Bret Petersen developed a love of family history research at a young age and it continued through his college years at Brigham Young University where he graduated with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Education.

His interest in computers spurred to him into professional training, support and management roles in various technology companies.

His passion for family history research and the growth of computer-assisted research led him to the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group where he served as volunteer webmaster for more than 10 years.  

He is a past President of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research and had completed courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. As a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild he has been a presenter and teacher for groups ranging from just a few to several hundred participants.

He loves teaching and helping others learn all they can about using technology in researching their family history.

He also enjoys sharing his family history data with any of his relatives via his online family history site at where registered family users can view, edit, download, contribute and collaborate in a very powerful online family history environment. 

Others are welcome to look, but will only see certain details on deceased family members.