Named after her two grandfathers, RayDean Hill has enjoyed seventeen years of family history experience, including researching, Indexing, writing, and lecturing. A graduate of Brigham Young University, she earned her BGS degree with an emphasis in Family History.
She served as an Assistant Director and Director of a four-stake Family History Center. RayDean is the Recording Secretary for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists,SM and is an Accredited Genealogist® professional, specializing in English research.
RayDean and her husband, Jon, have six children. Those children decided their Mom’s epitaph should read, “Mom loved dead people. Now she is one.”
Presentation: Preparing for English Accreditation
- This class helps those who are considering taking and/or preparing for the England Accreditation Exam. Key topics include record types to know, research methodologies and strategies, helpful reference materials and tips for test day.
Robert Kehrer worked for 12 years as a molecular geneticist identifying disease genes by building very large family pedigrees. He has an MBA and worked for 7 years at Apple managing strategic alliances and driving market strategy in the sciences.
For the last 5 years Robert has worked for FamilySearch as a product manager in the Family History Library, overseeing the public APIs, and managing the development of FamilySearch.org beta. He is currently the senior product manager of search technologies for FamilySearch.
Presenting: FamilySearch: Effective Search Techniques and Sound Research Practices
- Types of data searched at FamilySearch
- Historical Documents, Lineage linked conclusion data, FamilySearch Catalog, Scanned Books
- How data is acquired, made searchable, it’s accuracy, location coverages
- Searching name indicies
- Browsing record images
- Sound research practices
- Dealing with name spelling variations
- Researching an entire family, not a single individual
- A single surname deep study
- The FamilySearch Wiki