SCGS: Genealogy Jamboree
Early Bird Discount Available
Through 23 April

47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past

Saturday Banquet Speaker:
Kenyatta D. Berry
"Secrets from PBS's Genealogy Roadshow"
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Kenyatta D. Berry, Esq. is a co-host and genealogist on Genealogy Roadshow (PBS). A native of Detroit, Ms. Berry began her genealogical journey while in law school and studying at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing. Having accumulated more than fifteen years of experience in genealogy research and writing, she is on the Council of the Corporation for the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and has appeared on many radio and TV programs. A frequent lecturer and writing, her focus is on African American, Slave Ancestral Research and DNA.

SA053 Saturday Banquet: Secrets from PBS's Genealogy Roadshow

Dr. Jan Joyce Ahrens
Dr. Jan Joyce Ahrens
, has researched her own family for over 15 years. She has recently completed Boston University’s Certificate Program in Genealogical Research, Advanced Methodology Course (2016), Intermediate Studies session at IGHR, the NGS Research Trip to Washington D.C., Return to the Cradle of Irish Presbyterianism, the British Institute, and GenProof. Her background includes earning several business and marketing degrees, working in the marketing industry, and teaching marketing.

SU-B Easily Create a Video of Your Family Research to Share with Family
Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A
Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A
., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of ten books and hundreds of magazine articles.

FR015 Plot, Plan & Scheme: Storyboarding for Genealogists
SA009 Getting Started with Eastern European Research
SA028 Researching Eastern European Archives from Your Easy Chair
Ron Arons
Ron Arons. Over the past 15 years, Ron Arons has given more than 400 presentations across the country and internationally on topics of Jewish criminality and genealogy. He has published three books including The Jews of Sing Sing and, most recently, Mind Maps for Genealogy. Ron earned degrees from Princeton and the University of Chicago.

SU008 Handwriting Analysis for Genealogists
Emily D. Aulicino, MA
Emily D. Aulicino, MA,
a genealogist since 1970, has given multiple presentations on genetic genealogy and writing family stories for a variety of cultural groups and internationally for WDYTYA, BTOP and Germany. She was interviewed for television, newspapers, and blogtalk radio. She writes two blogs and has published a book on genetic genealogy. Her articles have appeared in Irish Roots (Ireland) and genealogical societies’ publications. She is a speaker for the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG), and is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) and OGC.

FR-B I've Tested My DNA; Now What?
FR028 Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy
James M. Baker, PhD, CG
James M. Baker, PhD, CG® is a Board-Certified Genealogist (CG®) with a specialty in German research. He has written articles for the NGSQ, the NGS Magazine, and Der Blumenbaum, the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) Quarterly. He has given over 100 genealogy presentations in the past three years at local, regional, and national events.

FR033 German Genealogy Sources for Areas No Longer in Germany

James M. Beidler
James M. Beidler the author of Trace Your German Roots Online: A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites and The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide, writes “Roots & Branches,” an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of the MAGS journal, Der Kurier. He is also an instructor for the online Family Tree University.

FR008 German Immigrant Waves: Contrasts and Sources
FR022 Online German Church Registers, Duplicates and Substitutes

Sheila Benedict
Sheila Benedict is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino with a BA, Political Science. She has post-graduate course work in history and writing, completed several years of French and Spanish and a certificate in archival studies. Her genealogical education includes courses completed at the Forensic Genealogy Institute, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, National Genealogical Society, National Institute on Genealogical Research, and a genealogical proof standards workshop. She is self-employed as a genealogical, historical, and forensic genealogist. She taught beginning and intermediate genealogy and oral history techniques for four years at a local community college.

FR014 Research Techniques Using the Social Sciences
FR034 Case Studies in Forensic and Family Genealogy

Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.,
is an intellectual property attorney in upstate New York. He is the administrator of several DNA projects and the author of The Genetic Genealogist (, one of the longest-running blogs devoted to genetic genealogy and personal genomics.

FR-C Third-Party Tools for Autosomal DNA
FR028 Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy

Warren Blatt
Warren Blatt
is the Managing Director of JewishGen ( He is the author of Resources for Jewish Genealogy in the Boston Area (JGS of Greater Boston, 1996); and co-author (with Gary Mokotoff) of Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy (Avotaynu, 1999). He was the Chair of the 15th International Seminar on Jewish Genealogy. In 2004, he was awarded the IAJGS’ Lifetime Achievement Award in Jerusalem.

