Kimberly T. Powell

150 Crescent Hill Rd.
Oakdale, Pennsylvania 15071

Phone: 724-693-0347



  • 2010 Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. Prize, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Advanced Methodology Course
  • 2012 Utah Genealogical Association Silver Tray Award for genealogical publishing
  • 2016 Certificate of Appreciation from the Association of Professional Genealogists for service and dedication to the association.

  • Specialties:

  • Online research and search techniques
  • Land records, maps and platting
  • Southern research, especially North and South Carolina
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Research methodology
  • Burned counties

  • Lectures:


  • Have You Really Found Everything Available? Online Search Strategies
  • Finding Even MORE on
  • Online Newspaper Research: Expert Strategies
  • History is Not Boring! Research in Historical Books Online

  • Digging up Land Records Online
  • Digging Deeper into Deeds and Other Local Land Records
  • Land Records at the Pennsylvania State Archives
  • Land Platting Hands-On Workshop
  • Rural Research: Overcome Missing Records with Maps
  • How to Place Your Ancestor on the Map!
  • Using Land Records to Solve Genealogical Problems
  • Intro to DeedMapper (lecture or workshop)
  • DeedMapper: Advanced Topics & Strategies (lecture or workshop)

  • Dishing on the Neighbors: Research in Records of the Southern Claims Commission
  • Those Neighbors Might Be Ancestors! How to Reconstruct Your Ancestor’s Neighborhood
  • Reconstructing pre-1850 American Families
  • You Can Run But You Can't Hide: Tracking Allegheny City's Missing Alderman
  • Uncover Hidden Family Relationships in Estate Records
  • Mining Tax Records for Genealogical Gold
  • Where Did They Come From? Cluster Methods for Tracking Migration
  • Bits & Pieces: Piecing Together Families Despite a Lack of Records
  • Document Analysis: What Else Can the Records Tell Us?
  • Where Should I Go Next? How to Develop an Effective Research Plan
  • Widen the Net: Online “Fishing” Strategies for Finding Unexpected Information
  • Organize Your Research and Writing with Scrivener
  • Cool Beans! My Ancestor Was a Farmer
  • How to Find and Use Manuscript Collections
  • DNA Testing for Family Historians
  • Researching African American Ancestors
  • Researching Adoptees in the Family Tree

    Presentations can be provided at all levels: basic, intermediate and advanced. Additional topics also available (please contact me). I will also develop new lectures and/or workshops upon request.

  • Speaking Conditions:

  • Will supply laptop and projector, unless provided
  • Will supply camera-ready handouts
  • Will develop new lectures and/or workshops, upon request

  • Previous Engagements:

  • National Genealogical Society Family History Conference
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research
  • Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference
  • Detroit Society for Genealogical Research: Annual Family History Conference
  • Genealogical Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Fayette County Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
  • African-American Genealogical Society of Cleveland Fall Conference
  • Tarentum (PA) Genealogical Society Annual Conference

  • Bio:

    Kimberly T. Powell is a professional genealogist, author, editor, educator, and volunteer. She is past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and chairs its Professional Development Committee. She is a coordinator and instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, as well as an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

    For seventeen years, Kimberly was the genealogy expert for (, a how-to site geared primarily toward beginner and intermediate genealogists. She is the author of several books, including The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd edition (Adams Media, 2014). She has had articles published in BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, Family Tree Magazine, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

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