Biography

SHORT INTRODUCTION for Presentations

Board-certified since 1995, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGLSM, is a western Pennsylvania researcher, co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP); co-editor of a cemetery book series; course coordinator for “Professional Genealogy” at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia, and 2017 APG Professional Achievement Award winner.

LONGER BIO

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGLSM, a western Pennsylvania researcher for over 30 years, is the co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Professional Genealogy Course Coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). She was an instructor and module creator for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program 2008-2016. She was the course co-coordinator of the AG/CG Preparation Course at the 2010 and 2013 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is an instructor for the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR). She is a regional and national speaker on such topics as Pennsylvania records, methodology, professional development, and society management. She was honored with the Association of Professional Genealogists 2017 Professional Achievement Award for which she received multiple nominations.

She has been Board-certified since 1995, successfully renewing every 5 years since. In April 2011, Elissa earned the additional credential Certified Genealogical Lecturer(SM) from the Board for Certification of Genealogists as CGL no. 33. She was a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists for nine years, their President (2012-2014), and past Outreach Committee Chairperson. She was a Director for the Association of Professional Genealogists for six years; taught genealogy courses at the local community college for fourteen years; co-edited a cemetery book series, appeared on the PBS-TV show Ancestors2 cemetery episode and on the Travel Channel’s Dead Files in the 2015 “The Instigator” episode. She has been involved in ProGen Study since the beginning, being the mentor for groups 1 and 25. She is a past-President of two local Pittsburgh area societies and a contributing author to many publications including the NGS Quarterly and the APG Quarterly.

An NSDAR member, she is also a lifetime member of the Ohio Genealogical Society; the Medina County Chapter, OGS; and the Baltzer Meyer Historical Society (Greensburg, PA) which was named for her ancestor.