Beth A. Stahr, CG is a recently retired academic librarian and college instructor with over forty years of genealogical research experience. She is a past trustee, treasurer and president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She was born near Chicago, and has lived in Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Louisiana, and now in Tennessee. She was first certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 1990, is an alumnus of National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR), now the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and Excelsior College’s Genetic Genealogy class. She has lectured for local, state and national genealogical societies, and published in academic and genealogical journals. Her personal research includes her paternal Polish ancestry and her maternal Southern and Native American ancestry.