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KirkBE 98.JPG  Barry E. Kirk, AG®


Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his mother in 1961, and served in the France/Belgium Mission from 1969 to 1971.  Also, lived in Quebec and Alberta, Canada; and Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah.  Presently, he resides in West Valley City, Utah.


  • MPA Graduate studies BYU - 1995-6
  • BA  University Studies (Linguistics, Religion, French, Sociology) BYU - 1978
  • AA  Professional Genealogical Research BYU - 1978
  • AA  Gerontology - BYU  1975
  • Studies at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC 1972-4; transferred to BYU.


  • AG - French-Canadian and Acadian Research 1977
  • AG - France 1984
  • AG - Canada (General) 1985
  • AG - Belgium 1986
  • Also, research experience in the United States, Switzerland, Ukraine, Italy, and British Isles.


  • Phillips Cables - Lab Technician, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - 1971-2;
  • Librarian - BYU Harold B. Lee Library, Provo, Utah - 1975-8;
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) - Finances, Provo, Utah - 1975-8; 
  • Research Assistant - BYU Humanities, Provo, Utah - 1975-7; BYU Religion 1980;
  • Professional Genealogical Research - 1975 to present;
  • Camera Operator for Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) - Quebec, Canada - microfilming Catholic Registers - 1978-80;
  • Head Accountant - HH Smith Customs Broker - Coutts, Alberta, Canada - 1980-2;
  • Family History Library - 1983 to present (worked in Field Services Unit, Correspondence Unit, International Reference Unit, and presently in US/Canada Unit (1995 to present));
  • Taught HIST 406R Canadian Research BYU - 2005; on leave.


  • UGA Board of Directors 1984-7;

Lectures and Presenter at the following locations:

  • Many genealogical seminars throughout Canada and the United States, from 1984 onwards; including BYU Family History and Genealogical seminars (many times). 

Membership in Genealogical Societies

  • Association of Professional Genealogists - Lifetime membership;
  • Société Généalogique Canadienne-Françoise - Lifetime membership;
  • Utah Genealogical Association - Lifetime membership;
  • Annual memberships in many other societies and websites.


  • Mainly published books for the family and donated a copy to the Family History Library, so that patrons could also have access to the information.  See the Family History Catalog link 

Projects participated in

  • US Census WIKI Project 2009-10;
  • Wrote several WIKI articles 2009-10.