Schuldt teaches family history across an Internet-wide audience

Teaching is a varied field, which extends to all sorts of subjects and purposes. Marlo E. Schuldt is a teacher, but in a non-traditional way. “I’m in a completely different mode of teaching, and my subject matter sometimes surprises people,” Schuldt said. “I’ve taught several webinars to people about family history software.”

Schuldt graduated from BYU in 1974 with a master’s degree in speech pathology and a minor in education from the McKay School. He now teaches classes at the BYU Family History Library on Sunday, but he reaches much wider audiences through his webinars. “My physical classroom is very small but extremely huge in coverage since it is a virtual one,” Schuldt said. “I don’t see my students’ faces, but I do see their names, and they hear my voice. They follow my instructions as I teach and tutor them in a variety of subjects.”

Schuldt is the president of LifeStory Productions, which is a complete family history management system with “how-to” videos and web tutorials. His company’s mission is to make it “easier for people to learn to use their home computer and scanners to capture and enhance photos, to compose family stories, and to produce beautiful, high-quality family histories.” Schuldt accomplishes that mission by teaching students how to use Internet software now available for family history purposes.

However, Schuldt’s webinars also focus on other topics. “One of the concepts I present in my webinar is that I encourage my students to become mentors to help teach and get their family, including kids and grandkids, started in family history,” Schuldt explained. “I also give suggestions on how to heal strains within families using family history.”

So although his audience is broad, ranging from pre-teens to great-grandparents and reaching throughout many nations, Schuldt is able to teach them because they all have one thing in common: “They all love their families—both [present] and past generations,” Schuldt said. “Because of that, they want to leave a legacy of stories for future generations to feast upon and benefit from.”

Schuldt and his wife, Leanna, currently live in Orem, Utah. They have five children and fourteen grandchildren.