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Claire V. Brisson-Banks, B.S., MLIS, APG, A.G.®

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Claire is a professional researcher with many years experience in genealogy and family history research. She is a native of RI and moved to Utah in 2003. She has worked for the FHL since 2005. She created the "Especially for Youth" section now available on this Research Wiki split into two age groups; 3-11 and 12-?. She lectures on a large variety of topics concentrating on various localities as well as the youth and the latest technology tools. She designed a step by step guide for learning the new Web 2.0 technologies for all who wish to expand and extend their research. She loves spending time with her family, reading, and writing.

Education

Credentials

Accredited Genealogists® in Mountain States: 2012-Present

Accredited Genealogists® in England: 2008-Present

     ICAPGEN, Salt Lake City, UT

Experience

  • British Reference Consultatnt and Technology Specialist, Family History Library, 2008 to present
  • Sr. Staff Information Services Specialist, Family History Library: 2006-2008
  • Administrator for England, Scotland, & Canada Facebook Research pages: 2012-present
  • Administrator for FHL Facebook Fan Page: 2009-present
  • US/Canada Research Consultant, Family History Library: May, 2005 - Nov., 2009
  • FHL Intern Coordinator: 2008-2011
  • Family History Director, Providence, RI Family History Center: 1988-2003
  • Maintains own business, Timeless Genealogies: 2005-present

Community Involvement

  • Chair-Elect for ULA (Utah Library Association) Genealogy Round Table Committee:2012
  • Commissioner for ICAPGen (International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists) 2010-present
  • Collections Chair for CCLA: 2010-2011
  • Collections Chair-Elect for CCLA: 2009-2010
  • Collections Committee Member for CCLA (Consortium of Church Libraries & Archives) 2008-present
  • UGA Crossroads Committee Member: 2008-present
  • 2nd Vice-President for UGA: 2007-2008
  • Board Member for UGA (Utah Genealogical Association): 2004-2008

Lecturer and Presenter at the following locations:

  • 3rd Annual Pahvant Valley Family History Conferernce:13 Oct 2012, Delta, UT 
  • Massachusetts Genealogy Council: July 21, 2012, Waltham, MA
  • Legacy Online Lecture Series: July 11, 2012 at 7 MST
  • Legacy Online Lecture Series: Nov 9, 2012 at 12 MST
  • Murray Family History Fair: June 9, 2012
  • Utah Library Association: May, 2012
  • Empty Nesters Group: April 19, 2012, Herberville, UT
  • BYU: April Fireside: April 15, 2012,  Provo, UT
  • Legacy Online Lecture Series
  • SecondLife Online British Reference Series: Every Tuesday evening in March in Wollah for "Just Genealogy"
  • Orem Family History Fair, Mar. 17, 2012, Orem, UT
  • South Davis Family History Fair, Mar 2-3, 2012
  • Montery Family History Seminar, Monerey, CA, January 28, 2012
  • Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference, November 2 - 4, 2011 (Online Conference)
  • SORT2011, Oct. 11-12, 2011, University of Utah, SLC, UT
  • UGA Annual Conference, Aug. 19-20, 2011
  • BYU Education Week: Aug. 15-19, 2011, Aug. 21-24, 2012 
  • Riverton FHC, July, 2011
  • Scotland Series, FHL, June, 2011
  • Who Do You Think You Are?, Olympia, London, Feb, 2011
  • RootsTech Conference, SLC, UT, Feb., 2011
  • ICAPGen Annual Conference, Oct., 2010, 19-20 Oct. 2012 
  • Ogden Family History Conference, Sept, 2010
  • BYU Conferences: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
  • Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree: 2006
  • International Conference on Jewish Genealogy: 2007
  • Salt Lake Instititute of Genealogy (SLIG): 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005
  • South Davis Family History Fair: 2012, 2007, 2006
  • UGA Conferences: 2008, 2006
  • Various local conferences in RI, MA, CT, MN, UT: 1991-Present


Published

  • Journal of the British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A., 2010
  •      "Scottish Highlanders in America"
  • Library Management Journal: Issue 4/5 2010
  •      "Managing change and transitions: a comparison of different models and their commonalities"
  • UGA Crossroads: Various Issues from 2006-Present
  •      "News from the Professionals"
  •      "Window on the Library"
  •      "Web-Chat"
  •      "Scottish Highlanders in America"
  •      "Famly Time Capsules"
  • Links A Home Schooling Publication: September, 2007
  •      "Family Time Capsules often contain Family Treasures"
  • Everton's Genealogical Helper: Nov/Dec 2005
  •      "The Genes in Genealogy"


Classes Taught

  • A Beginner's Guide
  • Are Your Ancestors Frozen in Time?
  • Attacking those BrickWalls
  • Attacking those Jewish BrickWalls
  • Canada: Census Records
  • Canada: Church Records
  • Canadian Online Research
  • Canadian Research
  • England: British Research Using Social Media
  • England: Civil Registration
  • England: Finding Your Ancestors in English Manor Records
  • England: Online Resources
  • England: The Quest for Your English Ancestors
  • France: Archives, Jurisdictions, and Record Availability
  • Getting Your Book Published
  • Harnessing Cloud Technology to Expand & Extend your Family Tree (1)
  • Impact of Technology on Genealogy & Family History (2) 
  • Internet Research
  • Ireland Online Resources
  • LDS Research
  • Libraries: Portals to Your Ancestral Past
  • New England Research
  • Scotland: Church Records & Indexes
  • Scotland: Online Resources
  • Scotland: Records of Property & Inheritance
  • Scotland: Research Strategies
  • Scottish Highlanders in America
  • The Hidden Resources of FamilySearch.org 
  • The Perfect Social Media: Family History & Genealogy
  • The Pursuit from Genealogy Hobbyist to Professional
  • Using Technology to Involve Children in Family History & Genealogy
  • Wales Online Resources
  • Why Family History?

(1) This class is very technology oriented and aimed at programmers

(2) This class has been replaced with "The Perfect Social Media: Family History & Genealogy"

Associations

American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, RI

American Library Association, Chicago, IL

Association of Professional Genealogists, Westminster, CO

Cambridge Family History Society, Cambridge, England

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History,

Mountain Plains Library Association

New England Historical Genealogial Society, Boston, MA

Society of Genealogists, London, England

Tay Valley Family History Society, Dundee, Scotland

Utah Genealogical Association, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Library Association


Online Activity

Blogger: Who will tell their stories?  / Learning 2.0 Web Skills  / Genealogical Reflections

Delicious: Internet Social Bookmarking

Facebook

Flickr

LibraryThing

LinkedIn

Wikis: Elusive Ancestors / Creating a Family Time Capsule