BYU's paleography tutorial has been a key piece of the Center for Family History's online presence since its beginning in 2005. Initially, faculty members Professor Ray Wright and Professor George Ryskamp, along with student assistants, including Leandro Soria and Bradley York, constructed tutorials and information on German, English, and Romance languages.
By 2012 it was clear the website needed some updates and that it could be expanded to be more interactive and supportive of the Family History program's curriculum. The Department of History, the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, and the university were generous in their support to allow for that work. In 2012-13, Professors Amy Harris and George Ryskamp were awarded the David O. McKay Research and Creative Works Grant to support an expansion of the online tutorials. This was further supported by Professor Harris being awarded the Family, Home, and Social Sciences College Teaching Initiative Grant in 2013-14.
In 2021-2022, the website was again updated under the direction of George Ryskamp, Sarah Reed and Joe Everett and student supervisors, Amy Stoddard , Britney Condie, and Jacob Badal. Work on each of the current languages has been progressing over the years and continues today. Additional languages will be continue to be added in the future.
Professor of History
Associate Professor of History
Sarah Reed is Assistant Professor of History at BYU. She joined the department after completing a PhD in German with a minor in Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she wrote a dissertation on Mormonism in nineteenth-century German literature. Her research areas include German-American studies, Scandinavian-American studies, Mormon literature, and women writers. She has published on the Austrian writer Sidonie Grünwald-Zerkowitz, the Norwegian-American author Nephi Anderson, and on German-American studies topics. She lives in Provo with her husband Matt and a foster pipe organ.
Joseph B. Everett, MLS, AG, is the Family and Local History Librarian at the BYU Library. He has over 25 years combined experience in the genealogical field at BYU, FamilySearch, and Ancestry.com. Joe manages the collections and patron services of the BYU Family History Library and serves as a faculty liaison to professors in BYU's Family History program and others involved in family history on campus. He is an Accredited Genealogist in German and Russian research and has a breadth of experience in other geographic areas.
|Jacob Badal*-||Portuguese, Spanish, Latin|
|Brittney Condie-||French, Portugeuse, Spanish, Italian|
Abbie Lee Black
Kajsa Marie Bradley
Camilo Valderas Munoz