Diana Elder, AG, and Nicole Dyer, mother-daughter professional genealogists, are the co-authors of Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and hosts of the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast. Robin Wirthlin is the genetic genealogist at Family Locket. They co-authored Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist’s Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence. Read more about them and their team of researchers below. Contact us here.
Diana Elder, AG
Hi, I’m Diana. I’m an Accredited GenealogistⓇ professional, author, and speaker. I have eighteen years of research experience and hold a credential for genealogy research through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). My area of expertise is the United States Gulf South Region which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
I graduated from Brigham Young University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. A lifelong learner and educator I combine my passion for teaching and genealogy in numerous ways. I wrote the bestselling book, Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide to help genealogists of all experience. Knowing that we learn best by doing, I created the “Research Like a Pro” study group and e-Course to help researchers put the RLP process into practice.
I write regular research tips for FamilyLocket and host the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast with Nicole.
As the presentation specialist for ICAPGen, I work with a team of AG’s to educate genealogists interested in the accreditation process. I speak regularly at conferences about Accreditation and have recorded several videos for the ICAPGen YouTube channel.
I am a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Utah Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists. I specialize in U.S. and DNA research as well as genealogy consulting & coaching. My proximity to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City gives me access to their fabulous record collections. I like nothing more than to help my clients solve their family history mysteries!
Hello, my name is Nicole Dyer and I am a professional genealogist specializing in Southern United States research. I host the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast with Diana, and am a co-author of Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and Research Like a Pro with DNA. I enjoy working as an instructor for the Research Like a Pro study group and online course as well as the Research Like a Pro with DNA Study group. I speak at local and national genealogical conferences as well as genealogical institutes.
I created Family Locket in 2015 when I was volunteering as a family history consultant in my local area. I began teaching a community family history class each week and realized that I love helping people becoming better researchers. I am a member of the Pima County Genealogy Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogy Society, and Georgia Genealogical Society. My research experience includes North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Texas, and England.
I studied History Teaching at Brigham Young University and am a former middle school history teacher. I am privileged to consult with local middle school classes occasionally during units about family history. In 2017-2018 I volunteered at the Tucson Family History Center teaching family history storytime for preschoolers. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I have completed the following genealogical study programs: Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group, the Certification Discussion Group, the ProGen Study Group, and the following courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG): Intermediate Foundations, Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, Advanced Methods, All DNA Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, and Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence – Research Strategies. I have also completed the following course at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR): DNA as Genealogical Evidence (Advanced). I participate in an ongoing NGSQ study group.
Robin Wirthlin is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA. Her background in genetic research, B.S. in Molecular Biology from BYU, and Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, helps her solve complex genetic genealogy research problems.
Robin loves using genetic genealogy to solve family history mysteries and break through “brick walls.” Her first solved case involving adoption and identification of birth parents was in 2015, and she has gone on to solve many others, including identifying the parents of previously unknown members of her own family.
Robin teaches genealogy classes on local and county levels, and, most recently Healing and Family History- the Emotional Side of DNA, at Rootstech 2020. She attended I4GG Genetic Genealogy conferences: 2014; 2016; 2017, and NGS 2018. She completed studies at: Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) – Chromosome Mapping in June 2018, Forensic Genealogy in July 2018, and Advanced Genetic Genealogy in July/August 2018; SLIG – Advanced Genealogical Methods, January 2019; SLIG Academy for Professionals – DNA and the 21st Century Professional, January 2019, and Project Management Essentials in Genealogy Research, January 2020.
Robin blogs about streamlined ways of using DNA in family history research and helped develop the Research Like a Pro with DNA method.
Family Locket Researchers
Jessica Taylor Morgan is an Accredited Genealogist® (ICAPGen) who loves helping people discover their past. She worked as a professional genealogist at Ancestry for nine years, helping both clients and Ancestry’s Public Relations team. She provided genealogy research for shows such as “Who Do You Think You Are?”, “Long Lost Family,” and “A New Leaf,” as well as the award-winning Sundance film “Railroad Ties.” A graduate in Medieval History, she specializes in U.K., Irish, Scottish, U.S., and immigration research. She is also a professional writer and loves creating stories that help people engage and explore their family tree.
Melody Daisson is an Accredited Genealogist® specializing in the Southeast Region of the United States. She specializes in Southern Research and specializes in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Melody graduated from Brigham Young University in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Family History and Genealogy. Melody studied German, Latter-Day Saint, Midwest, and Southern genealogy. Melody has 21 years of genealogical research experience. In addition to client research, Melody has written curriculum for FamilySearch, Brigham Young University-Idaho, and for the ICAPGen Study Group. She taught evidence analysis and United States research methodology courses at Brigham Young University. Melody is passionate about education. She co-developed the ICAPGen Study Group and served as the study group applicant specialist, mentor lead, and administrator. She was a student in Research Like A Pro and Research Like A Pro DNA and mentored both study groups. Melody participated in the study group GenProof. Melody is the co-founder and co-group lead for the Special Interest Group, Conversations about Genetic Genealogy Today. Melody has attended several Institutes focusing on land research, Southern genealogy methodology, writing, solving tough genealogical problems, and DNA. Melody is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, and Georgia Genealogical Society.
Heidi Mathis is a graduate of the Research Like a Pro with DNA and Research Like a Pro study groups. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, with a minor in English Literature from California Polytechnic State University. Her areas of genealogical research are German, Irish, Dutch, and Swiss Americans mostly in the Midwest states and in those countries of origin. She loves using genealogical research as an excuse to read as much history as possible.
Allison Kotter is a professional genealogist pursuing accreditation through ICAPGen in the Southeast United States. Her professional genealogy skills and processes have been honed through a variety of genealogical education including the Research Like a Pro Study Group, Research Like a Pro with DNA Study Group, the ICAPGen Level 1 Study Group, the Becoming An Accredited Genealogist Professional SLIG course, multiple Family History courses as BYU, and work as an heir investigator for Lauth Investigations. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in psychology with a minor in statistics. She loves using the research skills she learned in college to solve family mysteries. When she is not doing genealogy, she is focused on spending as much time with her two little girls as possible.