Genealogical Research Instructor Profiles

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

  • 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

Melissa A. Johnson
Instructor, Professional Genealogy

  • 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
  • Author of articles published in National Genealogical Society Quarterly, New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, and Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey
  • 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

Connie Lenzen
Instructor, Foundations

  • 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

Angela Packer McGhie
Instructor, Genealogy as a Profession

  • 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

Allison Ryall
Genetic Genealogy Concepts, Standards, and Ethics
Genealogical Methods

  • 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

Jennifer Zinck
Instructor, Forensic Genealogy

  • 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