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Debbie Gurtler

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 40 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, Spain and Mexico.


  • 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 as a case manager at Ancestry ProGenealogists
  • Volunteer at Family History Centers in New Mexico and Chile
  • Chairman of the Orem Multi-Stake Family History Fair, 2011
  • Organizing committee for Conferencia Iberoamericana de Genealogía 2013
  • SLIG 2020 Advanced Hispanic Research Course coordinator with Dr. George Ryskamp, JD AG

Conferences Attended

FGS 2014, 2015
NGS 2010, 2011, 2019
RootsTech 2010-2019
BYU Family History and Genealogy Conference (Multiple years)
Genealogical Society of Hispanic America 2017 National Conference (Keynote speaker)
SLIG 2018 Portuguese Research Course
SLIG 2017, 2020 Guest lecturer in John Philip Colletta's Immigration Course

Classes Taught

Find more classes taught by Debbie Gurtler here.

Research Interests

  • Hispanic Genealogy
  • Spanish Notarial Records
  • Southern U. S. especially tax lists, probate and deeds
  • 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

Online Activity