Robert M. Wilbanks IV

7625 East Camelback Road Unit 111A
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

Phone: 480-990-7914


Contact between 04:00pm to 09:00pm US Mountain


  • United States Military Records
  • U.S. Civil War History & Genealogy
  • Southeastern United States
  • Colonial Virginia
  • General United States Records & Research
  • British Isles: England, Scotland & Ireland

  • Lectures:

  • United States Military Records: A General Overview
  • U.S. Civil War History & Genealogy Research
  • Researching the Passed: Death Records & Cemeteries
  • Understanding Research Facilities: Genealogy Research Anywhere
  • Faith of Our Fathers: Church Resources in Genealogy
  • Lesser Known Genealogical Resources: Great New Potential
  • Genealogy in Chaos: Getting & Staying Organized
  • The Constitution of the United States of America: A Historical Overview

  • Speaking Conditions:

  • Supplies PowerPoint presentations on personal laptop computer
  • Provides master copies of handouts
  • Requires projector, screen / blank white wall, table
  • Internet access is desired, but not required
  • Require audio for large audience / room; lavaliere microphone preferred
  • No home housing

  • Previous Engagements:

  • Black Family Genealogy & History Society, Phoenix, Arizona, November 2014
  • Viewpoint Genealogy Club, Mesa, Arizona, January 2015
  • 2015 Pinal County Genealogists Annual Workshop, Casa Grande, Arizona, January 2015
  • Viewpoint Genealogy Club, Mesa, Arizona, February 2015
  • Saddlebrooke Genealogy Club, Tucson, Arizona, May 2015
  • 2015 Mesa Az FamilySearch Library Annual Family History Conference, Tempe, Arizona, October 2015
  • Green Valley Genealogical Society, Green Valley, Arizona, January 2016
  • 2016 Pinal County Genealogists Annual Workshop, Casa Grande, Arizona, January 2016
  • Trilogy at Power Ranch Genealogy Club, Gilbert, Arizona, February 2016
  • 2016 Red Mountain Institute Family History Conference, Mesa, Arizona, February 2016
  • Viewpoint Genealogy Club, Mesa, Arizona, February 2016
  • Irish Cultural Center, Phoenix, Arizona, February-March 2016
  • 2016 Peoria Stake Center Family History Conference, Peoria, Arizona, March 2016
  • Glendale Chapter, Family History Society of Arizona, Glendale, Arizona, April 2016
  • Barry M. Goldwater Chapter, Az Society Sons of the American Revolution, Phoenix, Arizona, September 2016
  • Paradise Valley Chapter, Family History Society of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona, September 2016
  • Arizona GenBuds, Sun Lakes, Arizona, October 2016
  • 2016 Mesa Az FamilySearch Library Annual Family History Conference, Tempe, Arizona, October 2016

  • Bio:

    Robert Martin Wilbanks IV is a long time genealogist who discovered genealogy at the age of 12 with the advent of the television mini-series Roots in January 1977. Having been interested in history since the 4th grade, with Roots he discovered the possibility of how he could personally connect to the “Great American Experience” through his ancestors. He instantly became a fervent genealogist and considers Alex Haley the most influential person in his life.

    With much library research experience before entering college, working in libraries was a natural direction for him. He earned a library para-professional degree, as well as a B.A. in History. Since 1982 he has experience working in Community College libraries, city libraries, a law library, business library and currently works in a medical school library. Robert began his genealogy profession in 1988 as editor and publisher of two family newsletters, followed by authoring several books, and then became editor of a genealogy society newsletter, and a quarterly. In the late 1990s he wrote a genealogy column for the Desert Shamrock Phoenix Irish bi-monthly publication.

    Robert gave his first genealogy presentation in 1989 speaking continuously ever since. Throughout the 90s he was involved in local genealogy societies and attended many local seminars and National conferences. He helped start the East Valley, Tempe and Scottsdale Chapters of the Family History Society of Arizona, holding the office of President for the latter for two years. He also chartered two local camps of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, holding the office of Commander for 5 years. He attended the annual one week program at the Institute of Genealogy and History at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama from 1989 to 1991, learning sophisticated genealogical research and analysis; techniques he strongly encourages and practices today.

    Now a professional genealogist for over 26 years he founded Ancestral Pride: Professional Genealogy Services in 2009 and continues speaking, researching, writing, and has developed several websites. He previously taught an 8 week beginning genealogy course for the City of Phoenix, and currently teaches a 6 week beginning Irish-American genealogy course for the Phoenix Irish Cultural Center McClelland Library. Currently, Robert is President of the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists, and he is Chief Genealogist & Historian for The Caledonian Society of Arizona.


  • The Family History Society of Arizona
  • National Genealogical Society
  • The Genealogical Speakers' Guild
  • The Association of Professional Genealogists
  • The Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists
  • The Virginia Genealogical Society
  • The Laurens District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society
  • The Anderson County Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society
  • The Old Pendleton District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society
  • The Laurens County Museum Association, Laurens, South Carolina
  • Sons of the American Revolution
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans
  • The Kay Family Association
  • The Paisley and Allied Families Society
  • The Caledonian Society of Arizona
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