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Meet Lynn Turner, AG®, accredited for research in Spain

Lynn C. Turner, AG
Lynn C. Turner, AG

This month we would like to introduce you to Lynn C. Turner, AG,  who specializes in the records of Spain.  Lynn graduated with a BA in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in Spain and Latin America. He works for FamilySearch International as a Collection Management Record Specialist, defining FamilySearch Indexing projects, online browse collections, and prioritizing the acquisition of new record collections for Hispanic countries.

Lynn received his accreditation in 2006 and recently renewed it through 2021.

Motivation for accreditation

When I went into the field of genealogy I wanted to find a niche that I felt I could fill. When I accredited in 2006 I was the second person ever to accredit in Spanish research. Ten years later we have grown, but we are still small in number. Additionally, I felt that ICAPGen maintained a standard of excellence in the field of genealogy. I wanted to accredit to help me achieve that standard in my career.

Challenging or unique aspects to researching in the records of Spain

I think the most challenging aspect of researching in Spain is records access outside of the country. FamilySearch has not microfilmed and/or digitized very many records from Spain, which can make things challenging. Researching in this country is an awesome experience, just a bit cost prohibitive. One of the unique aspects in researching in Spain is variety of cultures and languages. Most records are in Spanish, but understanding inheritance laws and cultural nuances from region to region can make researching in Spain quite interesting.

Advice for those pursuing accreditation

Just do it – it can seem like an overwhelming process, but it is very rewarding. Once you have accredited make sure you uphold the ethics and standards, we want everyone to accredit that wants to, but we also want people that will uphold our values of genealogical research.

His goals as a genealogist

One goal for me is to grow the genealogy market. The larger the market the more opportunities there will be for professional genealogists. I am motivated by using technology to advance the field of genealogy. Making records available online to facilitate the discovery of people’s ancestors is a passion I have. I am lucky to be able to do that with FamilySearch.

Research projects he is involved with now, or has planned for the future

Outside my work at FamilySearch I do private research for clients whose ancestors are from Spain and/or Latin America. My favorite project is for a client where I have to be creative since all the core records have been destroyed. Whether it’s overcoming record destruction or other brick walls – I love challenging research problems that are difficult to solve.

Spotlight on Richard W. Price, AG®

Richard PriceMeet Richard W. Price, AG, accredited for research in the records of England.

Accreditation

Richard’s goal for accreditation came after working as a professional genealogist for a time, and realizing that a credential would allow him to join the ranks of other Accredited Genealogist® professionals he respected very much. After receiving his AG credential he continued on to earn an MA in Family and Community History from Brigham Young University, which he felt gave him more knowledge and credibility.

Challenging and Unique Aspects of English Genealogy

Early on, research in the records of England required onsite visits to English repositories to gain access to many of these records. Richard made about ten research trips to England, spending six to eight weeks at a time there. He visited countless archives and many churches. Richard learned to search Manorial records and other early records which were in Latin and old English hand, and often difficult to read.  He says that locating and gaining access to Manorial records used to be more difficult than it is now, and that some are even on microfilm at the Salt Lake Family History Library.

Advice to Others Pursuing Accreditation

For others who are pursing accreditation, Richard advises them to try to get employment with a genealogical firm or work with a professional genealogist while attending school, or during the summer or after graduation. This can help an aspiring professional learn to think analytically, write reports, and organize the research process.  He says, “Take as many genealogical classes as you can to gain adequate training. There are several schools in Utah, as well as on-line classes.  The BYU-Idaho online program is excellent.”

Goals

Richard’s goals as a genealogist are to base conclusions of family linkage on solid primary sources where possible, or analysis of secondary sources that give support to needed conclusions. He plans to continue finding clients by referral, advertising, marketing, internet exposure, and speaking at conferences and workshops or firesides, and loves finding new people who can use his services.

With a goal to keep clients happy by meeting their needs, Richard strives to always provide them with something new, whether that is identifying new ancestors, helping LDS clients with their unique goals, or finding new information not previously known in difficult research problems.

Current and Future Research Projects 

Richard has many research projects he is involved in. He lectures every year at conferences, giving new thought to new subjects. He is interested in ancestors and descendants of Rev. John Lothropp/Lathrop. He has plans to publish research results for several families.

Websites

Richard’s websites are www.pricegen.com  and Immigrant Servants database. They have indexed all immigrant servant records they could gain access to, mostly from the British Isles to North America.

Price & Associates, Inc.

Richard Price has an office in downtown Salt Lake City. His company, Price & Associates, Inc. hires many professional genealogists.  They prefer Accredited Genealogist researchers but also appreciate Certified Genealogists and others with degrees or many years’ experience.   They are always looking for good researchers to assist in solving ancestral dilemmas. They are seeking researchers who have good analytical skills, can determine correct ancestral lines through the use of original research, and are adept at genealogical report-writing.

Richard has been a full-time professional genealogist since 1976, and received his AG credential in 1979. His company does research in North and Central America and in most European and Asian countries, South Africa, etc. They send researchers to the British Isles and to Germany every year, and often have projects in  Italy, Lithuania, Croatia and other European countries.