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Warren Bittner

Portrait of Warren Bittner CG
B.S., Brigham Young University
M.S., Utah State University


Coordinator: Course 7
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Warren Bittner, CG, is a genealogical researcher and lecturer, with thirty years of research experience. He holds a Master of Science degree in history from Utah State University, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business from Brigham Young University. His master's thesis looked at the social factors affecting illegitimacy in nineteenth-century Bavaria.

He is a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and owner of Ancestors Lost and Found, a small genealogical research firm specializing in German research. For six years he was the German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, where he coordinated contracts to microfilm and index records at 102 archives in seven countries and where he planned the German book acquisitions and internet publications. Before that he worked for four years in the extraction unit of the Family History Library, where he was coordinator of third-party indexing projects and where he developed and trained volunteers in Spanish indexing projects. He has also worked as a Reference Consultant at the Family History Library on both the U.S. and International reference counters. He has done research in more than fifty German archives and in more than forty U.S. archives and record repositories.

Warren Bittner is winner of the National Genealogical Society 2011 Writing Contest, with his article "Without Land, Occupation, Rights, or Marriage Privilege: The BŁttner Family from Bavaria to New York." In August 2012 he delivered the Church Knudsen Memorial Lecture at the Federation of Genealogical Society Annual Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. In May 2013 he will give the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Lecture at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2012, Mr. Bittner has spoken at the National Genealogical Society Convention, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, the Utah Genealogical Association Conference, the Palatines to America Annual Convention, and the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy. He also delivered the keynote addresses this year at the Palatines to America National Convention, the Mid-Atlantic German Society Spring Meeting, the Sacramento German Genealogy Society Spring Seminar, and the Houston Genealogical Forum.

In 2010 he was assistant director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and he is a former member of the board of directors for Utah Genealogical Association. He is married to Nancy Ruth Christensen and is the father of three children.


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