UGA Mission Statement
The Utah Genealogical Association provides genealogical information, sources and education through personal instruction and published media on state, national and international family history topics, while promoting high standards and ethical practices.
The Utah Genealogical Association was formally organized on September 25, 1971, and chartered on December 1, 1971, by the State of Utah as a nonprofit educational organization. The Association's interests are worldwide while still providing specific materials of interest relating to Utah. It is not affiliated with any religious or political organization.
The Association is governed by an Executive Committee comprised of the President, 1st Vice-President, and 2nd Vice-President plus a Board of Governors. Members of the Board are elected by the general membership of the Association and serve for a period of three years.
In addition, dozens of volunteers serve on various committees, staff booths at conferences, and work behind the scenes to assure the membership a vibrant, collegial, and enjoyable Association.
The Association publishes Crossroads, a quarterly journal of general interest in the field of genealogy and family history. The journal is sent to the general membership of the Association and is also available to the membership in an electronic edition on this website.
Association members can share information on specific surnames through our Surname Research page. We sponsor an annual meeting wherein outstanding service and accomplishments are recognized and awarded.
Also available to members is the opportunity to participate in a monthly "virtual chapter" meeting wherein experts in various aspects of genealogy and family history make hour-long presentations on their areas of expertise. These presentations are then archived for member review and access at any time.
The latest revision of the Utah Genealogical Association ByLaws were drafted on September 1, 2011, by an ad hoc Bylaws Committee made up of UGA Executive Committee members. The Bylaws were approved in a general membership meeting on October 13, 2011. They can be found HERE.
Dan lives in Sugarhouse with his wife Martha and he has just retired from being the Executive Directors of the Utah Association for Home Care and Hospice. Dan still performs some consulting in these industries.
Dan graduated with a degree in Spanish from the University of Utah and a Masters in Public Administration from BYU.
He is currently preparing to take the ICAPGen Accreditation at the end of 2015. Dan has been active in family research for the past 25 years and has traveled to Ireland and Australia 3 times each doing research. Dan plans on becoming a fulltime research professional specializing in Irish research. For the past 2 years he has been the Director of a small Family History Center in Sugarhouse.
Liz, a BYU Family History Major and family history consultant, possesses a passionate drive to discover and understand her own personal family history, as well as help others who desire to do the same. She loves the thrill of research, teaching, and working with technology. Her formal education builds upon a childhood curiosity instigated by her great-uncle, Joseph Pratt Ringland and nurtured by her step-mother, Victoria Torres Cays.
Areas of research interest include: Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Latin America, and Spain.
Gordon Lewis has done genealogy through the years since he was 12 years old and is the UGA South Davis Chapter President. In the last few years, he has attended several of the UGA conferences and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. He enjoys serving the community, using his skills and background to help organizations fulfill their purpose, and to assist them to progress and grow. This includes serving his local community and the Utah - Idaho area through the Kiwanis Service Organization (an organization that focus' on providing service towards Kids) through service projects, local club leadership and serving in two Utah - Idaho Kiwanis District positions.
Also, he is a member of the Salt Lake Salvation Army General Advisory Board. Most recently he has worked for Sun Products Corporation, a maker of laundry and dish soap, as an Inventory Counter/Auditor. Educationally: he is working on a MBA with emphasis in Leadership degree, is completing his Lean Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints Master Black Belt Certification. He is Lean Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints Green and Black Belt Certified and has a Bachelors' Degree in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Professional Accounting.
Michael L. Strauss, AG, is an Accredited Genealogist and a nationally recognized genealogical lecturer. A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah, he has been employed as a Forensic Investigator for 25 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran and a licensed Private Investigator. He is also a qualified expert witness in court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II.
Michael was the film historian for the 2015 Academy nominated film "Finding Vivian Maier" He has been involved in Civil War reenacting for more than 25 years, serving in two units, namely; the 99th New York Infantry and Battery A., 5th U.S. Artillery and most recently the Utah Living History Association.
Don is a Californian by birth, with Snow ancestors from Southern Utah. He is a retired Professor of Mathematics from Brigham Young University and has lived in several foreign countries both for mathematics and church assignments. After retiring from the BYU Math Faculty, he and his recently deceased wife Diane served four Family History missions for the LDS Church, including being Directors of the New York Family History Center in Manhattan, in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission on a FH project (http://earlylds.com), and in the London Family History Centre in the Hyde Park Chapel.
Don has been a VP of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group since the 1990's and is a frequent speaker at FH venues. He has 6 children and 30 grandchildren and loves teaching and playing his accordion. Don's talks, schedule, and notes are posted at http://uvtagg.org/classes/dons/dons-classes.html.
