Michael W. McCormick

Michael W. McCormick

Chief Operating & Genealogical Officer at HEREDIUM Probate Research LLC

Location
Salt Lake City, Utah (Greater Salt Lake City Area)
Industry
Research

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Michael W. McCormick's Overview

Current
Past
  • Community Development Intern at FamilySearch
  • Social Media Coordinator (Volunteer) at PaHR-Access
  • Owner, Genealogist at Enduring Legacy Genealogy, LLC
Education
Connections

500+ connections

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Michael W. McCormick's Summary

I am an engaging teacher and manager in the genealogical field. I excel in presenting to groups and in one-on-one settings. My enthusiasm for family history is contagious, even with those who were previously indifferent or disinterested. I am a competent trainer, regarding genealogy skills and friendly communication. My conflict resolution skills are apparent as I communicate with clients, and patiently address their concerns. My problem solving skills are in constant use as I manage the US workflow for a major European heir search firm.

I believe that family history awareness has the ability to improve the quality of life for everyone around me. This shows through to my personal and professional associates. My desire is to serve and influence an ever broadening range of individuals through teaching and management roles.

Specialties: Teaching, management, networking, genealogy

Genealogy specialties:
• Living person search (expert)
• Mid-Atlantic and US (advanced)
• Germany (professional)
• Creative solutions
• Advanced methodologies
• Sub-contracting
• Advanced Internet searches
• Tech-savvy

Michael W. McCormick's Experience

Chief Operating & Genealogical Officer

HEREDIUM Probate Research LLC

September 2012Present (2 years 1 month) Greater Salt Lake City Area

• Genealogical expertise in living person search, forensic genealogy, Mid-Atlantic and whole US research, German genealogy, and advanced Internet searches
• Client and customer support: concern resolution, and frequent contact
• Account management: QuickBooks maintenance, responsible for US cash-flow
• Case management: responsible for the US workflow of a major European research firm, strategy development, sub-contracting independent researchers
• HEREDIUM Probate Research LLC, is an affiliate of Henning Schröder Internationale Erbenermittlung GmbH

Family History Consultant (Volunteer)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Nonprofit; 5001-10,000 employees; Religious Institutions industry

2004Present (10 years) Rexburg, ID; Gettysburg, PA; Chicago, IL; Salt Lake City, UT

2004, 2008-present
• Taught classes of 5-25 individuals on a weekly basis during select periods
• Increased organizational unity through collaborating with auxiliary leaders; assisting individuals with their learning process
• Facilitated meaningful family history experiences; persuaded and influenced constituents, increasing individual and group enthusiasm for family history
• Prepared for lessons through reviewing manuals as well as outside sources, practicing genealogy methodology, and incorporating cutting-edge technology
• Exceeded expectations by volunteering with additional opportunities such as
- • Family History Fair planning committee
- • Presenting to church or community groups (esp., FamilySearch, Indexing, LDS family history)
- • FamilySearch Indexing; teaching, indexing, and arbitration
- • FindAGrave or BillionGraves contribution
- • Genealogical societies

Community Development Intern

FamilySearch

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

March 2012June 2012 (4 months) Provo, Utah Area

• Trained volunteers, missionaries, and FamilySearch employees to effectively use social media to reach those in need of research assistance
• Developed social media strategies, and coordinated with various teams to increase organizational synergy

Social Media Coordinator (Volunteer)

PaHR-Access

September 2009December 2011 (2 years 4 months) Gardners, PA

• Promoted legislation in Pennsylvania to open vital records for genealogy research through sending Facebook, Twitter, and blog updates to approximately 700 followers
• Collaborated with PaHR-Access founder Tim Gruber, The Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies: Records Preservation and Access Committee, as well as Pennsylvania legislators and their staff to successfully pass legislation

Owner, Genealogist

Enduring Legacy Genealogy, LLC

November 2007March 2010 (2 years 5 months) Gardners, PA

• Founded Enduring Legacy Genealogy, LLC. and joined Association of Professional Genealogists
• Conducting detail intensive research in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. and integrating advanced Internet technologies to create and present coherent family history data within a specified deadline
• Promoting family history through maintaining a company blog on technology, legislation, local news, and volunteer opportunities

Data Collector

21st Century Appraisals

May 2009September 2009 (5 months) Adams County, Pennsylvania

• Recorded and organized data on-site for the county property tax assessment, including: exterior home measurements, photographs, and several required notations.
• Demonstrated reliability and self-motivation through meeting a team at the beginning and end of each day--also through splitting out individually to reach desirable levels of property coverage.

