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Debbie Gurtler

Deborah Gurtler, BA, AG
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 40 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.

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Education[edit | edit source]

  • Brigham Young University, B.A. Family History (2009)
  • Accredited genealogist for the U. S. Mid-south region, Spain, Mexico and Portugal.

Experience[edit | edit source]

  • 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 as a case manager at Ancestry ProGenealogists
  • Volunteer at Family History Centers in New Mexico and Chile
  • Chairman of the Orem Multi-Stake Family History Fair, 2011
  • Organizing committee for Conferencia Iberoamericana de Genealogía 2013
  • Archives trip to Lisbon October 2019 (National archive, military archive, naval archive)
  • SLIG 2020 Advanced Hispanic Research Course coordinator with Dr. George Ryskamp, JD AG

Conferences Attended[edit | edit source]

  • FGS 2014, 2015, 2020
  • NGS 2010, 2011, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • RootsTech 2010-2021
  • RootsTech London 2019
  • BYU Family History and Genealogy Conference (Multiple years)
  • Genealogical Society of Hispanic America 2017 National Conference (Keynote speaker)
  • SLIG 2018 Portuguese Research Course
  • SLIG 2017, 2020 Guest lecturer in John Philip Colletta's Immigration Course
  • SLIG 2020 Advanced Hispanic Research Co-course coordinator

Classes Taught[edit | edit source]

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Research Interests[edit | edit source]

  • Hispanic Genealogy
  • Spanish Notarial Records
  • Southern U. S. especially tax lists, probate and deeds
  • Portuguese Research
  • Research in Latin America
  • French Research, including Quebec
  • DNA research to solve brick walls

Languages[edit | edit source]

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

Online Activity[edit | edit source]