Genealogy Studies Program


Melinde Lutz Byrne American Society of Genealogists Seal

Director of the Genealogy Studies 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

    • Specialist in evidence analysis
    • Regional lecturer
    • Teaching assistant, Excelsior College online Genetic Genealogy course
    • Former Latin teacher: middle school, high school, and university classes
    • Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University Center for Professional Education
    • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Latin, University of Michigan
    • Teacher’s Certificate, University of Michigan School of Education
  • Research interests include immigration, early Massachusetts, and Slovakia

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

Jennifer Zinck

Instructor, Forensic Research
Jennifer Zinck

    • President, Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, Inc.
    • International lecturer
    • Genetic genealogy specialist
    • Modern records research specialist
    • Program director, NERGC 2019
    • Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management
    • Certificate, Genealogical Research Program, Boston University
  • Certificate, Practicum in Genealogical Research, Excelsior College

Melissa A. Johnson

Instructor, Professional Genealogy
Melissa Johnson

  • Certified Genealogist® from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • Instructor, Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
  • President, New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Chair, Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Development Committee
  • Reviews Editor, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly
  • Trustee, Genealogical Society of New Jersey
  • Vice President, International Society of British Genealogy and Family History
  • BS in Business Administration, Susquehanna University