SU006 Polish-Jewish Genealogical Research

Charlotte Bocage
Charlotte Marie Bocage
is a full-time professional genealogist with more than four decades of experience. The 1977 TV series Roots inspired her to put a name to what she had been doing for so long and to formally continue her genealogical search. Charlotte has been sharing her knowledge since 1999. She is the Bloom and Bocage Family genealogist and historian, tracing her paternal family back to 19th Century Louisiana. Charlotte graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies.

SU032 Are You Lost in Louisiana Research?
Jim Brewster
Jim Brewster
received a bachelor of arts in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and has always been interested in the history of the human family, both anthropologically and genealogically. He has been working on his own genealogy for years and volunteers as a Family History consultant at his local Family History Center. Jim has turned his passion for Family History and the human condition into a career with Family Tree DNA, where he is Group Project Liaison.

SA006 Getting Your Results is Just the Beginning
SU025 Connecting with your Eastern European Genetic Origins
Bruce Buzbee
Bruce Buzbee
is the founder and president of RootsMagic, Inc., and the author of RootsMagic genealogy software. For over 20 years Bruce has been writing genealogy software, having originally written the popular Family Origins program. Bruce has taught thousands of users the ins and outs of RootsMagic, from the basics for beginners to advanced topics for the genealogy professional. Bruce is also the webmaster of, the world's most popular family reunion planning site, as well as the author of Family Reunion Organizer software.

FR029 What’s New in RootsMagic 7
SA003 RootsMagic: Your Home Base for Your Online Research
John Catron
John Catron
is the voice of Legacy Books®. Earning his degree in business management, he went on to work in the marketing and PR department of a Boston based athletic organization. He gained valuable experience in interview processes, program creation, large event management and writing. His love of people and warm personality encourages in-depth interviews and discussions with clients. John ensures every Legacy Book is crafted with the individuality best suited to each project.

SA002 Saturday Breakfast: Eating the Preservation Elephant – Five Ways to Preserve Your Legacy for the Future
Shannon S. Christmas, MCP
Shannon S. Christmas, MCP
, specializes in genetic, colonial American, and African-American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas. He serves as a 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, administrator of The Captain Thomas Graves of Jamestown Autosomal DNA Project, and a co-administrator of The Hemings-Jefferson-Wayles-Eppes Autosomal DNA Project. Shannon has a special interest in employing autosomal DNA to verify and extend pedigrees, assess the veracity of oral history, and reconstruct ancestral genomes.

FR012 Making the Cousin Connection: Communicating with DNA Matches
FR028 Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy
SA041 Decode your DNA: Strategies for Beginning Genetic Genealogy
Crista Cowan
Crista Cowan
has been employed by Ancestry since 2004; her involvement in family history, however, reaches all the way back to childhood. From being parked under a microfilm reader at the Family History Library in her baby carrier to her current career as a professional genealogist, Crista has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories. She is known as The Barefoot Genealogist and has a weekly internet show designed to help people discover their family history.

SA004 Successful Searching on
SA023 Racial Designations over Time
Ross Curtis
Ross Curtis
joined the AncestryDNA team in January of 2012. He is a computational biologist specializing in genetics and visual analytics and loves applying his expertise to family history and genealogy.

FR020 Expand and Support Your Genealogy Research with DNA Tools
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
, journalist, genealogist and speaker, Schelly Talalay Dardashti has traced her family across Spain, Belarus, Russia, Lithuania and Iran for some 30 years. MyHeritage’s US Genealogy Advisor, former Jerusalem Post genealogy columnist and pioneer Jewish geneablogger, she created “Tracing the Tribe – Jewish Genealogy on Facebook.' Her articles are in FamilyTree Magazine, Avotaynu, NGS Quarterly, The Forward, Hadassah and JTA, and she co-admininsters the IberianAshkenaz DNA Project at FTDNA.

SA045 The New Frontier: Genealogy on Facebook
David Dowell, PhD.
David Dowell, PhD.
, was librarian for 35 years and has two degrees in history and two in library science. He has researched family histories since the 1960s. His most recent books are Crash Course in Genealogy (2011) and NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection (2015). Previously he taught “Genealogy Research” and “Ethics in the Information Age” at Cuesta College and chaired the Genealogy Committee of the ALA. He blogs as “Dr. D Digs Up Ancestors” at and coordinates three DNA projects.

