“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, and to know who we are and where we came from.”
– Alex Haley

Expert Genealogists – About Us

Stan Lindaas, Professional Genealogist

Stan’s particular strength lies in Twentieth Century records, as he is a much sought-after probate researcher, locating heirs to estates. He is experienced in adoption cases and missing persons, and has a broad range of general family history research experience, with over 38 years in the business. He frequently gives entertaining and enlightening lectures to genealogical societies visiting the Family History Library. Former editor of the Utah Genealogical Society Journal, past president of the local chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and board member of ProQuest.

Raquel Lindaas, B. A., Accredited Genealogist®

Raquel earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History, and became accredited in Southern States research in 1998. She contracted with other genealogical research companies, until becoming co-owner of Heritage Consulting with her husband Stan. Raquel has research experience in various parts of the U. S., but enjoys the challenge of the South. Member, Association of Professional Genealogists.

James J. Cappo, Professional Genealogist

Jim specializes in Italian research. His own Cappo family is part of the Coppola ‘famiglia’, and researching them garnered Jim plenty of experience. His many years of research experience has rendered him familiar with the language, geography, and record organization in Italy. We are fortunate to have his skills on our staff.

Luana Darby, B. A. (Family History), MLIS, Professional Genealogist

Luana’s versatility allows her to perform general U. S. genealogical research, then follow the ancestors into Germany or Poland. She is fluent in German and capable in Polish, as well as very familiar with the record keeping structures in those countries. She brings her entertaining lecture skills to Heritage Consulting. Researching and preparing applications for lineage society acceptance are among her specialties, as well as Civil War records, Colonial records, and much more.

Ben Fischli, Professional Genealogist

Of Swiss nationality, Ben has also lived in Germany, Great Britain, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. With eight years of experience in genealogical research at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, he has also researched on site in most of those countries. Languages include German, Spanish, Portuguese, English and Italian, and he also reads and translates ancient German script. He is familiar with the genealogical records of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Eastern European regions, Spain and Portugal and Latin America.

Renee Furgeson, B. A., Professional Genealogist

Renee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History with emphasis on Family History, and is currently pursuing her Certified Genealogist credential in British Isles research. She fulfilled an internship at the Public Record Office and Family Records Centre in London. She is currently specializing in Eighteenth Century American Colonial research, and tracing ancestors to their Northern England/Scotland roots. Member, Association of Professional Genealogists.

Deborah Gurtler, B. A., Accredited Genealogist®

Debbie has over 30 years of research experience. She is fluent in Spanish, with considerable experience researching in any Spanish speaking country, including Mexico, Central and South America, as well as Spain. She is also skilled in the languages and records of Portugal and Italy. Debbie is experienced in African-American research as well. Member, Association of Professional Genealogists.

Tone Halverson, Professional Genealogist

Tone Halverson is a Native of Norway, and completed all of her education in the cities of Oslo and Bergen. She still considers Norway home, and has parents and siblings still residing in her home town. In addition to Norwegian, she speaks Swedish, Danish, Spanish and German. She has been interested in genealogy and heritage since early teens, and has actively pursued it as a career for the last decade. She currently works for three genealogy companies, and has no problem staying busy. In addition to doing professional genealogy she has volunteered in the Salt Lake City Family History Library as a consultant at the Scandinavian Reference counter, been the director of a local family history center, and taught Scandinavian research classes in the community.

Suzann Margaret Kirk, Professional Genealogist

Sue Kirk specializes in Australian and Canadian research (English and French), but also has had several years of experience researching in most of the United States, as well as in LDS research. She was born and raised in Australia, but lived in Canada for 30 years before immigrating to the United States. She was a volunteer at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City from 2000 to 2012, helping patrons with their family history research. She taught classes to missionaries at the FHL on US immigration, Canadian census, and Canadian vital records research. During her 12 years as a volunteer at the FHL, she participated in weekly classes, which covered all aspects of US and Canadian research. These classes were taught by the professional reference consultants employed at the Library. Sue has done professional family history research from 2002 to the present time.

Willis F. Mabey, Professional Genealogist

Willis is a versatile researcher who can navigate records of all regions of the United States, as well as Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and other European countries.  He is a seasoned professional with many years of experience with lineage society membership applications, immigration and naturalization records, and he enjoys the challenge of difficult genealogical problems.

Dwight Radford, Professional Genealogist

One of the most difficult areas to research is Ireland, yet so many people have Irish ancestry. Dwight Radford has specialized in Irish research for many years, and knows all the obscure types of records that can compensate for lost censuses and parish registers. If anyone can solve a tough Irish problem, Mr. Radford can.

Vicki Standing, Accredited Genealogist®

Vicki Standing has a degree in Family History and a Masters Degree in Library Science.  She worked for 15 years as a reference consultant in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and spent four years working on VIP research projects for the library.  She is accredited in the Midwest States, but has significant research experience across the United States. She also excels in Native American and African American family history. Member, Association of Professional Genealogists.


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