Fab40: Lisa Elzey


Lisa Elzey’s passion for family history began at 8 years old when she started her first family tree. Although she worked in the entertainment industry for 25 years, she landed her dream job at Ancestry eight years ago — a job that combined her love of storytelling with her love for ancestors. Lisa now helps people around the world find personal connections to their family stories as Ancestry’s producer and family historian. She has appeared on several TV shows such as “The View” and has led the Ancestry Corporate Research team on various family history projects including the “Finding Kamau Bell’’ series. Lisa specializes in family history DNA cases combined with genealogical evidence, as well as story producing for digital content pieces and programming opportunities. Lisa firmly believes there is a story in every family tree just waiting to be discovered. Her own story has included teaching theater at both BYU and UVU, as well as stage managing multiple theatrical productions. That’s some strong DNA!

Top of the Ferris Wheel “One of my career highlights with Ancestry has been my work with the SundanceTV short documentary film ‘Railroad Ties.’ I led the research on this project, I was a story producer, and I was also featured in the film.”

On Stilts “I owe all I have to every generation of my ancestry before me — my parents, grandparents, and so on — that pushed through their own trials and triumphs to make a better life for their descendants. To know and continue to learn their stories of love and sacrifice is humbling and inspiring.”

Grand Prize “Ancestry.com (that sounds self-serving, but I was a customer long before I worked there!)”

Rickety Ride “Learning to deal with and recover from failure. I’m not a competitive person with anyone other than myself, and I strive for excellence in all I do. That can be a double-edged sword when failure happens. Growth is painful, and it is often in those pits of darkness that we find our strength to climb out and regain our confidence with better understanding and greater empathy going forward.”


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