Elissa Scalise Powell

720 Highpoint Drive
Wexford 15090

Email: Elissa@PowellGenealogy.com
URL: www.PowellGenealogy.com


Association of Professional Genealogists 2017 Professional Achievement Award


Methodology, Pennsylvania, Professional Development, Society Management


Your Own Detective Story: The How & Why of Genealogy Beating the Bushes: Finding Jacob Bush’s Parents Using the GPS Twenty Years of Stuff: Now What Do I Do? Show Me the Carfax: The Purposes of Documentation Rubik’s Cube Genealogy: A New Twist on Your Old Data Sailing Into the Sunset: Tips for Finding Your Ancestors on Passenger Lists The Research Cycle: Don't Pedal Backwards Thinking Outside the Index: Internet Search Techniques Messages From the Grave: Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone Managing A Cemetery Reading Project Efficiently Patriot or not?: Using the Genealogical Proof Standard on a Closed DAR Line Men of Steel: Your Steel-working Ancestor Primer to Pennsylvania Records How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestor Get There?: Migration Trails Out of the Keystone State What’s a Prothonotary?: Pennsylvania Courthouse Records Moravian Trails and Records Finding Buried Treasure in the Published Pennsylvania Archives Hiding Behind Their Skirts: Finding Females in Records Baker’s Dozen Steps to Writing Research Reports: Write as You Go Don’t Fish in a Swimming Pool: Creating an Efficient Research Plan Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search The Board for Certification of Genealogists: What is it and How do I apply? Get Paid for Your Passion: Becoming a Professional Genealogist Bridging the Decades: Little-used Clues from the Census Your Personal Education Plan: Sifting through the Options Eating an Elephant: Organizing and Managing Large Projects More than a Program: Event Planning for Your Society Windows to the Past: Newspaper Research Workshop: From Research Question to Report

Previous Engagements:

National Genealogical Society Conference, 1997, 1999, 2005–7, 2010, 2012–15, 2017, 2018 Federation of Genealogical Societies, 1999, 2003–2005, 2007–2010, 2012–2015, 2017 Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR) 2005–2018 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2007–2013, 2017 Boston University, Certificate Program, 2009–2016 Association of Professional Genealogists, Professional Management Conference, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 New England Regional Genealogical Conference, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, 1999–2003, 2005–7, 2010, 2013, 2015-16 2018 Southern California Jamboree, 2016–2017 OGS June Workshop, 2002–2010, 2012 Green Valley Gen. Society, Tucson, AZ, 2009 Orlando [FL] County Library, 2017 Seattle Genealogical Society, 2010 Tacoma-Pierce County Gen. Society, 2017 Beaver County [PA] Genealogical Society, 2001-02, 2004–2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 DuPage Co. [IL] Genealogical Society, 2008, 2010 East Cuyahoga Genealogical Society, Cleveland, OH, 2005, 2007 Fairfax [VA] Genealogical Society, 2007-08 North Hills Genealogists [of Pittsburgh, PA], each year 1996 –2017 Westmoreland County [PA] Historical Society, 2003–2005, 2007, 2008 Williamson County Genealogical Society, Round Rock, Texas, 2011 Legacy Family Tree Webinars, 2014, 2016-2017


Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, is a Pennsylvania researcher and co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, an instructor for the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR), a SLIG instructor, and coordinator of the IGHR “Professional Genealogy” course. She was an instructor and creator of part of Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course. She won the 2017 Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Achievement Award.

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