Substitute Teacher Assistant

Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Education Management industry

January 2008April 2009 (1 year 4 months)

• Demonstrated competence and reliability through substituting in a wide range of educational settings--as a team player with other assistants and teachers.
• Taught small groups or individuals having special needs
• Communicated effectively with special needs students varying in age from preschool through age 21--also varying in needs from behavioral to low-functioning disabilities.

Michael W. McCormick's Projects

  • McCormick Family Reunion

    • July 2014 to Present
    Team Members: Michael W. McCormick

    • Managed and initiated the first family reunion since the 1970s for all descendants of Samuel McCormick of Burlington, New Jersey (abt.1831-1887)
    • Located and invited over 100 living descendants (only one family could not be located)
    • Consolidated genealogical information from historical records, consulted with cousins, and compiled an accurate genealogy
    • Delegated responsibilities for food, activities, audio recording, photography, t-shirt design etc.
    • Mingled with attendees, provided genealogical charts, helped delegates with their roles, scanned photographs, gave a presentation about our shared ancestor, etc.

Michael W. McCormick's Publications

  • How to Obtain Pennsylvania State Vital Records

    • Bucks County Genealogical Society April 2014 Newsletter
    • April 20, 2014

    • Free access to Ancestry.com Pennsylvania now available for Pennsylvania State residents
    • Why are these records important?
    • Description of previous access conditions

Michael W. McCormick's Honors and Awards

  • Duty to God

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    An award for young men that builds faith, integrity, and leadership.
    dutytogod.lds.org

  • Eagle Scout

    Boy Scouts of America
    • 2002

Michael W. McCormick's Organizations

  • Utah Genealogical Association

    • February 2014 to Present
  • Palatines to America German Genealogy Society

    • March 2014 to Present

    Life Membership

  • Maryland Genealogical Society

    • September 2013 to Present
  • National Genealogical Society

    • March 2014 to Present

    April 2009 -- April 2011, Individual annual memberships
    March 2014, Lifetime membership

  • Ulster Historical Foundation

    • 2008 to Present

    Lifetime Membership

  • Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

    • February 2009 to February 2010

    • Briefly coordinated some of the grassroots efforts for PaHR-Access

Michael W. McCormick's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Spanish

    (Elementary proficiency)

Michael W. McCormick's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Family History Consultant

      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      • Education
      2004 present (10 years)

      2004, 2008-present
      • Taught classes of 5-25 individuals on a weekly basis during select periods
      • Increased organizational unity through collaborating with auxiliary leaders and assisting individuals with their learning process
      • Facilitated meaningful family history experiences; persuaded and influenced constituents, increasing individual and group enthusiasm for family history
      • Prepared for lessons through reviewing manuals as well as outside sources, practicing genealogy methodology, and incorporating cutting-edge technology
      • Exceeded expectations by volunteering with additional opportunities such as FamilySearch Indexing arbitration, FindAGrave and/or BillionGraves contribution, and genealogical societies

    • Beta Tester

      FamilySearch
      • Education
      2009 present (5 years)

      • Record Search Pilot (2009)
      • New FamilySearch • FamilySearch Forums (2010)
      • Family Tree • FamilySearch Wiki (2011)
      • Books to GEDCOM project • FamilySearch Linking • Indexing App
      • Skype & Facebook Genealogy Research Communities • FamilySearch Photos (2012)

    • Indexing Arbitration

      FamilySearch
      • Education
      2011 present (3 years)

      • Began indexing in 2008
      • Served as an Assistant Stake Indexing Leader (Director) that same year

      FamilySearch Indexing is a crowd sourced project to create search-able indexes for many of the world's historic and genealogical records.

      Each document is keyed twice, for accuracy. An arbitrator compares the differences with the document image and either selects the most correct version or types in a new value that more accurately reflects what is on the image.

