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Deborah Gurtler, BA, AG
I was born and raised in southern Arizona. My love for genealogy began as a teenager and I’ve been at it ever since. I picked up my Spanish language skills while living with my family in South America. I lived in Chile for 4 ½ years and in Peru for 9 months. I’ve been doing my own family history research for over 30 years. Before working at the Family History Library I worked as a contract researcher for several genealogical research firms as well as for my own clients.

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  • Brigham Young University, B.A. Family History (2009)
  • Accredited genealogist for the U. S. Mid-south region and Spain.


  • Internship at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (2007)
  • Family History Field Study in the Archives of Spain (2009)
  • Genealogist for BYU TV’s “Generations Project”
  • Worked with a team of genealogists on the ancestry of Tim McGraw for the NBC program “Who Do You Think You Are”
  • Volunteer at Family History Centers in New Mexico and Chile
  • Chairman of the Orem Multi-Stake Family History Fair, 2011

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Research Interests

  • Hispanic Genealogy
  • Spanish Notarial Records
  • Southern U. S.
  • Portuguese Research
  • Research in Latin America
  • French Research, including Quebec


  • Spanish – I can speak, read, and write
  • Italian, French, Portuguese, Catalan, and Latin – I can read some of each

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