Welcome to the UGA!

UGA Mission Statement

The Utah Genealogical Association provides genealogical information, sources and education through personal instruction and published media on state, national and international family history topics, while promoting high standards and ethical practices.

UGA Information

The Utah Genealogical Association was formally organized on September 25, 1971, and chartered on December 1, 1971, by the State of Utah as a nonprofit educational organization. The Association's interests are worldwide while still providing specific materials of interest relating to Utah. It is not affiliated with any religious or political organization.

The Association is governed by an Executive Committee comprised of the President, 1st Vice-President, and 2nd Vice-President plus a Board of Governors. Members of the Board are elected by the general membership of the Association and serve for a period of three years.

In addition, dozens of volunteers serve on various committees, staff booths at conferences, and work behind the scenes to assure the membership a vibrant, collegial, and enjoyable Association.

The Association publishes Crossroads, a quarterly journal of general interest in the field of genealogy and family history. The journal is sent to the general membership of the Association and is also available to the membership in an electronic edition on this website.

Association members can share information on specific surnames through our Surname Research page. We sponsor an annual meeting wherein outstanding service and accomplishments are recognized and awarded.

Also available to members is the opportunity to participate in a monthly "virtual chapter" meeting wherein experts in various aspects of genealogy and family history make hour-long presentations on their areas of expertise. These presentations are then archived for member review and access at any time.

UGA By-Laws

The latest revision of the Utah Genealogical Association ByLaws was approved on 13 April 2019, drafted by an ad-hoc Bylaws Committee made up of UGA Board members.

Operating Year: April 2023 - March 2024

Board of Directors
Director (2024): Tristan Tolman, AG
Director (2024): Maggie Richards
Director (2024): Tanner Blair Tolman, AG
Director (2024): Amy Ward
Director (2025): Elise Godfrey
Director (2025): Savannah Larson, AG
Director (2025): Rob Wallace
Director (2025): Maria Wittwer, CG
Director (2026): Angie Stewart
Director (2026): Alyssa Gamble
Director (2026): Bonnie J Andersen
Director (2026): Peggy Lauritzen, AG
Executive Committee
President: Tristan Tolman, AG
First Vice-President: Maria Wittwer, CG
Second Vice-President: Tanner Blair Tolman, AG
Administrative Assistant: Whitney Tolman
Executive Secretary: Claudia Sudweeks
Treasurer: Teresa L Brooks
Past President: Kelly Summers, AG
Webmaster: Rob Wallace
Director: Francine Crowley Griffis, CG
Assistant to the Director: Michelle Goodrum, CG
Administrative Support: Ms. Shannon Melinda Musfelt
Data Manager: Mary Kathryn Kozy
Communications Manager: Alice Childs, AG
Contracts: Tawnya Post
Scholarships: Jenny Rizzo Irwin, CG
Syllabus Coordinator: Melissa Dalley
Virtual Technical Coordinator: Randy Whited
Asst. Technical Coordinator: Eric Wells
Asst. Technical Coordinator: Karin Pasteur Coppernoll
Logistics: Kathleen Carter
Facebook Community Manager: Michelle Custer Bates
Social Media Manager: Carly Lane Morgan
Videographer: Cheri Passey
Wordsmith: Gary Ball-Kilbourne, CG
Registrar: Barbara A Bombaci, J.D.
Assistant Registrar: Debbie Wilson Smyth
UGA Administrative Assistant: Whitney Tolman
Chapter Support Committee
Chair: Angie Stewart
Conferences Committee
Chair: Julia A. Anderson, AG
Crossroads Publication
Editor: Kelly Richardson, AG, APR
Education Committee
Chair: Tristan Tolman, AG
First Families Committee
Co-Chair: Bonnie J Andersen
Co-Chair: Amy Ward
Membership Committee
Chair: Rob Wallace
Outreach Committee
Co-Chair: Savannah Larson, AG
Co-Chair: Maria Wittwer, CG
Technology Committee
Chair: Rob Wallace

Board of Directors Profiles

Bonnie Andersen

Bonnie Andersen My name is Bonnie Andersen. I live in Lehi, Utah. I am currently attending Salt Lake Community College and am in the last semester of the Genealogy International Track. I previously took classes in Genetic Genealogy and received my certificate in U.S. Research. As a single young woman, I attended Brigham Young University, 1979-1982.

At the age of thirty-six, I found my birth mother. The next year I found my birth father. From that point on I have dug into as many records about my biological family as my shovel can scrape up. I have written generational research reports about some of them and still have many to finish. There have been so many miracles connected to this research.

For the past four years, I have been focusing my research in the Upper Midwest area of the U.S and in Canada. I would feel comfortable researching in any of the states and in several European countries. I know a wee bit of French and Spanish, and have lived in Portugal and Saudi Arabia.

At Salt Lake Community College, I have received A’s in all of my courses. I have so enjoyed learning from some of the best teachers around.

