Education and Training
He graduated from Brigham Young University where he studied Genetics and Family History. He also holds a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah. In addition to genetic genealogy in any geographic context, he loves researching in France (for which he has received accreditation through ICAPGen).
Paul specializes in DNA research and French genealogy. He also has expertise in France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, Slovakia, England, Netherlands, Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa, Australia, Panama, Jamaica, Colombia, Chile and the United States.
As part of his studies he participated in a life-changing study abroad, visiting and researching in archives in France, Spain, Italy and the Vatican. As part of that trip, Paul researched the lives of his ancestors in France in the 1500s-1800s and visited the ruins of the ancestral home of his fifth great-grandfather, Joseph Ichante. Joseph had engraved his perspectives, thoughts, proverbs, and his genealogy on the walls of his house!
Paul has worked for Legacy Tree Genealogists since 2014, and has helped solve hundreds of genetic genealogy research questions (both for unknown parentage and historic cases) around the world. Some of Paul’s favorite cases have involved research in France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, Slovakia, England, Netherlands, Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa, Australia, Panama, Jamaica, Colombia, Chile and the United States. Currently Paul works as a Research Team Manager overseeing Legacy Tree’s DNA team.
In order to help others learn more about genetic genealogy, Paul obtained a masters degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah. Over the past several years, he has offered hundreds of classes, workshops and lectures on research topics relating to genetic genealogy and French genealogy. In addition to genealogy, Paul enjoys singing, skiing, hiking and balloon twisting.
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