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Project Employees:


Jill Crandell, Director

Jill N. Crandell is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of History and the director of the Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University. She received her B.A. in family history and M.A. in history from BYU, and she is an Accredited Genealogist® professional in Midwestern U.S. research. Her areas of specialty are U.S. and LDS family history.

Hannah Ogden, Project Supervisor

Hannah is a senior at Brigham Young University majoring in Classical Civilization and minoring in Family History-Genealogy. She is from Highland, Utah, and loves delving into family history with her siblings and grandparents. After graduation, Hannah plans on pursuing accreditation and a Master of Library Science degree, with the goal of going into archival and curating work.

Heather Olsen, Assistant Supervisor

Heather became interested in family history as she worked to build her husband's family tree. In 2016, she started as a History major at UVU. In the summer of 2017, she transferred to BYU to major in Family History-Genealogy. Mainly working on her mother-in-law’s family tree, Heather found a love for Norwegian records. She is focusing her research in the Scandinavian countries and is learning Danish.

Ariel Mecham, Assistant Supervisor

Ariel is from West Jordan, Utah, and is a junior at Brigham Young University majoring in Family History-Genealogy. She has a passion for family history and is focusing on a specialty in French language research in the United States, Canada, and France. She is currently working on the Nauvoo Community Project and plans to become a professional researcher for private clients.

Jacqueline Davis, Assistant Supervisor

Jacqueline is a sophomore from Layton, Utah, majoring in Family History-Genealogy and minoring in Anthropology. She has been interested in family history since she was in high school. After she returned from her missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Indonesia, she decided to specialize in Indonesian research. She hopes to work in archives and preservation to provide more opportunities for people from around the world to discover their family roots.

Olivia Tolk, Assisant Supervisor

Liv is from Saint George, Utah. She is a Family History-Genealogy and Russian double major. She served a mission in Moscow, Russia, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She wants to specialize in Eastern European and Slavic genealogy. Liv loves life and can often be found outside hiking or biking.

Devrie Rozsa

Devrie was born in Anaheim, California, spent her early childhood in Gilbert, Arizona, and has since lived in Draper, Utah. She served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina Bahia Blanca and is now double majoring in Spanish and Elementary Education. She has had a growing passion for family history and genealogy ever since she first learned how to index in middle school.

Ashlyn Taylor

Ashlyn is from the small farm town of Stark, Kansas. She served a Spanish speaking mission in Vancouver, Washington, and is now studying at Brigham Young University. Ashlyn plans to major in Medical Laboratory Science and minor in Family History-Genealogy. Her interest in genealogical research began at a young age and has since grown. She is excited to be working on the Nauvoo Community Project.

Kristlynn Roth

Kristlynn Roth is majoring in Family History-Genealogy and minoring in Japanese. She is from Lehi, Utah. She lived in Japan for a year and a half and loves to learn about other cultures and peoples. Her research has included Germany, Scandinavia, and America. She hopes to be able to conduct Japanese American research in the future. Kristlynn plans to be a professional genealogist.

Kaitlin Torres

Kat is a Statistics major who is minoring in Family History-Genealogy at Brigham Young University. She became interested in family history while in high school. Kat is from San Antonio, Texas, and enjoys spending her free time working on her genealogy, playing with her dog, reading, and playing the piano.

Jensen Cordon

Jensen is from Mooresville, North Carolina, where hearing stories about his ancestors sparked an interest in family history. His major is now Family History-Genealogy at Brigham Young University and his minor is Spanish. Having served a religious mission in Mexico City and met his fiance there, he loves Spanish and his emphasis is in Latin American research. He hopes to work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Genealogy and Spanish.

Deborah Mocke

Deborah has spent most of her life in Zimbabwe and South Africa. She is passionate about family history research and is currently majoring in Family History-Genealogy at Brigham Young University. She is grateful for the opportunity to work on the Nauvoo Project and learn about the early Pioneers who made there way across the plains.

Hannah Taylor

Hannah is from Salem, Oregon, and has been interested in family history since participating in the 1940 FamilySearch indexing project. She served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ventura, California, returned home early for depression, and believes that openness, exercise, and especially family history has helped her heal. Hannah is a Family History-Genealogy major with an emphasis on Polish, Germanic, and Eastern European genealogy.

Dallin Ward

Dallin Ward is a sophomore at Brigham Young University majoring in Family History-Genealogy with an emphasis in Chinese genealogy. He is the oldest of seven children and was raised in Idaho where he grew up working in agriculture. His goal as a Family History-Genealogy major is to work with and help the Chinese people to know their ancestors and remember them.

Megan Albrecht

Megan Albrecht is from Gilbert, Arizona, and is a freshman at Brigham Young University. She is planning on majoring in Early Childhood Education and minoring in Family History-Genealogy. Megan became interested in family history several years ago and chose to pursue the minor after a trip to Nauvoo, where she saw how much more she wanted to learn about her ancestors. She is excited to be helping with the Nauvoo Project.

Evan Wolters

Evan Wolters is a Pre-Business Major from Claremore, Oklahoma. He is minoring in Family History-Genealogy. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Sierra Leone, Freetown mission. While serving, he was able to help many people find the names of their ancestors and learn more about them.

Addie Wray

Addie is from Sandy, Utah, and found a love of family history work through her employment as a performer at This Is The Place Heritage Park during the summer of 2019. Addie is currently an Acting major with a double minor in Family History-Genealogy and Music. Though it seems to be a crazy combination, Addie finds joy in both reenacting and researching her ancestors and predecessors.

Kaelyn Kelly

Kaelyn is a Family History-Genealogy major at Brigham Young University. She is from Oregon and has had an interest in genealogy since elementary school, fueled by her grandmother’s stories about growing up in Ireland. She served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Baltimore, Maryland. Kaelyn plans to be a professional genealogist and wants to specialize in British and American genealogy.

Jessica Larson

Jessica is majoring in Business Management with a minor in Family History-Genealogy at BYU. She has loved doing family history since she was 12 years old. On her mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she began working on Slavic family history in Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Serbia. She hopes to play a part in the expansion of Balkan genealogy in the coming years. She is excited for this opportunity to work on the Nauvoo Community Project.

Josie Peterson

Josie is a sophomore at Brigham Young University. She is currently studying political science but plans to switch to Family-History Genealogy, or double major. She is from Polson, Montana and has always had a love for writing and history. She hopes to someday pursue a writing career that involves historical and journalistic research. She hopes to help others see the importance of learning about our ancestors and to help them love history as much as she does.




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Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

Phone: (801) 422-1968
Email: BYUNauvooProject@gmail.com

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Family History Portal
Historic Nauvoo
Nauvoo: City Beautiful
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