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LDS DSGurtler LThumb.jpg Deborah Gurtler, BA 


I was born and raised in southern Arizona. My love for genealogy began as a teenager and I’ve been at it ever since. I picked up my Spanish language skills while living with my family in South America. I lived in Chile for 4 ½ years and in Peru for 9 months. I’ve been doing my own family history research for over 30 years. Before working at the Family History Library I worked as a contract researcher for several genealogical research firms as well as for my own clients.


Education

• Brigham Young University, B.A. Family History (2009)

Experience

• Internship at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007)

• Family History Field Study in the Archives of Spain (2009)

• Genealogist for BYU TV’s “Generations Project”

• Worked with a team of genealogists on the ancestry of Tim McGraw for the NBC program “Who Do You Think You Are”

• Volunteer at Family History Centers in New Mexico and Chile

• Chairman of the Orem Multi-Stake Family History Fair, 2011

Classes Taught

• “FamilySearch.org” taught in Spanish at the Family History Library

• “Registros Diocesanos” Hispanic Research Series, Family History Library, October 2011

• “Is PAF All I Really Need” Orem Multi-Stake Family History Fair, 2011 and at the Utah Valley PAF User’s Group, 2011

• “Ye Olde Handwriting” Orem Multi-Stake Family History Fair, 2011

• “Hey Grandpa, Tell Me A Story” Orem Multi-Stake Family History Fair, 2010

• “Como Empezar Mi Historia Familiar” Orem Multi-Stake Family History Fair, 2010

Research Interests

• Hispanic Genealogy

• Spanish Notarial Records

• Southern U. S.

• Portuguese Research

Languages

• Spanish – I can speak, read, and write

• Italian, French, Portuguese, Catalan, and Latin – I can read some of each

Online Activity

Comunidad de Investigación Genealógica en España on Facebook

Hispanic Genealogy Research Community on Facebook

Mexico Genealogy Research Community on Facebook

@genealogynerd Follow me on Twitter

La Genealogista Blog in Spanish about genealogy research in Hispanic countries

Southern Family History Blog about genealogy research in the Southern United States

LinkedIn