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DespainMA.JPG  Marci A. Despain,  B.A.®, CGSM

Marci has been involved in family history since 1999 and has been a professinal researcher since 2000.  She has always loved reading about history and more especially the lives of her ancestors. While attending Brigham Young University, she decided to major in Family History with an emphasis in the British Isles. In 2003 she conducted an internship for her Purnell ancestors in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England and then in 2004 started working at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City where she is currently a British Research Consultant.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Family History (British Isles), Brigham Young University, 2005
  • Minor in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Brigham Young University, 2005


  • Certified Genealogist, CGSM


Brigham Young University

  • Family History Internship in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, 2003
  • Family History Teacher's & Research Assistant, 2000-2004

Family History Library

  • British Research Consultant, 2008-present
  • Information Commons Reference Consultant, 2006-2008
  • Library Attendant, 2004

Professional Genealogy Research

  • Conducting private client research since 2000

Research Trips

  • Idaho, 2005-present
  • Utah, 2000-present
  • England, 2009
  • Canada, 2007
  • England & Scotland, 2003

Professional Activities

  • Genealogy Roundtable Vice-Chair, Utah Library Association, 2009-2010
  • Lecturer at the Utah Library Association Fall Workshop, Fillmore, 2009
  • Lecturer at the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy, 2009
  • Lecturer at the BYU Computerized Family History and Genealogy Conference, 2008
  • Teaching monthly patron classes at the Family History Library, 2004-present
  • Attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, 2008 & 2009
  • Attended the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy, 2009
  • Attended the BYU Computerized Family History and Genealogy Conference, Provo, 2008
  • Attended the FGS Conference, Boston, 2006
  • Attended the FGS Conference, Salt Lake City, 2005
  • Attended the ICAPGen Professional Conference, BYU, 2003
  • Attended the BYU Computerized Genealogy Conference, Provo, 2002

Genealogical Organization Memberships

Current Projects

  • Pursuing Accreditation with ICAPGen® in England Research
  • Writing Purnell family histories for publication