Genealogical Research Instructor Profiles

Melinde Lutz Byrne
Director of the Genealogical Research Program
Instructor, Forensic Research

  • Fellow and former President, American Society of Genealogists
  • Author and editor
  • National lecturer
  • Former Editor, New Hampshire Genealogical Record
  • Former Vice president, Massachusetts Genealogical Council
  • Co-editor, National Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Cultural anthropologist and archivist
  • Donald Lines Jacobus Award Winner
  • CEO, The Graceful Companies

Connie Lenzen
Instructor, Foundations of Genealogical Research

  • Holds the credential of Certified Genealogist℠ from the 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
  • Master’s degree in Education
  • Working professional genealogist
  • Author and lecturer

Julie Michutka
Instructor, Evidence Evaluation and Documentation

  • Former Latin instructor
  • Secretary and Archivist, Massachusetts Genealogical Council
  • Volunteer, writing finding aids for manuscript collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Regional lecturer
  • Mentor, GenProof Study Groups
  • Content developer, Genealogical Research Certificate Program and Genealogical Essentials course, Boston University
  • Teacher’s Certificate, University of Michigan School of Education
  • Certificate, Genealogical Research Certificate Program, Boston University
  • BA and MA in Latin, University of Michigan

Elissa Scalise Powell
Instructor, Foundations of Genealogical Research,
Professional Genealogy

  • Co-Director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Holds the credential of Certified Genealogical Lecturer from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • Holds the credential of Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • Regional and national lecturer
  • Author and editor
  • Appeared in the PBS series Ancestors 2
  • Former President, Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • Recipient of 2010 National Genealogical Society's President's Citation
  • Former instructor, Community College of Allegheny County
  • Course coordinator and instructor, Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research
  • Instructor, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
  • Former director, Association of Professional Genealogists
  • BS in Mathematics, Gannon University

Allison Ryall
Foundations of Genealogical Research,
Problem Solving Techniques and Technology

  • 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
  • BA in History, University of Southern Maine
  • BA in Russian Studies, University of Southern Maine
  • MA in American and New England Studies, University of Southern Maine