As the oldest child of six and the mother of nine, family has played a huge role in Lori Lynn McCulloch’s life. She was introduced to genealogy when she was eight years old, visiting her maternal grandparents in Imbler, Oregon. Her grandmother taught her to fill out a pedigree chart and family group sheets and the blank spaces just about did her in. She was on a quest to find the people to fill in the empty spaces. And this has gone on for more than forty years.
She took her first “Intro to Genealogy” class at BYU as a Freshman and began spending more time in the Family History Library than anywhere else on campus. After taking several decades off to raise a family, she returned to BYU to find that she could major in Family History and Genealogy. She is currently two semesters away from graduating with her degree.
In addition to researching and finding families, Lori loves to write. She has taught many personal history writing classes and developed several personal history writing e-courses. She also worked for her husband’s production company writing family histories and authoring many of his family history and history DVD’s. She and her husband collaborated on a DVD for the Pocatello School District’s after-school program, which won them several national awards when it was presented in Washington D.C.
She has done research and writing for many clients and family members and each has been special in their own way. However, her most memorable client has been her nine-year-old nephew. When he was introduced to Family Tree, he was mortified to see that his dad’s side was completely blank. He hired her to fill in “all the blanks” for a hug. She and her family had teased this nephew for years about being a leprechaun because he was born on St. Patrick’s Day. After researching one of his paternal lines, she ended up in 1800 Ireland. Her nephew was thrilled to find out he really was Irish! And yes, she did get that hug!
Lori believes that family is everything and loves helping others in their quest to find their family. She is thrilled to be working with Legacy Tree Genealogists and having the opportunity to do just that on a regular basis.