Meet the Latin America Research Team!


Latin American research presents a variety of challenges,especially if you can’t understand the different languages that the records are written in. Thankfully, the Family History Library Latin America research team is here to help!

The purpose of the Latin America research team is to help people become personally inspired by the lives and stories of their ancestors. To do that, the team assists visitors at the Family History Library and answers questions at the online FamilySearch Community page. They also teach webinars twice a month and help train the dedicated team of volunteers who work on the International floor of the library.

Meet the Team

Arturo Cuellar, Lauren Wake, Debbie Gurtler, Norian Antunes, Brand Baird

Left to right: Arturo Cuellar, Lauren Wake, Debbie Gurtler, Norian Antunes, Brand Baird.

The Latin America research team recognizes that not everyone can make it to the library, so they constantly look for ways to spread their efforts to other places in the world. Debbie Gurtler is the fearless manager, and her team of multilingual experts includes the following:

All members of the team speak Spanish, and Noriane also speaks Portuguese. They can also read records in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian,French, and even some Latin!
In order to stay up to date in their area of research, the Latin America research team frequently attends conferences and networks with others in the field. They also peruse genealogical journals and visit archives and repositories so that they have more information and experience to help others with their own research.

Passion for Latin American Culture

A woman holds and smiles at a child

One of the things that the team loves most about their work is the Latin American culture, which often centers on remembering and honoring loved ones who have passed away. For this reason, the team especially enjoys reuniting people with the stories of their family.

Your Latin American ancestors come from a part of the world with a rich and colorful history and stories that are just waiting to be told—and the Latin America team is here to help you tell that story.

For help with your Latin American research, check out the 2019 Latin America Research Seminar on October 29–November 2. You can attend these classes at the Family History Library or watch the classes via an online webinar.

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