Genealogy and the recording of family history has always been a passion for Luana. She began organizing photos, documents, and information on her grandmother’s family in 1977 and has researched for others since 1985, working as a professional genealogist since 1995. She specializes in Palatine German, US and Canadian, and western European research She frequently travels to Europe for genealogical research on site in archives located in Germany, Poland and France.
Luana has a bachelor’s degree in Family History from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. In addition to her education at BYU and SJSU, Luana is an Accredited Genealogist® and has completed several in-depth tracks of study at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) which cover Advanced Genealogical Methods, Research in German Speaking Areas, Problem Solving in the Midwest, American Records and Research, Computers and Technology in Genealogy, Advanced Methodologies – Land Records, Forensic Genealogy and Genetic Genealogy.
She is a frequent lecturer at local and national conferences and institutes, including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the British Institute, RootsTech and through Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Luana is the conference chair for the National Genealogical Society‘s 2020 conference in Salt Lake City.
Luana is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild, the National Genealogical Society and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (IFSHWE). She has served as past president and director of the Utah Genealogical Association and currently serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and as a director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild.
In January 2015, she joined the faculty of BYU-Idaho as an online family history instructor teaching genealogical analysis and genealogy as a business courses.
Luana has authored the following articles:
- Darby, Luana. “Madison Cheadle is Found.” Crossroads Magazine 3, no. 2 (March 2008): 83-86.
- Darby, Luana. “Genealogy at the Research Center for the Utah State Archives and State Historical Society.” Crossroads Magazine 8, no. 4 (Fall 2013): 6-10.
- Darby, Luana and Elkins, Valerie. “Grounding Yourself in the GPS through Education.” Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly XXVIII, no. 4 (December 2013): 185-189.
Luana is also available for estate and forensic work.