Meet Claire Brisson-Banks: Accredited for research in England and the U.S. Mountain West

clair-brisson-banksWhat motivated you to pursue accreditation?

I was a full time employee at the FHL and it was a requirement, however, I also wanted to do it for professional reasons of respect, additional education and knowledge and for my clients, and I wanted to give my clients the best possible research for their ancestors.

What are some challenging or unique aspects to researching in your area of accreditation?

The biggest challenge is not being physically in England at all and everything is done online, through email, mail, etc. There are archives in England that are not online at all and communication with them is done either by email and/or mail and one has to locate someone to go there or send funds for that organization to conduct research for you. It is getting easier and I’m grateful for all that is available through technology.

What advice do you have for those pursuing accreditation?

Don’t give up, if you fail the first time, try again, you can do it. Take advantage of the mentor program and do all you can to succeed.

What are some of your goals as a genealogist? I’d like to pursue the Forensics more at this time as I feel there is a big need in this area.
What research projects are you involved with now, or have planned for the future?

I’m currently researching in England and Scotland as well as Pennsylvania for one client and for another it is research in Ireland and then in the New York New Jersey area. There are others and they are scattered all over the world.

Do you have a website you would like to have mentioned?

My website is

When did you receive your accreditation?

My first accreditation was received in February 8, 2008, it was an amazing day.

Is there anything else you want to let us know about your genealogy experience or activities?

I currently am an online professor for BYU-Idaho and highly recommend any of their Family History classes as well as considering their certificate or Associates Degree courses. Attend conferences and take advantage of educational opportunities as much as possible to stay on top of our field.

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