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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
  • Editor, New Hampshire Genealogical Record
  • Vice president, Massachusetts Genealogical Council
  • Co-editor, National Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Cultural anthropologist and archivist
  • Donald Lines Jacobus Award Winner
  • CEO, The Graceful Companies

Mary Ann Boyle
Instructor, Forensic Genealogical Research

  • Holds the credential of Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • Specialist in tracing heirs and background investigating
  • Licensed private detective, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Education consultant and national lecturer
  • Former constable, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
  • Former BU professor and department chairperson
  • PhD in Neurophysiology
  • Master's degree in Education

Thomas W. Jones
Instructor, Evidence Evaluation and Documentation

  • Holds the credential of Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • Holds the credential of Certified Genealogical Lecturer from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • International lecturer
  • Trustee and Past president, Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • Co-editor, National Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Winner, Professional Achievement Award and Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit, Association of Professional Genealogists
  • PhD in Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • Fellow, American Society of Genealogists
  • Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association
  • Fellow, National Genealogical Society
  • Course coordinator, Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University
  • Course coordinator, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
  • Course coordinator, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh

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
  • 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
Instructor, 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