Speaker biography - Susan Petersen
Susan Petersen is a genealogist, writer and journalist who began researching her family history more than 30 years ago. Her LongLostRelatives.net blog began as a tool to connect with others researching the same families. She also provides tips for genealogists, success stories and anecdotes about some of her colorful ancestors.
Susan began researching her family history in the late 1970s when a distant cousin inquired about members of the family for her genealogy research. Susan soon caught the bug and began her own quest for family history information. Genealogy had been an on-again off-again hobby until about 2005 when family history research became a regular part of daily life.
In 2009, Susan began writing about her family history discoveries on her blog, LongLostRelatives.net. Through her blog and public family tree on Ancestry.com, she has connected with several "long lost relatives" to collaborate and share information about ancestors and affiliated families.
Susan Petersen is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska and still calls Lincoln home. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She dedicated her career to public service and retired from the State of Nebraska in 2013 after 40 years of service.
She now devotes much of her time to volunteer work for the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society (Lincoln, Nebraska). She loves sharing her enthusiasm for genealogy with others through her lectures, classes and workshops. Her specialties include writing, publicity, training development, web site development and public speaking.
Susan's passion for sharing information and teaching others led her into the world of genealogy speaking in 2011. She is available for public speaking engagements for genealogy societies, libraries and community organizations.
Genealogy and historical societies
Public speaking and training societies