Workshop Descriptions & Faculty Bios

Organize Your Research and Writing with Scrivener
Kimberly Powell

This hands-on workshop will teach you how to utilize Scrivener to help plan, organize, write, and publish your family research. We’re going to walk through setting up your first Scrivener project through demonstrations interspersed with implementation periods and the chance to ask questions. Make 2021 the year you finally get your research organized with everything cross-referenced and available at your fingertips. We’ll also get you started on the path of writing as you go!

Pre-requisites: Students should have Scrivener (either Mac OS or Windows) installed and working on their computer prior to the workshop. A free 30-day trial of Scrivener (30 days of actual use) is available; download instructions will be sent after registration.

Using Google's "My Maps" as a Research and Analysis Tool
Cari A. Taplin, CG

Learn to use Google's "My Maps" as a research and analysis tool including how to create custom maps, tips for genealogical applications, and real-life examples. This workshop includes interactive in-class exercise to walk students through the creation of custom maps, drawing shapes, dropping and labeling pins, measurement tools, adding photos, and more.

Pre-requisites: Please create a Google account and/or know your login information prior to class. We will not have time to go over how to set up an account in class. This is the page to sign up for a new account: The process is simple. You can read about it here:

Tools for Analyzing & Visualizing Family History & DNA Networks
Kimberly Powell

Network analysis and visualization—commonly used in areas such as social media analysis, biology/medicine, and business data analytics—offers exciting possibilities for exploring ancestral connections and making sense of DNA matches. Join us as we explore the basics of network analysis, including the ways that software can be utilized to explore and better visualize relationships, connections, and clusters (networks, FAN clubs) in our family history and DNA data. Through short demos followed by implementation periods we’ll practice using the free, open-source Gephi software to create a cluster network from your own documentary or DNA data.

Pre-requisites: Students should have Gephi (free; available for Mac OS, Windows, or Linux) installed and working on their computer prior to the workshop. Instructions will be sent after registration. Gephi can be fairly computer resource intensive, as is Zoom, so while you should be able to run both simultaneously on the same computer, having a second computer or tablet available for Zoom is ideal. If you don’t want to actually try the software yourself and prefer to watch and follow along, you’re also welcome! We’re also going to discuss how to create and organize a spreadsheet to collect data for future network analysis which will also serve as an alternative activity to use for the implementation periods.

Resume Building and Digital Presence
Janell Esplin

In this session we will discuss your professional genealogical resume. We will cover what counts as professional work and what doesn't. Our main focus is making you look good on paper. We will discuss how to present what you have done in genealogical research to show your research skills. At the end of this session you should be well on your way to having a presentable resume, to submit to a company. The second part of this session we will discuss your digital presence, focusing on LinkedIn. We will discuss why you should have a LinkedIn profile and how that can help you in your professional genealogical research career.

Pre-requisites: Please come to this session with an up-to-date resume and with a LinkedIn profile created. (You might have to reset your password. Please do that before you come to this session with that already done.)

Get Your Life Back: Organizational Tools for the Professional Genealogist
Jessica Taylor

This workshop will dive into tools to help you balance your work life AND succeed as a professional genealogist. We’ll discuss scheduling and life balance tools, communication tools, project management, to-do lists, and more. Our focus will be less on the organization of genealogy documents and more on the management of everything else related to your genealogy career.

Land Your Dream Job: Preparing to Apply for Professional Genealogy Positions
Elly Catmull & Christy Fillerup

Real-life advice on how to be hired by and succeed at a professional genealogy firm. We'll help you assess the skills you have and identify which areas to strengthen. We'll go over education and training options--what is the best path to a genealogy career? We'll deep dive into what makes a great cover letter and resume using your real-life examples. We'll help you choose the best sample reports to showcase your skills. You'll have an opportunity to take a sample research test and even practice interviewing. By the end of the workshop, you'll know what to expect from the interview process and we hope you'll feel confident and ready to pursue your genealogy career!

Pre-requisites: Please come prepared with a working draft copy of your cover letter and resume. Please also have one or two sample reports handy, if you have them. We'll send attendees a short research test to take before the workshop.

Faculty Bios

Elly Catmull

Elly CatmullCurrently the Director of Client Services at Legacy Tree Genealogists, Elly has been involved in hiring project managers, researchers, and editors over the nine years she’s been with the company. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Family History and Genealogy from BYU and providing job opportunities to genealogists has become one of the greatest joys of her life.

Janell Esplin

Janell EsplinJanell is the recruiter for Content, Emerging Business, DNA Operations and Member Services at Ancestry and has been in her current role for 3 years. She has brought over 40 genealogists to the company and has filled over 150 other openings across the organization. She has a passion for supporting her business partners, ensuring that candidates have a great experience when working with Ancestry, and helping candidates find the right role at this amazing company. Prior to joining the Ancestry family, Janell was a Recreation Director in the human services field. Janell has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences: Psychology from Utah Valley University. Janell currently serves on the Human Rights Committee for a local residential facility, where she serves as Chairman. She is an avid soccer fan and in her spare time loves to read and spend time with her family.

Christy Fillerup

Christy FillerupAs the Lead Research Team Manager, Christy oversees hiring professional genealogy researchers. Shehas a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations with a minor in History. Her genealogy background also includes 15 years of professional research, seven years editing genealogy publications, and four years as SLIG Director. She is passionate about supporting fellow genealogists in their career goals.

Kimberly T. Powell

Kimberly PowellKimberly T. Powell is a professional genealogist, author, educator, and volunteer. She is a past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, serving seven years as a Director and on APG’s Professional Development Committee. She is on the faculty of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate Program.

Cari A. Taplin, CG

Cari A. Taplin, CGCari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but now lives in Longmont, Colorado. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) and as the President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking services. Cari currently works for Ancestry ProGenealogists. Cari’s personal research focuses on midwestern and Great Lakes states. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife and mother of two teenagers.

Jessica Taylor

Jessica TaylorJessica Taylor founded Legacy Tree Genealogists in 2004, which has since grown to a company of over 35 employees, with additional contractors spread across the globe. Legacy Tree is the highest client-rated genealogy research company in the world and the recommended research company of MyHeritage, 23andMe, RootsMagic, and more. Helping clients discover their roots, connect with biological family and preserve their legacies, while caring for our team of superstar professionals, is Legacy Tree Genealogists’ joy and passion.