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Marissa J. Gardner, AG®

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Biography:
Marissa Gardner lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, Nate. She works as a freelance genealogy researcher and her husband teaches sixth grade at the local elementary school. Marissa has been passionate about family history since an early age. As a small child, she spent hours trying to memorize details from her 4-generation pedigree chart and loved to hear stories about the 'good old days' from elderly family members. At the age of 15, she began going to the local Family History Center to help her mom do family research.
In college, Marissa studied music and math before finally settling on family history. Her professors told her that she was a natural and she quickly developed skills in researching in a variety of record types and in several different regions of the world. Since her graduation in 2005, Marissa has worked for companies such as Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, ProGenealogists, Inc., and Venio, LLC.
Marissa earned her accreditation in Germanic research in 2011, which allows her to testify in kinship hearings as an expert witness. She has also started lecturing at genealogy conferences (see Upcoming Lectures on her website for her speaking schedule). Marissa's primary focus as a genealogist is conducting client research because she loves to be personally involved in helping individuals and families connect with their roots and get to know their ancestors.
RESEARCH INTERESTS * Eastern European Ancestry * Russian ethnic or religious minorities * Germany and German-speaking countries * France * Immigration * Canada (including French Canada) * 19th & 20th Century United States Research

Professional Credentials:
AG®

Academic Degrees:
Bachelor of Arts (Family History & Genealogy) ; Associate of Arts (Humanities/Music)

Research Specialty:
African American ; Emigration & Immigration ; Jewish ; Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) ; Heir Searcher ; Paleography (ancient/historical handwriting) ; German American

Time Period Specialty:
18th Century ; 19th Century ; 20th Century

Geographic Specialty:
New England ; Mid-Atlantic ; Midwest ; West ; Chicago ; New York City ; Austria-Hungary ; Germany ; Russia ; Scotland ; Eastern Europe ; Canada - All

Service Categories:
Technology ; Editor ; Instructor ; Photography ; Author/Writer ; Oral History/Interview

Languages:
German, Russian, Latin

Accepts Clients:
Yes

City:
Salt Lake City
State:
UT
Postal Code:
84110
County:
Salt Lake
Email:
Web Site:
sites.google.com/site/russiangenealogy/


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