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 Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, 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 Ancestry.com. 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 has served as a director of the National Genealogical Society since 2012.