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Professional Services

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 24, 2010

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I am a historian and researcher-for-hire specializing in the collections at the LDS Church History Library in Salt Lake City, with access to other rich archives (University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah State Archives, Utah State Historical Society, and others). My clients are typically top-rank scholars of Mormon and Utah history whose professional lives are too full to allow them time to sift through ever-expanding archival holdings for the relevant documents and new voices they need for their work.

Why I may be useful to your projects:

  • I work as a patron at the Church History Library virtually every day, surveying new collections and adding to my vast personal database of transcribed documents. I am there when you need me.
  • I have transcribed tens of thousands of pages of 19th century holographic material. I can read most such material easily and can transcribe it as rapidly (150+ wpm) and as accurately as if it had been typewritten text.
  • I have practical experience as a historian in my own right. My very first published article (“’Pursue, Retake & Punish’: The 1857 Santa Clara Ambush,” Utah Historical Quarterly 73:1 (Winter 2005), 64-86) won the Dale L. Morgan Award from the Utah State Historical Society. One client refers frequently to my “hunting instincts” – I somehow recognize that an obscure statement is important long before I realize exactly how it fits into the overall picture.
  • I have the patience to search large, unindexed record collections (minute books, newspapers, ledgers, correspondence) to find material invisible to less-patient scholars or their student assistants.
  • While I generally do not do genealogical research for hire, I am a skilled genealogist using the techniques of that field to locate documents and identify personal connections which are often overlooked by more traditional historians.
  • I have a great deal of experience translating between “Mormon speak” and the wider culture, so that clients without a background in Mormonism understand the nuances and sometimes inscrutable language of 19th century Mormonism.


AEParshall [at] AOL [dot] com


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For research and writing samples, see here.


For a sampling of unusual acknowledgments in the published works of satisfied clients, see here.

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