Valerie Elkins

How to Organise and Keep Track of Everything

Are you drowning under piles of papers, pictures and documents? Are you having trouble locating information when you need it? Can’t figure out what to do next or keep track of where you have been? Learn how to tame the clutter, have information at your fingertips and create a research path that is easy to follow and can be personally tailored to your time and skills. Develop your own family history research planner to keep track of everything and achieve success.


Valerie Elkins, a former International Research Consultant for the famed Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah is now the CEO of her own research company. Her engaging style, passion and genuine desire to share, make her a favorite and frequent speaker at genealogy conferences in America. Valerie first fell in love with genealogy at the tender age of ten, growing up in a family that moved like migratory birds. The slivers of stories that she heard drew her in and helped her feel connected and grounded. Valerie is passionate about finding ancestors, their stories and sharing them in meaningful ways.

Valerie has served on numerous genealogy boards and currently is a board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She is the co-founder of Family History Writers Retreats and is a geneablogger, where she writes about all things family history on her blog

Valerie has been named one of the “Top 40 Social Media Mavericks” in Family History and is frequently a social media ambassador for genealogy conferences in the US. Some of those family migratory birds in her family came from the UK and she is thrilled to speak at the inaugural event of THE Genealogy Show.