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      Christensen, Ph.D., Penelope
Penelope Christensen, Ph.D.

Former Director of English Studies

Dr. Christensen is the course material author for the following courses:

English: Census Records including Wales
English: Civil Registration Records including Wales
English: Court Records-Criminal, Civil& Ecclesiastical
English: Education, Health & Contemporary Documents
English: Land & Property Records Including Manorial Documents & Maps
English: Non-Anglican Church Records
English: Occupations- Professions and Trades
English: Parish Registers
English: Poor Law & Parish Chest Records
English: Probate Records
English: Taxes, Lists, Business, Electoral & Insurance Records
English:Understanding Names in Genealogy
Methodology- Part 3: More Strategies
Methodology- Part 4: Effective Searching and Recording
Methodology- Part 5: How To Prove It
Planning a Research Trip Including Preparing for Salt Lake City
Research: English & Welsh Ancestors
Research: Irish Ancestors
Research: Scandinavian Ancestors
Research: Scottish Ancestors

Dr. Christensen also reviewed the course material for the following courses:

Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program- Part 1
Methodology- Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice

Dr. Christensen's life began inauspiciously enough in the Workhouse in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, England. Most of her childhood was spent in Bexleyheath, Kent where she attended Upton County Primary School and later obtained a scholarship to Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School.

This was followed by four years in Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire at the University of Wales where she obtained a B.Sc. in Botany and Zoology and a Diploma in Agriculture specializing in Soil Science.

Then she emigrated to Edmonton, Alberta to pursue a M.Sc. in Soil Microbiology at the University of Alberta. During her university studies she was always particularly fascinated by the taxonomic aspects of the subjects that she studied. This led to her completing a Ph.D. in Taxonomy, the scientific basis for identifying and organizing families in 1973.

Since childhood her interests have included community and social history as well as a fascination with her own family history. She remembers gathering names and dates from her grandmother when she was only 8. After making her first family tree in 1959 she has pursued her roots ever since; at last count having identified over 350 ancestors in England and Scotland. She has also done a considerable amount of work on her husband's Danish, Norwegian and Swedish origins.

Dr. Christensen has 20 years university teaching experience in five different departments, and has lectured extensively on family history, including a CBC radio series. She offers over 70 conference lectures on British and Scandinavian Research, Beginners Topics, General Genealogy, and Family History Centre Resources for Family Historians, FHC staff or LDS members. A list of these topics is available to conference organizers. She is a dynamic, interesting and humorous speaker, illustrating her presentations with plentiful examples and great handouts.

Dr. Christensen has authored numerous books in the Heritage Book Series and texts for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, where she established and lead the English Studies Department for numerous years. The English Studies Department is now directed by Kirsty Gray.

Penny is a member of 16 Genealogy and Family History Societies, is on staff at two Family History Centres and assists both the British Columbia and Abbotsford Genealogical Societies.

In short, she spends 26 hours every day on genealogy !!

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