FR028 Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy
Alice Fairhurst
Alice M. Fairhurst, MS,
is a past President of the Southern California Genealogical Society ( and is serving as the Jamboree Chair for 2016. From 2006 to 2015 she managed the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) Y-DNA Haplotree tree, cited in many academic papers. Prior to retirement from JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), she taught at Cal Poly Pomona and Glendale Community College. An avid genealogist, she first started recording her family stories when in grammar school and has traced her Scottish, Irish, and French roots back to the old country.

FR028 Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy
J. H. Fonkert, CGSM
J. H. (“Jay”) Fonkert, CG®
is a Minnesota-based genealogy researcher, educator, and writer, focusing on 19th-century Midwest research. His favorite research target is the Fawkner family of Kentucky and Indiana. He is a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, a past-director of APG, and a past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He has published more than 60 research and teaching articles in Minnesota Genealogist, The Septs, Family Chronicle, NGS Magazine and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

SA032 Using Military Pension Files to Fill Gaps in Family History
SU018 Why Were They There? Merging Evidence to Understand Migration
SU028 What Did She Mean? Interpreting Informants' Historical Accounts
Ted Gostin
Ted Gostin
has been a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources and immigration & naturalization records. He is the author of Southern California Vital Records: Volume 1, Los Angeles County 1850-1859.

He was featured on the Larry Lamb episode of the original BBC version of the popular television show Who Do You Think You Are? He owns both Gostin Research Associates and Generations Press, and is a member of APG.

SA005 Vital Records Online: Beyond Ancestry and FamilySearch
SA043 Polish State Archives Databases
Colleen Greene, MLIS
Colleen Greene, MLIS
is a librarian, web developer, content strategist, and educator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Masters of Library & Information Science, and a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University. Colleen is currently the Marketing & Web Systems Librarian for the Pollak Library at California State University, Fullerton, and will be teaching a graduate genealogy course online for the San Jose State University School of Information in summer 2015.

SA035 An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors
Colleen Greene, MLIS
Trevor Hammond,
Marketing Director at and has worked in the family history industry for over 10 years and enjoys making historical documents more accessible via the Internet.

SU004 Getting to Know Fold3
SU020 Finding Family on
Anita R. Henderson
Anita R. Henderson
, known as The Author’s Midwife, Anita is an author’s coach and mentor, and owner of The Write Image, a book publishing services company. She has developed a systematic approach to writing and publishing a book. Through her Write Your Life program, authors overcome the struggles of writing, publishing, and marketing a book, so they can tell their unique stories and reach their book publishing goals.

TH-C Organizing Notes to Write a Compelling Story
FR001 Nuts and Bolts of Storytelling: Elements of Memoir & Historical Narrative
FR031 Reverse Engineer a Genie Book: Creating Narrative from Evidence in Documents
Michael Nolden Henderson, LCDR, USN Ret
Michael Nolden Henderson, LCDR, USN Ret
, began his research 30 years ago. He is the author of Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation, winner of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award from the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group. His book detailed the research that led to him becoming the first African American in Georgia inducted into the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution. In 2010, he was featured on the PBS program, History Detectives.

FR024 Manumissions and Motivations: Uncovering Possible Family Connections

Jean Hibben
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG®
, former So. Cal. college speech professor (MA – Speech Communication; PhD – Folklore) is a Board Certified genealogist, national speaker, and author. She is the former director and current staff trainer for the Corona, CA Family History Center, worked on Travel Channel’s Follow Your Past (to be aired in 2016), and hosts podcasts with Gena Philibert-Ortega, promoting their joint venture “GenealogyJourneys.” With over 35 years of research experience, she is a former board member of APG and current VP of its So. Cal. Chapter, VP of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Western Reg. Rep of the Int’l Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and current 1st VP of the Corona Gen. Society. Her website is:

TH-A Understanding Gothic German by Learning to Write It: You, Too, Can Read Those Records
FF-E Why and How to Become a Professional Genealogist
SU022 Beware the Enchanted Forest: Perils and Pitfalls of On-line Trees

Lynn A. (Butch) Hibben, CLA
Lynn A. (Butch) Hibben, CLA
is a Certified Legacy Advisor, started in the computer field in the late 1950s while serving in the U.S. Navy. A former square dance caller and an audio technician, having operated his own recording studio for a number of years, Butch has served as Assistant Director in the Corona Family History Center, helping maintain their computers for over a decade. He has been a teacher and lecturer for most of his life. Find him at the Living Legacy Project tab on

SU-A Five Computer Programs to Simplify the Life of a Genealogist

Janet Hovorka
Janet Hovorka, MLIS owns Family ChartMasters, an award winning genealogy chart printing service and is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap-Connect to Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History book and workbooks. Janet writes The Chart Chick blog and the Zap The Grandma Gap blog, has written for numerous genealogy publications and widely lectures about genealogy. She is the past president of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches genealogy and library science at SLCC.

