The Utah Genealogical Association Fellow Award is given in recognition of those living individuals whose distinguished contributions and ongoing commitment to the field of genealogy are of national or international scope. This may be evidenced by any combination of publications, teaching and speaking, or leadership of major genealogical organizations over a significant period of time. We are excited to recognize Jill N. Crandell, AG with the UGA Fellow Award.
Jill is a well-known teacher, speaker, author, and leader. She is a pioneer in creating and leading genealogical organizations. She was one of the three founding commissioners of the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, or ICAPGen, and she has served as ICAPGen’s president, commissioner, executive secretary, treasurer, and conference committee member. Jill was also a founding director and treasurer of the international organization, the Association of Genealogy Educators and Schools, or AGES.
Jill has been instrumental in her service to the Utah Genealogical Association and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She served as SLIG director in 2000-2001 and assistant SLIG director in 1999. She has been UGA’s treasurer, executive secretary, recording secretary, and board member.
For nearly twenty years, Jill has been a faculty member of the Brigham Young University History Department. During that time, she has served on scholarship committees and the Student Mentoring and Recruitment Committee, supervised student internships, and served as Director of the Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University for the past twelve years.
In addition to teaching at BYU, Jill has taught at the National Genealogical Society Conference, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, SLIG’s Academy for Professionals, family history conferences at BYU and BYU-Idaho, ICAPGen’s annual conference, the LDS Women’s Conference, the UGA annual conference, and RootsTech.
She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly journal, the NGS Magazine, and Genealogy magazine, and she wrote a chapter about the history of accreditation for the book Becoming an Excellent Genealogist: Essays on Professional Research Skills. She has presented papers at symposiums for the Mormon History Association and the Mormon Trail Center and the City of Council Bluffs.
Jill has been a spokesperson for genealogy on news and radio stations, including KBYU, KUTV, KSL TV, KSL Newsradio, and Fox 13. She has also been involved in the management, design, and programming for at least eight different websites. She is the developer and president of ResearchTies, LLC, which is an online genealogy research log.Jill's work has influenced countless genealogists, increased credibility for the genealogy profession, and fostered public awareness of the positive impact of genealogy research.