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Elissa Scalise Powell

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Lecturer: Course 4, Evening Session


Elissa, a western Pennsylvania researcher for over 25 years, is the Professional Genealogy Course Coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). She is the Board for Certification of Genealogists President 2012-2013 and has been a Trustee for the BCG for over six years during which time she served as the BCG Booth Coordinator and Outreach Committee Chairperson. She is an instructor for Boston University's Genealogical Research Certificate online and on-campus programs and co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She is a lecturer at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). As a regional and national speaker she lectures on such topics as Pennsylvania records, methodology, professional development, and society management.

Elissa is a past-President of the North Hills Genealogists [of Pittsburgh] and of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. She was a Director for the Association of Professional Genealogists for six years; co-edited a cemetery book series and appeared on the PBS-TV show "Ancestors 2" in the cemetery episode. She taught beginning genealogy courses for the community college for fourteen years.

She was honored in May 2010 with the NGS President's Citation in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy.

She is a contributing author to many publications such as the APG Quarterly and the NGS Magazine. You can see her in a video presentation on the BCG website and a video lecture from the 2009 and 2010 Professional Management Conferences on the APGen.org website (PMC webcast) as well as video lectures on FamilySearch.org.


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