Jana Greenhalgh has been involved in family history since her youth. She graduated from BYU in 2003 with a BA in Genealogy/Family History. Her research emphasis was British Isles but she enjoys research in U.S. and Scandinavian records, and has a rich Utah heritage. She is currently an adjunct faculty member for BYU-Idaho's online family history degree program, and she delights to be a part of the ever-growing world of genealogy education.
Jana and her husband Brent reside in Lehi, Utah with their six young children. Jana is very passionate about involving children of all ages in family history. She blogs with her kids at www.thegenealogykids.blogspot.com and was recently an Ambassador for the RootsTech 2016 conference in Salt Lake City. Jana is very interested in any effort to expand the genealogy community to include children. She is also enthusiastic about educating parents & grandparents to find simple ways to make family history a part of everyday life.
Kelly Summers, is an Accredited Genealogist®. She received her Associates’ degree in Professional Genealogy and her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Community History both from Brigham Young University. Kelly received her Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah. Kelly has three premier genealogical credentials through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogist (ICAPGen) demonstrating genealogical research expertise is in U.S. Midwestern & U.S. Pacific and Spain.
Kelly designs curriculum and teaches university level courses at Brigham Young University, online courses for Brigham Young Independent Study in addition she also teaches online genealogy courses at Salt Lake Community College. Kelly currently serves as the Testing Committee Chair for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Kelly is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and a lifetime member of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA).
Mary Jane Saylor
Mary Jane Saylor has been an avid family history research since she was 16 years old, when her aunt needed some young legs to tramp around hillsides looking for gravestones. Thanks to their amazing discoveries, she has been fascinated ever since, and presently spends the majority of her time passing on research techniques to others.
Mary Jane served for two years as Assistant Registrar for the Salt Lake Institute (SLIG) committee, and presently oversees promotion of that program as Marketing Coordinator. She also serves as the Registrar for her local DAR chapter, where she enjoys helping prospective members trace their family lines. She is trained in Forensic Genealogy, works with adoptees to help them reunite with their famlies, and recently began working with UGA's First Families of Utah project.
Mary Jane feels blessed to be married to an amazing man who understands her passion for family history research and supports her in her endeavors to help others in their quest. She is the mother of seven wonderful children scattered across the globe, as well as the grandmother of three beautiful granddaughters.
Dayna serves as a Commissioner on the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, (ICAPGen℠), where she chairs the Public Relations Committee and facilitates the organization's social media outreach via blog, Facebook, Twitter, and newsletter. Dayna is one of five professionals accredited for U.S. Mountain West States research.
She has been researching, teaching, and writing since 1988 and has been on staff at the Monterey, California Family History Center since 1998, where she has served as staff trainer and Assistant Director. Over the years, Dayna has presented classes on thirty different topics at genealogy conferences and seminars, and has facilitated ongoing genealogy workshops at the public library.
She enjoys educating and mentoring genealogists, and her genealogy blog, On Granny's Trail, is a resource for Western States research and beyond.
Julia has been fascinated by family history and genealogy her entire life. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and University Honors from Brigham Young University in 1993 and recently became an Accredited Genealogist®, specializing in the United States Gulf South Region. Julia and her husband, Jared, have eight children and one grandchild and live in Provo.
Mark has worked with many of the most prominent genealogy bloggers, partners, societies, DNA experts and corporations as he attempts to help in creating new and lasting partnerships on behalf of the companies he has represented with the goal of bringing genealogy and its new technology to more customers of all types.
Mark has a degree from BYU in Genealogy and Family History with Spanish Records emphasis. He now works as a consultant for Software MacKiev as the Genealogy Community Ambassador for Family Tree Maker. He also serves on the board of Directors of FGS.
By working with FGS, MyHeritage, Ancestry.com, Family Tree Maker and possibly with the UGA Mark's desire to help increase the ability of all organizations to come together through partnering efforts and outreach to customers that will allow for easy access of information, classes, conferences and technology to make solid and accurate family history and genealogy for all.
Mark Olsen lives in Lehi, Utah with his wife Sara and three kids who still reside at home. Mark has 3 married children with two grandchildren and a third on the way. They also have a son currently serving a mission for the LDS church on the island of Pohnpei in Guam.
Mike develops web applications and deciphers old handwritten German documents for genealogists. In his spare time he researches his own family lines, and is always eager to learn about and discuss genealogical research methodologies, business processes, and solo-preneur strategies.
Mike has been working in web application development since 1996 in various programming languages and technologies. He is currently developing modern web applications for genealogists using cutting-edge technologies. He also consults small businesses on their technology stack, including email servers, web hosting, VOIP PBX, and team collaboration.