Paula Stuart-Warren: Genealogist

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠, FMGS, FUGA
2000 County RD B2 W #130231
St. Paul, Minnesota 55113

PaulaStuartWarren@gmail.com

You might look at her and think that she is an average Midwestern woman. Part of that is true but she is far from average. First of all, Paula is a workaholic who loves her profession and loves to get others excited about their family history. Paula works full time in the area of genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. She has been a Board-certified genealogist since 1988, passing the every-five-year renewal assessments by the national Board for Certification of Genealogists. She is a firm believer in continuing education in genealogy and strives to keep up-to-date by participating in national and local conferences, reading the publications of many genealogical and historical organizations and individuals both off and online. She completed the week-long U.S. National Institute of Genealogical Research held at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

Activities and Service in the Field of Genealogy

She served two years as a national officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has been a APG Committee Chair. Paula served six years as a board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and continues as an active volunteer in genealogical, historical, and professional organizations. She served on the Federation of Genealogical Societies Board of Directors , nd its Conference Planning  and Awards committees.

Paula was a National Conference Co-Chair for the memorable FGS Quad Cities Conference,  held 12-15 September 2001 in Davenport, Iowa, was Co-Chair for the 2011 FGS Conference held in Springfield, Illinois and the FGS 2013 Conference held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was the National Publicity Chair for the 2006 and 2009 FGS conferences. She has lectured at NGS and FGS national level conferences since the early 1990s.

Awards and Honors

Paula has received awards for her volunteer work and professionalism in the field of genealogy:

  • Fellow, Minnesota Genealogical Society
  • Award of Merit, Minnesota Genealogical Society
  • Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award of Merit from the Association of Professional Genealogists
  • 2000: Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
  • George E. Williams Award from the Federation of Genealogical Societies for service to FGS and its member societies
  • Distinguished Service Award, Minnesota Genealogical Society
  • 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009: Award of Merit, FGS
  • 2007: Arkansas Traveler Ambassador of Good Will
  • 2008, 2012: Minnesota Genealogy Ambassador Award for representing Minnesota genealogy in the region and nation and bringing honor to Minnesota genealogy from The Minnesota Genealogical Society
  • 2009, 2010, 2012: Certificate of Appreciation, FGS
  • 2011: Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association
  • 2017: Loretto D. Szucs Service Award from FGS

Writing

Paula has written articles for American Ancestors, Ancestry Magazine, Minnesota Genealogist, Digital Genealogist, Family Tree Magazine, FGS Forum, FGS Voice, NGS NewsMagazine, National Genealogical Society Quarterly and NewEnglandAncestors.org. She authored Minnesota Genealogical Reference Guide. She co-authored the best-selling Your Guide to the Family History Library: How to Access the World’s Largest Genealogy Resource. She currently edits her own blog, Genealogy by Paula (previously Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica) and is past editor of the FGS Conference News Blog.

Among the many articles she has written are these:

  • “Heartland Heritage” (about Midwestern research, Family Tree Magazine, June 2003
  • “Getting Into the Attic”(about the U.S. National Archives, Heritage Travel, Summer 2003)
  • “Researching in Washington, DC” (NewEnglandAncestors.org, posted March 8, 2005)
  • “Researching Your American Indian Ancestry” (NGS NewsMagazine, January-March 2005 )
  • “Readin’ Writin’ & Records” (Ancestry Magazine, July/August 2005)
  • “Taking 1910 Further” (Ancestry Magazine, July/August 2006)
  • “Railroad Lands and Your Ancestor” (FGS Forum, Spring 2008)
  • “Tracking Migrating Families: The Records of Old Settlers Organizations” (American Ancestors, NEHGS, March/April 2010)
  • “Ratified Indian Treaties” (Fold3.com)

Other Media

Paula has made numerous appearances on television, radio, and has been interviewed for daily newspapers in many cities. Her appearances have included the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Quad Cities [Illinois/Iowa], Little Rock, Salt Lake City, Fort Wayne, and Seattle.

Lecture Involvement & Techniques

Her in-person historical and genealogical presentations are lively, yet professional and educational. Paula is comfortable with her audiences, and presents practical and accurate information. Each lecture and accompanying handout material is updated prior to each presentation. She is accessible for questions at her presentations and enjoys discussing genealogy with the participants throughout the event day. The visuals and the handout material reflect research in a wide variety of locales. Her lectures have taken her to most states around the U.S. and to Canada. Since 1997 she has been a Course Coordinator for the annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy’s American Genealogy Records and Resources week-long intermediate course, which includes classroom instruction and one-on-one assistance in the Family History Library. She has coordinated courses and taught at other multi-day institutes including the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh that began in 2012.

Specialties & Background

Her research specialties include methodology, research planning, one-on-one consultations, the U.S. National Archives and its regional facilities, the Family History Library, Midwestern and Plains states, Minnesota Historical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, American Indians and unusual records. Paula has worked for clients and her own family history on-site in courthouses, state archives, public and university libraries, and historical societies all across the U.S. and brings that knowledge to her audiences.

Personal Genealogy

  • Paula is descended from ancestors representing eight different countries. These ancestors and the cousins resided in many U. S. States (including California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin) and in several Canadian provinces. See: My Personal Ancestry
  • She has also researched her children’s paternal roots including extensive southern and southwestern roots (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia) and the varied ancestry of her grandchildren. A native Minnesotan, she is the mother of three adult children and has four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
  • While growing up, all of her children could answer basic genealogical research questions that came via telephone when she wasn’t home. Two of her children are involved in historical research but refuse to call themselves genealogists!

 

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4 comments on “Paula Stuart-Warren: Genealogist

  1. Could I please call and talk to you?
    I will be glad to pay you for your time.
    Kaye Nelson
    701-770-9057

    Grassy Butte, ND

  2. Re: your new site

    I like the way the scrolling responds to my mouse-wheel– sort of like ice skating!

    The date function does seem to be 12 hrs off (or maybe just am/pm switcheroo?). I only noticed because my computer time-stamps incoming emails five hours ahead (possibly at one time I thought it was cute to set the time-zone to my brother’s house in Germany) and I do the subtraction in my head, rather than track down the source.

    Blog on!

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