About

2015_SWM_aSteven Waltz Morrison has been a professional genealogist since 2006. He is president of the Puget Sound chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists for 2017-18, and a past president of the Olympia Genealogical Society in Olympia the state capitol of Washington.

Steven attained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College, where he taught as an adjunct faculty in the graduate program (1987-1994). In recent years, he’s advanced his genealogical education by attending now twelve genealogical institutes including: the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR),  the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and the British Institute at Salt Lake City. In January 2018, Steven will coordinate and instruct in a SLIG course titled Exploring Quaker Records – At Home and Abroad

As an author, Steven’s genealogical journey began in 1998 with the self-publishing of a remembrance of his grandmother. The book is now part of a millennium time capsule on the Washington State Capitol Campus, and in the Family History Library collection at Salt Lake City. Since then, he’s authored multiple articles and books reviews regarding Quakers (Religious Society of Friends). These include two articles for Familia (the journal of the Ulster Historical Foundation), and others for Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies, Directory of Irish Family History Research, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. In 2016 Steven received the American Society of Genealogist (ASG) scholar award for his paper ”Quaker John Starr of Antrim and Cavan, Ireland and his five sons who sailed to Pennsylvania.”

Steven’s been an active genealogical presenter throughout the northwest, including the principle speaker at Seattle, Spokane, Yakima, and twice in Eugene, Oregon. While presenting at more than two dozen conferences and seminars, he also makes time to address local society meetings, and volunteer at family history expos. In 2007 he presented at the Family History & Genealogical Conference at Provo, Utah and has addressed international audiences in Northern Ireland twice. The first in 2012 at the Ulster American Historical Symposium, and then in 2015 at the Irish Friends (Quakers) Yearly Meeting.

With relatives in England, Steven has crossed the pond no less than six times, to undertake primary research in Ireland and United Kingdom. While these trips resulted in some break-through discoveries, they afforded an opportunity to visit the major repositories, numerous private libraries, and meet an amazing collection of truly warm and helpful people.