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The Certificate Program
in Genealogical Research
features world-class
instruction by noted BU
faculty, including members of the American Society of Genealogists.

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The Certificate Faculty

Melinde Lutz Byrne, FASG
Program Director
Instructor: Forensic Research

sanbornA fellow and vice president of the American Society of Genealogists, Mrs. Byrne is one of only fifty living genealogists elected to the Society based on the quality and quantity of their published work. A cultural anthropologist and archivist, she is also vice president of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council, CEO of the Graceful Companies, and a Donald Lines Jacobus Award Winner. National lecturer and noted author of numerous books, including volumes I and II of The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Byrne is editor of The New Hampshire Genealogical Record and co-editor of The National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

  • Fellow and Vice-President, American Society of Genealogists
  • Author and Editor
  • National Lecturer
  • Editor, New Hampshire Genealogical Record
  • Vice President, Massachusetts Genealogical Council
  • Co-Editor, National Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Cultural Anthropologist and Archivist
  • Donald Lines Jacobus Award Winner
  • CEO, The Graceful Companies

Thomas W. Jones
Instructor: Evidence Evaluation and Documentation

  • jonesFellow, American Society of Genealogists
  • Certified Genealogist®
  • Certified Genealogical lecturer®
  • International Lecturer
  • Director, Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Past President, Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • Co-Editor, National Genealogical Society Quarterly
  • Winner, Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit
  • PhD in Education, University of Pittsburgh


Elissa Scalise Powell
Instructor: Foundations of Genealogical Research

  • powellCertified Genealogist®
  • Regional and National Lecturer
  • Author and Editor
  • Appeared in the PBS series Ancestors 2
  • Trustee, Board for Certification of Genealogists®
  • Instructor, Community College of Allegheny Co.
  • Course coordinator, Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research
  • Instructor, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
  • Former Director, Association of Professional Genealogists
  • BS in Mathematics, Gannon University

Allison Ryall
Instructor: Problem Solving Techniques and Technology
  • sargeantModern Records Research Expert
  • Technology specialist, online research
  • Grader, National Genealogical Society's Home Study Course
  • BU Computer Lab Teaching Assistant
  • Program Director, NERGC 2011
  • FGS Ancestors Road Show co-Chair
  • B.A. in History, University of Southern Maine
  • B.A. in Russian Studies, University of Southern Maine
  • M.A. in American and New England Studies, University of Southern Maine