  • Lecturer at national genealogy conferences including NGS, NERGC, RootsTech
  • BS in Psychology, Brigham Young University