Ute Brandenburg became fascinated with old German when, as a child, she came across a box of letters her German grandfather had written during World War II. She taught herself to read, and eventually to write, in Grandfather’s handwriting. In the 1990s while living in Salt Lake City, the premier location for family history research, she worked as a German research specialist for a nationally recognized company.
As more and more German databases become available online, Ute is doing a considerable portion of her research projects from home. She also make regular visits to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and travels to Germany for research. In 2016, she visited archives in Kassel, Würzburg, Regensburg, Magdeburg, Osnabrück, and Aurich on behalf of clients in the United States.
Her most important inspiration has been her father, a history teacher, writer, avid genealogist, and proud grandson of German immigrants to Wisconsin, with whom Ute first explored the trails of her ancestors when she was twelve.