Valerie Elkins

Top Mistakes that New Genealogists Make and How to Avoid Them

“Smart people learn from their mistakes. Geniuses learn from others.” Everyone getting started in genealogy research makes plenty of mistakes. Want to learn what every successful genealogist wish they knew when they got started? Learn the top most common research mistakes and how you can avoid them. Discover how to be more effective, learn smart research habits, and avoid wasting time and save money. Don’t let the fear of making a mistake hinder you from finding your family. With these simple research habits, you will you be more effective and successful in climbing your family tree.


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.