Saturday, April 27, 2013

SpeakerProfile-Kip Sperry, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., W146, "Finding Your Ancestors in US Cemetery Records"

Thursday, 9:30 a.m., T213, "Latter-day Saints Family History Research"

Kip is a professor of family history at Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, Utah, where he teaches American and LDS genealogical research methods and sources. Born in Ohio, he holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from BYU, and previously worked at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. His national awards include Fellow, National Genealogical Society; Fellow, American Society of Genealogists; and Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association; among other awards and honors. He received the Richard Lloyd Anderson Research Award from BYU in 2003. Kip is author of A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources; Genealogical Research in Ohio; Reading Early American Handwriting; and other family history books, chapters, and journal articles, and is a former contributing editor of National Genealogical Society Quarterly. He has lectured at national, regional, and local family history conferences and seminars, including NGS annual conferences. He is a former NGS Council member for ten years and served as NGS National Conference Chair of four annual conferences for 1984 (San Francisco), 1985 (Salt Lake City), 1991 (Portland, Oregon), and 1995 (San Diego, California). He is a life member of NGS.

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