SU017 Trip the Tree Fantastic: Intriguing Family History Trips for the Whole Family
SU035 18 Genealogy Contests to Play with Family Online
Sharon Hoyt, MLIS, CG
Sharon Hoyt, MLIS, CG®,
is a genealogy researcher and consultant from California’s Silicon Valley. Before focusing full time on genealogy, she managed intranet content and search tools as an information architect at large technology companies. As a native Californian whose family has lived in the state since the 1870s, she enjoys helping clients trace their ancestors’ paths to the Golden State. In addition to client research, Sharon has served as a consultant to

SA011 What a Story! Evaluating Family Legends and Genealogical Sources
SA050 The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS): An Overview
Richard Humphrey
Dick Humphrey
is the popular leader of the vibrant SCGS Family Tree Maker User Group. He was a presenter at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Jamborees. Since retiring from teaching science and managing the IT department at Harvard-Westlake School, he creates family history projects such as large tree charts, video slide shows and photo-history books and actively researches a variety of family history sources.

FF-A Introduction to Genealogy: First Steps
FR021 Family Tree Maker: Built-In Tools to Cleanup Your Tree
SA020 Family Tree Maker: Three Useful Tools
Cyndi Ingle
Cyndi Ingle,
a genealogist for more than 35 years, is the creator of Cyndi’s List (; author of three books for genealogical research on the Internet; a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society and active member in several other genealogical groups.

FR010 Unappreciated Treasures Online: Libraries, Archives & Digital Collections
SA018 Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research
SA036 Coordinating the Cloud: Ancestry, Dropbox, Evernote, FamilySearch, Google Drive and More

Tim Janzen
Tim Janzen, MD
is a family practice doctor in Portland, Oregon. He has had an interest in genealogical research for over 35 years and has particularly been involved in Mennonite genealogical research for the past 20 years. He is a co-administrator of the Mennonite DNA project. Tim has a strong interest in many areas of genetic genealogy, particularly in regards to phasing and autosomal DNA analysis. He is a consultant to the genetics company 23andMe as one of their Ancestry Ambassadors.

FR-A Autosomal DNA Chromosome Mapping Workshop
FR028 Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy
Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FCBS
Karen Mauer Jones, CG®, FCBS,
is the editor of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. She has served on boards of APG and FGS.

FR025 Cluster Methodology: A Case Study in Upstate New York
SA008 Low Bridge, Ev'rybody Down: Navigating the Erie Canal Records
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG®, CGL®, FASG, FUGA, FNGS,
who has edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, wrote the popular textbook Mastering Genealogical Proof. He started tracing his family history in 1963 and now works full-time as a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and teacher. He teaches week-long genealogy courses at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. Audiences typically leave his lectures understanding that genealogical research can be more challenging than they had thought, but also that it can be much more fun.

FR009 Getting Beyond the Bare Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestors' Lives
SA027 Organizing Evidence to Overcome Record Shortages
SA037 Maximizing Your Use of Evidence
Fritz Juengling, PhD, AG
Fritz Juengling, PhD, AG(R)
, received his Bachelor's degrees in International Studies with a German emphasis and Secondary Education from Western Oregon University, both with Honors. He received his Masters and PhD in Germanic Philology from the University of Minnesota. He is an Accredited Genealogist and is a Research Consultant on the International floor of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, where he specializes in German, Dutch, and Scandinavian research.

SA017 Germans in Russia Research
SA022 German Names: Their Origins, Meanings, and Distribution

Tessa A. Keogh
Tessa Ann Keough
, is a genealogist in transition (not her day job). She works on her own family history and special projects. These include a one-place study in Newfoundland, a one-name study of the Keough surname, a Google+ community (Legacy Virtual Users' Group), and a YouTube channel (TessaWatch). Tessa blogs at The Keough Corner and Scandia Musings. She contributes to Worldwide Genealogy and the May I Introduce To You feature at Geneabloggers.

SU010 Avoiding Shiny Penny Syndrome with Your Genealogy

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range.