    • Volunteer Cemetery Photographer

      BillionGraves
      August 2011 present (3 years 2 months)

      • Enjoyed photographing a few local cemeteries
      • Featured in on BillionGraves for church service project
      http://blog.billiongraves.com/2012/05/group-effort/

    • Volunteer Cemetery Photographer

      Find A Grave
      March 2011 August 2011 (6 months)

      • Uploaded a few local cemeteries, same as the ones for USGenWeb
      • Received a lot of help

    • Volunteer Cemetery Photographer

      USGenWeb
      June 2009 March 2010 (10 months)

      • Photographed ten cemeteries in York and Adams County, Pennsylvania
      • Submitted photos to the volunteer page administrator who transcribed and posted
      http://enduringlegacygenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/08/volunteer-work-archive.html

    • Full-time Representative (missionary)

      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      • Education
      September 2005 September 2007 (2 years 1 month)

      • Assisted in leading the regional efforts of the "Gift of Family History" pilot program
      • Taught religious principles to families and individuals on a daily basis after preparing carefully for each lesson.
      • Practiced communication skills through initiating discussions with people in public settings regarding meaningful subjects.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Genealogy
      • Family Values
      • Immigration
    • Organizations I support:

      • FamilySearch
      • American Families United
      • American Family Association
      • Reform Immigration FOR America
      • USGenWeb
      • International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists

Michael W. McCormick's Courses

  • Associate of Applied Science, Family History Research

    Brigham Young University - Idaho

    • Genealogical Writing (FHGEN 140)
    • Introduction to Family History Research (FHGEN 111)
  • BSc, History

    Brigham Young University - Idaho

    • Public Speaking (COMM 102)
    • Interpersonal Theory & Practice (COMM 150)
    • Public Relation Fundamentals (COMM 235)
    • Persuasion (COMM 352)
    • College Writing (ENG 111)
    • Western Europe Culture (INTST 344)
  • Non-matriculated, Family History (Genealogy)

    Brigham Young University

    • Family History-Genealogy (REL C261)
    • Family & Law in American History (HIST 400)
    • Professional Family History Research (HIST 480)
    • American Family History (HIST 378)
    • English Documents (HIST 421)
    • German Family History (HIST 409R)
    • Ireland Family History (HIST 415)
    • Advanced Southern European and Latin American Family History (HIST 411R)
    • Writing Family Histories (HIST 433)
    • Professional Credentials in Family History (HIST 482)
    • Amer Government & Politics (PL SC110)

Michael W. McCormick's Skills & Expertise

  1. Teaching
  2. Social Media
  3. Blogging
  4. Indexing
  5. Genealogy
  6. Research
  7. Family History
  8. Facebook
  9. Leadership
  10. History
  11. Public Speaking
  12. Community Outreach
  13. Archives
  14. Digitization
  15. Microsoft Office
  16. Editing
  17. Social Networking
  18. Program Management
  19. Books
  20. Nonprofits
  21. Oral History
  22. Time Management
  23. PowerPoint
  24. Records
  25. Historical Research
  26. Online Research
  27. Volunteer Management
  28. Community Development
  29. Archival Research
  30. Fundraising
  31. Proofreading
  32. Creative Writing
  33. Training
  34. Project Management
  35. Supervisory Skills

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Michael W. McCormick's Education

Brigham Young University - Idaho

Associate of Applied Science, Family History Research

20142015 (expected)

Salt Lake Community College

Certificate, Genealogy

20142014

Taking classes toward the SLCC Genealogy Certificate to better prepare for ICAPGen Accreditation.
Anticipating Certificate completion within 3 semesters.

Brigham Young University - Idaho

BSc, History

20042011

Family History and Communications Emphases
2005-2007: deferment as a Full-time Volunteer Representative
for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2007-2010: my studies during this period included a visiting semester at Brigham Young University in Utah and over 40 credits of Independent Study work through that university.

Activities and Societies: Member of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society); Volunteered with Family History Center and Lab, Student Representative Council, Student Ambassadors, Get Connected, Pathway, and Student Support Recruitment

Brigham Young University

Non-matriculated, Family History (Genealogy)

20072010

See explanation under BYU-Idaho. Twenty-nine of my fifty-five BYU credits were in genealogy.

Activities and Societies: Family History Society Founder and President, Assistant Stake Indexing Leader (aka Director), Part-time employment at BYU Family History Library

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