Hi, my name is Trent Smith. I have a passion for working on genealogy and family history research and studying foreign languages, and I'm excited to build this business, to help other people do the same.
One day at church, I was minding my business, on my way to my Sunday School class, when the genealogy expert in our congregation nabbed me, pulled me into the clerk's office, and sat me down at the computer. We logged into my FamilySearch account, and right away he started guiding me up my family tree, looking for someone with missing information.
Instead of going to Sunday School classes that day, we spent the entire time doing family history research on my great Uncle Mervin and his wife Hallie. Finally, I had found someone who would work with me enough that I felt like I could do it on my own! Since I was out of work at the time, I spent the next few days working like crazy, and not hardly sleeping at all. I felt as though a previously hidden half of me had been suddenly discovered. I felt like I was made to do this!
Sometime later, my wife and three kids and I moved to Indiana for work. Here, I was asked to serve in the genealogy ministry in my congregation. I soon found myself having a ball teaching families and individuals how to do research in FamilySearch and Ancestry.
Then, after a lot of thought and some pivotal personal experiences, I realized I wanted to spend my life teaching and doing genealogy research.
Graduated in June 1994 from American Fork High School in American Fork, Utah
See my BYU-Idaho Student Portfolium
Seminars & Conferences
Foreign Language Training:
I never will be done learning any of these languages... for me, studying foreign languages is like a bad habit--I'm always doing it!
LDS Mission Release
Barcelona, Venezuela, Nov. 1996
German B1+/B2 Certificate
Berlin, Germany, Nov. 2018
Russian A1+/A2 Certificate
St. Pbg, Russia, Oct. 2018
I have been doing genealogy and family history research on my own family tree since the summer of 2013. Since moving to Indiana in July of 2015, I've taught about three dozen people how to use Family Search and Ancestry.
I have served as an assistant to the High Priest group leader in my church congregation, supervising the family history effort. During that time, we saw our family history research statistics surge as the members enthusiastically embraced genealogy. Those numbers haven't been the same since.
Trent Smith is a family historian, genealogist, polyglot (fancy word; it means "studies foreign languages") and student of the scriptures.
He is a high priest in his church congregation and has served in multiple positions doing genealogy and family history research. He has written a webpage to help members of his church congregation learn to do family history research. He currently works as a volunteer at the New Albany LDS Family History Center on Wednesday nights. Trent likes to attend Sunday worship and occasional temple services with his congregation and his wife and children.
Trent enjoys taking his kids out for lunch or to the park. He likes playing the organ for church, playing the piano at home, and playing a little bit of guitar. He enjoys reading, researching, and writing on his blog about the scriptures and about genealogy, in addition to studying foreign language every chance he gets.
He lives in New Albany, Indiana with his wife and children.