SA052 German Genealogy on the Internet: Beyond the Basics
SU005 Beginning Swiss Research
SU036 How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in Pennsylvania Research

Finn Larson
Finn Larson
joined Ancestry in the spring of 2012 as a Senior Product Manager with focus on social integrations. About a year into his employment he jumped at the opportunity to join the Ancestry mobile app team, and has been working on both the iOS and Android apps for the two years. Finn is a firm believer in - and advocate for - the unique capabilities that mobile devices bring to the process of completing family history research.

FR013 Ancestry on the Go: Android and iOS
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen,AG(R)
, the daughter of avid genealogists, was born when her parents were well into their forties. Both sets of grandparents were born in the 1880's, and she enjoyed the stories they would tell of war, the 1918 influenza epidemic, the Depression, and raising a family during frugal times. The love of these ancestors' lives made history a vital part of her life. She is a former Family History Center Director and is a frequent speaker for various groups around the United States.

SA019 Putting America to Work: Records of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)
SA042 Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and Redemptioners: White Slavery in America
SU009 The Firelands, the Connecticut Western Reserve and the Ohio Territory
Connie Lenzen, CG
Connie Lenzen, CG®
, is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a past president of that organization. She teaches the Foundations module for Boston University’s Genealogy Certificate Program. She has served as a National Genealogical Society (NGS) Director. She authored the NGS Research in the States guide, Research in Oregon, and has written articles for the NGS Quarterly. She has served on the boards of local and state genealogical societies.

SA034 Strategies for Adoption Research and Finding Other Missing Persons
Janice Lovelace, PhD,
Janice Lovelace, PhD,
a genealogist who primarily lectures and writes on health, genetics, research methodology and her ethnic minority heritage, lives and lectures in the West. A licensed psychologist (with a degree in Biology), she recently retired from 30 years of tenured college teaching in the social sciences, including women’s studies and American Cultural studies. Janice is a member of APG, GSG, AAGHS and several local societies.

SA024 Who Owned Solomon? Finding 19th Century Slave Owners
Annette Burke Lyttle
Annette Burke Lyttle,
owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She has a master’s degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, as well as a number of national, state and local societies. She specializes in online and repository research, military research and Midwestern families with Revolutionary and Colonial roots.

SU014 Find Your Family's Story in Free Online Newspaper Archives
SU021 Use Timelines to Organize, Analyze, and Evaluate Evidence
Philipp Mayer
Philipp Mayer,
has thirty-five years of design and management experience. He is the author of Genealogy Presentations, 4 Decades of Pueblo’s German Club, Presentation is Everything, and INDEXING - Photographs and Documents and lectures throughout the US on organizing information. After twenty-five years of family research, he developed a unique process to organize, manage, and present information.

SU024 Indexing Photographs and Documents
Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew, PLCGS
Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew, PLCGS
a frequent Southern California speaker, has been involved with family history for over 25 years. Her specialties are land records,, and general genealogy research. She is the current president of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, past-president and current Board member of the Genealogical Society of North Orange County California, and past-president of the California State Genealogical Alliance.

TH-D Plotting Public Land Grants - Hands-on Workshop
FF-E Why and How to Become a Professional Genealogist
FR023 "If he could do it, I could, too" - Stories of Women Homesteaders
Peter McCracken
Peter McCracken
, is the publisher of, a site that helps people do research on specific ships. He holds a Masters in Library Science and a Masters in Maritime History. He was a reference librarian at East Carolina University and the University of Washington before co-founding Serials Solutions, a company that helps libraries manage electronic resources, in 2000. He has written a quarterly column about “Maritime History on the Internet” in Sea History magazine for the past ten years.

SU016 Looking for a Ship: How to Research the Vessels in Your Tree
David McDonald, DMin, CG
David McDonald, DMin, CG®
With nearly 40 years' research experience, Dave McDonald's genealogical work includes service as the forensic genealogist for the city of Chicago as it expanded O'Hare Airport and moved an historic 160-year-old cemetery from a new runway's path. Board-certified since 2004, he is a past president and current trustee of BCG. Dave served six years on the board of the National Genealogical Society, and has lectured throughout the US and UK. His personal research includes work in England, the Mid-Atlantic, colonial-era New York and Virginia, Kentucky, the Midwest and the Great Plains. He has also done extensive work in the UK and on Germanic lines from the sixteenth century onward.

