Welcome to the UGA!

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.
UGA Information
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.
UGA By-Laws
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.

Operating Year: April 2019 - March 2020

Board of Directors
Director (2019): Donald R Snow
Director (2019): Kelly Summers, AG
Director (2019): Mary Jane Saylor
Director (2019): Jeane Burton, AG
Director (2020): Julia Oldroyd, AG
Director (2020): Dayna Jacobs
Director (2020): Ralph Tobias
Director (2020): Mike Bronner
Director (2021): Elizabeth Miller
Director (2021): Michael Strauss, AG
Director (2021): Tanner Tolman, AG
Director (2021): Tristan Tolman, AG
Executive Committee
President: Kelly Summers, AG
First Vice-President: Elizabeth Miller
Second Vice-President: Tristan Tolman, AG
Administrative Assistant: Whitney Tolman
Executive Secretary: Cherri White
Treasurer: Craig White
Past President: Vacant
Webmaster: Mike Bronner
Director: Peg Ivanyo
Chapter Support Committee
Chair: Julia Oldroyd, AG
Conferences Committee
Chair: Elizabeth Miller
Crossroads Publication
Editor: Gena Philibert-Ortega
Education Committee
Chair: Kelly Summers, AG
First Families Committee
Chair: Jeane Burton, AG
NGS 2020 Committee
Chair: Tristan Tolman, AG
Outreach Committee
Director: Dayna Jacobs
Technology Committee
Chair: Mike Bronner

Board of Directors Profiles

Kelly Summers, AG

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 Jacobs, AG

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 Oldroyd, AG

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.

Mike Bronner

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.

Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth (Liz) Cays Miller’s love for genealogy was nurtured in her as a child, took hold as a teenager, and has continued throughout her life. She formally trained for research in Spain, Latin America, and the southern states of the U.S.A. at Brigham Young University, while
newer research opportunities have allowed her to broaden her knowledge and expand her skills. She especially enjoys on-site archival research and has researched at archives in Spain, Ecuador, Scotland, Wales, Canada, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Idaho, and Utah.

Currently, Liz works as a contract researcher for Legacy Tree Genealogists and serves UGA on several committees and as 1st Vice-President, where she has worked with the Conference Committee, Exhibits and Sales, UGA Membership and Volunteer Committee, and the Technology Committee. She has helped out with the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and will represent UGA at the FGS Society Days at Fort Wayne, Indiana in August 2018.

Liz hopes to help others make new discoveries about their family history and to see them become excited about learning. She would like to generate enthusiasm among UGA members and help them become more involved with the organization.

Michael Strauss, AG

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.

Tristan Tolman, AG

Tristan L. Tolman, AG®, is a professional genealogist, author, editor, and publisher. She has a bachelor's degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University and received her accreditation in genealogy research in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic States through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Tristan has been actively involved in the genealogical field for over twenty years. She has served on the ICAPGen Board as the first vice chair and on the Nominations Committee of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has written curriculum for the Family History degree programs at BYU-Idaho and BYU-Provo and was co-editor of Becoming an Excellent Genealogist: Essays on Professional Research Skills (2012). She loves working with clients and enjoys being on the research team of the award-winning television series, Relative Race. She is a member in good standing of ICAPGen, the National Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists. Tristan specializes in U.S. genealogical research, writing personal and family histories, and preparing genealogical information for publication. She and her husband Blair are the parents of five children.

Jeane Burton, AG

Jeane grew up in Pleasant View, Utah across the street from Joe who traded beads and arrowheads with the Shoshone in the 1880s; down the street from Flora who buried her five-year-old in the 1918 flu epidemic; and around the corner from Lettie who met Brigham Young and was foster mom to a Navajo code talker. Collecting and telling people's stories began early in Jeane's life.

Although her emphasis is Swedish genealogical research (she expects to finish her ICAPGen accreditation by summer of 2018), Jeane is also interested in UK research, and in her deeply-rooted Utah heritage.

In addition to research, Jeane wants to use her knowledge to teach others. She recently completed an LDS mission for FamilySearch writing curriculum and teaching patrons over the phone. Previously, Jeane served as director/teacher of a young single adult family history center in south Provo, and was featured in a series of training videos for family history center directors at the invitation of the LDS Church. Jeane taught at both elementary school and collegiate levels, and holds a current teaching certificate for K-8th grades with an emphasis in history.

While finishing a graduate degree in Teaching and Learning at BYU, she married her husband Steven--an IT guy with almost as much interest in family history as Jeane. They are fortunate to be the parents of two daughters who are likewise inspired by the stories of their ancestors.