Carolynn is a Wife & Mother to 5 littles. Her family is her favorite! She lives in Spanish Fork, Utah & loves it there.
She is founder & co-owner of Branches, a business devoted to celebrating family past & present.
She is a family history addict & loves sharing this passion with anyone & everyone! She also enjoys swimming, biking, painting, calligraphy & picking up any & all creative hobbies.
Kayla is a wife, mother of 3, professional educator, and family history hobbyist from Utah.
As a former elementary school teacher, she is passionate about finding fun and fresh ways to educate children. She loves studying the gospel of Jesus Christ and believes that the seeds of faith take the deepest root when planted in the tender hearts of children. Her love for family history started in college and her experiences with it have given her much strength and purpose in life. Kayla is excited to combine her family history talents and love for teaching children to create opportunities for the whole family to explore their ancestors TOGETHER.
She loves a good book, having fun with her family, windy fall days, laughing at her own jokes, and singing at the top of her lungs when she thinks no one is around.
Dani is a wife, mother to four kids, storyteller and avid reader. She grew up in Taylorsville, Utah.
Dani started @roots2blossoms to share her love of family history and help others in their journey to learn that no matter where we are planted, we can learn from the past, grow and blossom.
Dani spends her free time with her husband and kids. She loves biking, reading, traveling, and creating.
Sarah is a wife, mom, graphic designer, story lover and family history nerd from Gilbert, Arizona.
She’s the founder of @thekindredpress and is passionate about helping others and creating connections with their ancestors and feel the significance of their own stories.
In her free time you can find her playing with her cute kids, enjoying nature, reading or baking and eating pie.
Michelle Franzoni Thorley
¡Hola todos! My name is Michelle. I am named after my father Miguel. I am a first generation Mexican American on my father side and a tenth generation American on my mother side. These two perspectives have taught me so much about love and inclusion. I have not always loved family history, it actually has been a very difficult topic for most of my life. In the past 4 years, my life has changed for the better because of my efforts to connect to my ancestors. One of the great purposes of life on earth, is to connect and turn our hearts to our ancestors. Some of the ways I connect to my departed family, is through art, clothing, jewelry and history. I believe we all can find ways to turn our hearts towards our ancestors and gain the strength and resiliency that comes from knowing our history.
Heather and her husband, Adam, live in Syracuse, Utah and have 5 children ranging from 19 down to 7. She is a videographer and photographer, loves the power of story, and loves to be creative. She will soon be teaching online “Tell Your Story” Video Basics Courses to help people learn to document their own lives through video and find joy in the creative process. She holds a special place in her heart for family history and has a desire to help inspire others to connect with their families.
Annie is a Wife, Momma to 3 and Photographer from South Jordan, Utah
She is a certified Yoga Instructor with a deep love for learning and sharing about how to level up your life, get on a higher frequency and open your heart. She loves exploring her family stories to see what spiritual and phycological patterns have been passed down through her family lines, to better understand and improve herself daily. When she’s not deep in meditation or being her children personal uber, she loves to sing at the top of her lungs in the shower, look for rainbows, and eat Nutella by the spoonful.
Shelly’s story is pretty ordinary. She grew up in small town Missouri and went to college in Utah where she met her husband. She is married to the coolest Filipino and they have 4 adorable kids. As her husband puts it, he and she are your classic jungle-boy-meets-country-girl romance. 🙂
Shelly loves the process of discovering God in everything. She also loves personal growth, record keeping, teaching her children, and watching the sun rise and set.
She loves to connect to the past and present, as well as to record her life, with the future in mind.
Shelly definitely views herself as a work in progress and she’s just trying to be the best version of herself that she can be. She fails a lot. But she gets back up and tries again.
Camille is the mom to 2 rugged and handsome little boys with a cute little princess. She lives in Idaho with her baseball loving husband. They love traveling all over together collecting magnets and memories.
The Mommy Genealogist was started when Camille realized how different (not impossible) it is to do family history with little ones around. She wanted other moms or busy women to realize the blessings that come from knowing your ancestors and teaching others about them .
Camille works part time as the operational manager for a local realtor. She loves to read, be outdoors and hang out with her family; if it’s all three at the same time that’s even better.
Megan is a wife and mother of 7 living in southern Alberta, Canada. She is currently working on her Family History Research degree from BYU-I online, and is hoping to become a professional genealogist upon completion. She is passionate about sharing what she is learning with other moms and women who feel overwhelmed at the thought of doing family history. When she can squeeze it in, she enjoys exercising, listening to podcasts/audiobooks, playing soccer, and dreaming up home improvement ideas.
Taralyn Parker is a BYU-Idaho journalism graduate turned family history addict who runs the blog Keep Moving Forward With Me. She and her husband John have four children, ages 11, 9, 7, and 2.
She is a social media manager, story teller, and educator who believes everyone has a story to tell and a connection to make! Taralyn loves teaching family history classes at the Spanish Fork Family History Library and throughout Utah.
Whether she is unraveling a family history mystery, being a Rootstech ambassador, or traveling to ancestors’ hometowns, Taralyn is passionate about sharing history with anyone who will listen in new and fun ways.
Jessie is a wife & mom to five. She’s a Utah girl having a new adventure with her family in Dallas, Texas!
She’s 1/16 Lebanese & has been proud of that fact since she was a little girl. She has a passion for family history & loves her ancestors. She has online courses devoted to getting others pumped up about their own ancestors & a podcast where she interviews women about the different ways they fit family history into their lives.
In her spare time she can be found decorating her mid-century modern home, listening to good books & spending time in the great outdoors.