Stephen S Barthel, was formerly a European Reference Consultant for the Family History Library from 1983 to 2004. After retiring, he remains active in lecturing throughout the United States and Canada. He has served in the Library's Public Affairs Unit, giving tours to VIPs, assisting the media, and researching VIP genealogiies. He currently serves as a Board Member for the St. Michael Historical Society. He has about twenty-six family history books and a gazetteer reference book on localities in East and West Prussia.