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Robert Raymond is a deputy to FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher, helping increase genealogical soundness of FamilySearch products and improving relationships with the genealogical community. Additionally, Robert helps set the record acquisition and publication strategy.
Robert is a popular speaker and writer. His blog (authored pseudonymically) has won many awards and recognitions and is consistently ranked among the top ten genealogical blogs. He is the author of an acclaimed family history website where he has published hundreds of digitized genealogical records and personal histories, written numerous articles, and created several maps. Before FamilySearch, Robert worked at and before that was vice president of an award winning technology company.
Robert is a genealogy technologist with more than 40 years experience in genealogy and 30 years in technology. Robert holds over a dozen technology patents and earned a masters degree in electrical (computer) engineering from Brigham Young University where he was honored as a Kimball Scholar. He is a volunteer at a FamilySearch Family History Center where he can be found in the trenches every Wednesday night.


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FamilySearch Wiki

Significant Contributions

Minor Contributions

Blog Recognition

Robert anonymously writes a popular genealogy blog. Recognitions include:


November 2002 – July 2008: Sr. Manager of Content Strategy and Analysis

Web analytics, data warehouse, Omniture implementation engineer:,, and


2001 – 2003: Genealogy professional, web development, digital imaging, intellectual property


1993 – 2001: Vice President

Company growth from $0 to $65 million, culminating in sell of company to Symantec. Grew team size from four to 100 consisting of software engineering, project management, quality control, localization and documentation. Managed R & D portion of P & L statement. Architected PartitionMagic.


1983 – 1993: Sr. Software Engineer.

Created compilers, interpreters, and device drivers.for UNIX, X-Windows, VMS, DOS, and Windows.


Brigham Young University

1987: MS, Electrical Engineering (Computer)

1985: BS, Electrical Engineering (Computer)

Activities and Societies: Spencer W. Kimball Scholar, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society (treasurer), Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.