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

Angela Packer McGhie
Instructor, Professional Genealogy

  • 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
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