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Robert Raymond is a deputy to FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher. He works to increase genealogical soundness of FamilySearch products and helps set record acquisition and publication strategy.

Robert is a frequent presenter at national, regional, and local conferences including NGS, FGS, RootsTech, NERGC, New York, Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, BYU, and UGA. For a decade he wrote (pseudonymically) a top ranked genealogy blog about,, records, and methodology. He created a family history website where he published a collection of digitized genealogical records, histories, articles, and maps.

Robert is a genealogical technologist who worked for more than 30 years in software engineering and has worked professionally in genealogy since 2002. Before FamilySearch, he worked at Before that he helped found and he served as vice president of a storage technology company acquired by Symantec. He holds over a dozen technology patents and earned a master’s degree in electrical (computer) engineering from Brigham Young University where he was honored as a Kimball Scholar, a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

Robert served as a director of the National Genealogical Society from 2012 to 2018.

Robert has saved some of his favorite links for RootsTech 2018.