I feel that through my studies and training I could be an asset to others. I feel that through the personal research I have done as well as helping others to do their own research, I can move through a report with skill.

I am eager to help the Utah Genealogical Association with anything that I am able to do.

Teresa L. Brooks

Volunteering as UGA's treasurer is an honor and a great way to use my 40 plus years of experience in finance, along with my 30 plus years in genealogy. I am just your average numbers nerd who loves connecting people to their people, more numbers but with names.


Alyssa Gamble

Alyssa Gamble graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho in December 2021. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies with two certificates in Family History Research. After graduation, she became an intern at the FamilySearch Library on the U.S. and Canada team. She currently works as a temporary Research Specialist on the same team. She is working on becoming an Accredited Genealogist in the Great Lake Region of the United States. Alyssa loves to serve others and help them discover their family. She also likes to create and present classes on genealogical topics. When she is not doing family history, Alyssa enjoys reading, crocheting, painting, photography, and playing musical instruments (she plays the piano, organ, flute, piccolo, saxophone, and ukulele).

Elise Godfrey

Elise Godfrey has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University. Her love for, continued education, and hands-on experience with family history and genealogy research has grown in her time spent working for Legacy Family History, Inc. (2014-present), where her primary focus has been New England and Dutch research. She has served as a UGA Board member as well as content creator for Crossroads for Kids since July 2020. She is currently serving as the Crossroads Committee Chair.

Peggy Lauritzen, AG

Peggy Lauritzen, AG Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, FOGS, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family’s history has never left her. With her experience serving as a former and current Family History Director, she frequently speaks at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. Some of those would include The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, and is a well-known webinar presenter. In 2018, she was awarded the title of Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and received the Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service in Genealogy. Peggy is an instructor at Ancestry Academy, Family Tree University, a columnist for Reminisce magazine, and a former researcher for Ancestry ProGenealogists.

Angie Holbrook Stewart

Angie Holbrook StewartAngie Holbrook Stewart's interest in genealogy began as a child on the family room floor leafing through the giant multi-generational ancestral books her great-grandparents assembled. Years later, a beloved grandmother handed her an accordion stack of files and asked for help researching her paternal line. This request resulted in over 21 years of genealogical research, a return to higher education, and a love of connecting families. In April 2021, she graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho in University Studies with a certificate and associate degree in Family History Research. Currently, she is in her second year at the University of Strathclyde working on a master’s degree in Genealogical, Paleographic & Heraldic Studies. She loves genetic genealogy and has taken several courses through her schooling and on her own to enhance her skills in this field.

Tanner Tolman, AG

Tanner Tolman, AG Tanner became an Accredited Genealogist in the Denmark region in 2018 and later than year was hired by FamilySearch as a Nordic Research Consultant. He is a 2017 graduate of the BYU Family History/Genealogy program. Tanner currently serves on the UGA Board and is the First Families Committee Chair.


Tristan Tolman, AG

Tristan Tolman, AG Tristan L. Tolman, AG is a professional genealogist, author, editor, and publisher. She has a bachelor's degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University and is accredited in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic States through ICAPGen. She is the owner of Legacy Family History, Inc., a professional genealogy research firm, and is the lead genealogist for the award-winning television series, Relative Race. She has written curriculum for the Family History degree programs at Brigham Young University and BYU-Idaho. Tristan currently serves as president of the Utah Genealogical Association. She loves working with clients and specializes in U.S. genealogical research, writing personal and family histories, and preparing genealogical information for publication.

Rob Wallace

Rob Wallace I started doing family history research back in high school, in the 1970’s. I worked on my family history off and on until the early 2000’s when I decide to make it a serious hobby. Since then, I have logged well over 3000 hours of research. I have studied family history extensively, reading, taking courses, and attending conferences. I have been and still am a member in several regional and national genealogical societies. I have served as a consultant in our community family history library and taught community family history classes (in California). I have extensive leadership experience professionally, in church, and in youth organizations. I am a retired engineer, living in Cedar Hills.

Amy Rose Ward

Amy Rose WardAmy Rose Ward has been involved in genealogy in different capacities for several years and always finds it a pleasure to help people discover more about their roots. In 2022 she graduated with her Masters in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Her dissertation allowed her to hone academic research, analysis, and writing skills, and she loved delving into the communities and people of Tremonton and Bear River City, Utah through her research topic. Currently she is working at the FamilySearch Library as a volunteer on the US/Canada floor. Her research areas of focus are Great Britain, as well as the Midwest and New England regions. She has over a decade of experience in non-profit work. In 2011 she started a community orchestra and strings education program and has served continuously as the president of that board. 

Maria Wittwer, CG

Maria Wittwer, CG Maria Wittwer, CG has been a genealogical researcher for twenty-five years. She enjoys learning about people from the past and identifying individuals and connecting families using historical records, social history, and DNA. Maria serves on the Board of the Utah Genealogical Association.