Paula is an internationally known popular lecturer, writer, and researcher who works full-time in genealogy. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Research held at the U.S. National Archives. She is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a firm believer in continuing education in genealogy. She is comfortable with her audiences and enjoys discussing genealogy with participants. Her seminar presentations have taken her to most states in the U.S. and to Canada. Since 1997 she has been a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's American Genealogy Records and Resources intermediate course.
She is a columnist for Ancestry Weekly Journal and has written articles for many genealogical publications including, NGS NewsMagazine, NGS Quarterly, NewEnglandAncestors.org, FGS Forum and Ancestry Magazine. She co-authored Your Guide to the Family History Library. Paula has been a national officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and an active volunteer for both NGS and FGS.
Her ancestors represent eight different countries. These ancestors, descendants, and the cousins resided in many Midwestern and Western states and in several Canadian provinces. She has also researched her children’s paternal southern ancestors. Her other specialties include the U.S. National Archives, other major repositories, American Indians, problem solving, railroads, and the WPA.