Kimberly Powell

Genealogy Expert


Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University

B.A., Carnegie Mellon University


  • Author of "The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy" 
  • Recipient of the Silver Tray for Excellence in Genealogical Publishing Award (2013)
  • Former president of the Association of Professional Genealogists


Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. In 2013, Kimberly won the Silver Tray for Excellence in Genealogical Publishing for her ThoughtCo contributions. Kimberly has also contributed to several popular genealogy magazines, including BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, Family Tree Magazine, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

Kimberly teaches genealogy at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She is a former president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a member of the National Genealogical Society and International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. 


Kimberly Powell holds a ​Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University's Center for Professional Education. She received a B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Awards and Publications

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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