Connie Lenzen holds the Certified Genealogist credential that is granted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists after rigorous examination. She attends and teaches courses on methodology in order to keep up with the industry. She could be considered a "general practice" genealogist. While she is a Northwest native and enjoys projects that take place in the Northwest, her cases include many geographical areas. She even creates booklets for her clients.
Connie was first bitten by the genealogy bug when her grandmother introduced her to the treasures tucked into the attic spaces in her grandmother's home. Connie has watched genealogy progress as standards were introduced, the Internet became the starting place, and DNA emerged upon the scene. She still goes back to those treasures in the attic that provide tangible proof that her ancestors were living people who had stories to tell. Some of those stories provided the push to write articles. Links to some of those articles are provided below.
Degrees and Certifications
Honors and Awards:
- National Genealogical Society's 2010 President's Citation for "Outstanding and Continuing Contributions to the Society"
- International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) award winner
- National Genealogical Society Distinguished Service Award, May 2001
- Winner of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly's 1995 Award of Excellence for "Proving a Maternal Line, the Case of Frances B. Whitney"
- Listed in 1990 Who’s Who in Genealogy and Heraldry and 1996 Who's Who in the West
- Contributing author to national and local genealogical publications—including National Genealogical Society's Quarterly and Newsmagazine, Heritage Quest, Ancestry, and the Genealogical Forum of Oregon's Bulletin
- Research in Oregon, Second Edition, 2007; NGS Research in the States series
- Guide to Oregon Church Records, 2001, rev. 2010
- Columnist for the Vancouver Columbian newspaper, 2000–2007
- Editor and lead writer of the NGS Home Study Course's 2005 revision
- Lone Fir Cemetery, 1846–1880 , 2002
- How to Find Naturalization Records in Oregon, 1989, rev. 2001
- Oregon Guide to Genealogical Resources, 1991, rev. 1997
- St. Mary's Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, 1987
- Huiras Family in America (8 volumes), 1968–89
- Twentieth Century United States Records, Including Adoption Records. National Institute for Genealogical Studies. 2011
- Association of Professional Genealogists: Trustee, 1992–1994; Oregon Chapter APG President, 2004–2005
- Board for Certification of Genealogists: Trustee, 2004 to 2010; President, 2005–2008
- Boston University: Academic Professional, Genealogy Certificate Program, 2009–present
- Genealogical Council of Oregon: Conference Program Chair, 2002–2004; Conference Chair, 2008, 2010, and 2012
- Genealogical Forum of Oregon: 1st VP 1995–1996; President 1996–1998; Education Chair 1998–2001; Volunteer coordinator, 2001–2004, Education Chair, 2011–2012
- National Genealogical Society: Conference author 1991; Award of Excellence 1995; 2001 Conference Local Arrangements Co-chair; Board of Directors 2004–2010; Editor of the 2005 NGS Home Study Course
- Oregon Catholic Historical Society: Vice-president, 2011– 2016; Webmaster, 2012 to present
- ProGen: Mentor for ProGen 10, 2010–2012