Associate of Arts, Fullerton College, 1983. Bachelor, California State University, Fullerton, 1987. Master of Arts, California State University, Fullerton, 1991.
Doctor of Philosophy, Claremont Graduate University, 2000.
Vice president Lineages, Inc., Salt Lake City, 1985-1989. Teacher Placentia (California) Unified School District, 1989-1991. Teacher oral history Northern Orange County College District, Fullerton, California, 1989-1991.
Teacher genealogy Rio Hondo College, Whittier, 1992-1994. Professor in library science California State University, San Jose, 1996, professor in history Fullerton, since 1996.
President Federation of Genealogical Societies, Austin, Texas, since 1987. Board directors Association Professional Genealogists, Denver, 1988-1992, Southern California Genealogy Society, Burbank, 1989-1992, California State Genealogical Alliance, Danville, since 1982. Fellow Utah Genealogical Association.
Member Federation Genealogical Societies (board directors 1987, president since 2004, Distinguished Service award 1995), California State Genealogical Alliance (president 1990-1998, Distinguished Service award 1982, 84, 94-96), Southern California History Society, National Genealogical Society (standing committee member since 1996), American History Association, Southwest Oral History Association (vice president 2001-2003, president 2003-2004, board directors 2004-2006).
Married Bruce Alan Elliott, November 27, 1957 (divorced 1991). Children: Brian, Brad, Beth, Brent, Katrina, Kyle.