Monday, October 19, 2009

Kip Sperry

Kip SperryThis is another in a series of encyclopedia-like articles.

The biography from Kip Sperry’s latest book begins:

Kip Sperry is a professor of family history in the Department of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University [BYU], Provo, Utah, where he teaches American and LDS genealogical research methods and sources. He is an Accredited Genealogist® [AG]; Certified GenealogistSM [CG]; Certified Genealogical LecturerSM [CGL]; Fellow, American Society of Genealogists [FASG]; Fellow, National Genealogical Society [FNGS]; and Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association [FUGA].1

That’s enough post-nominals for several cans of alphabet soup! Continuing Sperry’s biography from a BYU web site:

He is author of Abbreviations and Acronyms: A Guide for Family Historians; Genealogical Research in Ohio; A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources; Kirtland Ohio: A Guide to Family History and Historical Sources; Reading Early American Handwriting; other books, chapters, journal articles, and faculty advisor for two Internet tutorials: Personal Ancestral File (http://paftutorial.byu.edu) and United States Census (http://census.byu.edu).

He has lectured at national, regional, and state family history and genealogy conferences and seminars, including BYU Annual Computerized Genealogy Conferences, BYU Annual Genealogy and Family History Conferences, BYU Campus Education Weeks, BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Idaho, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Mormon History Association, National Genealogical Society, and Sidney B. Sperry Symposiums.

He received graduate and undergraduate degrees from BYU and was presented the 2003 Richard Lloyd Anderson Research Award from BYU Religious Education. Biographical sketches appear in Contemporary Authors, Directory of American Scholars, Who’s Who in Genealogy and Heraldry, Who's Who in the West, and other biographical sources. Born in Ohio, he and his wife, Anne, are the parents of one son, Daniel, a medical school student in Syracuse, New York.2

For more information about Sperry, visit www.kipsperry.com .


1. Kip Sperry, A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources (Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2007), 231; internet links added.

2. “Kip Sperry,” Religious Education Faculty (religion.byu.edu : Brigham Young University, accessed 17 October 2009); internet links added.

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