Michelle Ganus Taggart genealogistMy name is Michelle Ganus Taggart. I was blessed to have had a grandmother who loved genealogy and so, from an early age, I heard the stories of my ancestors. That sparked my interest and college courses in history and historical writing built on that interest. I have been actively researching for over 25 years, primarily focused in the Southern States. I share my research and my Southern ancestors’ stories on my blog A Southern Sleuth,  which I began in 2012.

I received a BS from Brigham Young University. Recently, I earned a certificate in American Records from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. I have attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy for seven years. I served as an LDS Family History Consultant for five years, working one-on-one with individuals and teaching a class. I worked as a coordinator for FamilySearch Indexing. I have indexed obituaries as a volunteer with the Carroll County, Georgia Genealogy Society and for the past three years I have interviewed other genealogy bloggers as part of the “May I Introduce to You” series for GeneaBloggers (now GeneaBloggersTRIBE).

I am a member of the following societies: The National Genealogical Society, The Georgia Genealogical Society, The Carroll County Georgia Genealogical Society, The North Carolina Genealogical Society and the The Utah Genealogical Society. 

Born in Alamosa, Colorado, I grew up in California and Texas. Currently my husband and I live in Utah and enjoy time with our four children and ten grandchildren.

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