SA039 Religious Congregations and their Records
SU011 An Illegitimacy: A Mid-19th Century German Immigrant to the US
SU029 Presidential Genealogy: The Ordinary Folk of Pennsylvania Avenue

Kathy Meade
Kathy Meade
, is the North American representative for ArkivDigital AD AB, a company that offers online access to newly photographed images of Swedish historical records. Kathy has spent more than ten years giving presentations, writing articles and helping persons with Swedish genealogy. She serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Swedish American Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.

FR016 Discover the Wealth of Records on ArkivDigital to Find Your Swedish Ancestors

Cheri Mello
Cheri Mello
, began dabbling in genealogy as a 5th grader with the U.S. History assignment. She began her active adult research 24 years ago, after the death of her remaining grandparents. Her expertise ranges from various areas of America, to Portugal, as well as DNA, genealogy software, Find A Grave, and more!

SU007 Thinking like Sherlock Holmes: Ways to Analyze Your Genealogy
SU034 Find a Grave: A Virtual Cemetery on the Internet
Debbie Mieszala, CG
Debbie Mieszala, CG®
, specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th-century research, and the Midwest. She has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Debbie’s work has been published in NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist, and OnBoard!. She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Follow her blog The Advancing Genealogist.

SU031 U. S. Passport Applications
Sharon D. Monson
Sharon D. Monson
, is the founder of GenSearch and more blog, author of Shortcut to Genealogy Sources, and creator of the Genealogy Kit. She is a frequent family history conference presenter. Sharon has extensive online research experience, as well as in courthouses, the Family History Library, and repositories spanning 30+ years. She shares her tips for simplifying the research process in her Blog on the website.

SA051 The Faithful: Early U.S. Church Records
Jill Morelli
Jill Morelli,
a passionate genealogist, lectures about her Midwestern, northern German and Scandinavian ancestors. Her lively presentations on intermediate and advanced methodologies, unique records sets, Swedish research and house histories convey information that is readily usable by attendees whatever their skill level.

SA016 Fire Insurance Maps: The Google Maps of Their Day!
SA030 Blog Your Family History: Eating the Elephant One Bite at a Time

George G. Morgan
George G. Morgan
is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents in the US, Canada, England, on cruise ships, and webinars. He is the prolific author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. His twelfth book, the fourth edition How to Do Everything: Genealogy, was released in January 2015. He is co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast,the longest running genealogical podcast with thousands of listeners worldwide.

FF-D Librarian's Boot Camp
FR017 Ships Passenger Lists: 1820-1954
FR035 Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis

Stephen P. Morse, PhD,
Stephen P. Morse, PhD,
is the creator of the One-Step Website, for which he has received numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. In his other life he is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086, which sparked the PC revolution 35 years ago.

FR005 One Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools
Michael John Neill
Michael John Neill,
has been actively engaged in genealogy research for over twenty-five years. An experienced courthouse and archives researcher, Michael has lectured on a variety of genealogy topics, lead research trips, and blogs regularly at

SA012 Reconstructing Families in pre-1850 Census Records
SA040 Abraham's Not There in 1840. How Ohio Land Records Explained a Missing Census Enumeration
SU003 Restacking the Blocks: Organizing Your Information
Mark Olsen
Mark Olsen
is the MyHeritage Business Development Manager and serves as a Director on the FGS board of Directors as well as on the ExtremeGenes Radio Show board. Mark has a degree in Family History with an emphasis in Spanish Records from Brigham Young University. Mark lives in Lehi, Utah and is married to Sara, they are the proud parents of seven children and two grandchildren.

SA014 Powerful Tools to Accelerate Your Research using
Gena Philibert-Ortega
Gena Philibert-Ortega,
holds Master’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Religion. She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. Her latest book is From the Family Kitchen (F + W Media 2012).

TH-F Enhancing Your Genealogy with Social History
FR003 Women's Work: Tracing Your Ancestor's Occupations and Volunteer Work
FR019 I'm in the Book: Researching Women in Directories
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGL®,
is a western Pennsylvania researcher and co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She is the immediate past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists; an instructor for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course; coordinator of Samford University’s IGHR “Professional Genealogy” course and co-coordinator of SLIG’s 2013 “Credentialing: AG, CG®, or Both?” course.

TH-B Bridging the Decades: Little Used Clues from the Census
FR018 Problems and Pitfalls of a "Reasonably Shallow" Search
FR030 Patriot or Not? Using the GPS on a Closed DAR Line
Michael Provard
Michael Provard,
has been involved in the genealogy and family history community for more than 29 years. He began his career as a library attendant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. As an employee of FamilySearch he has worked at the Library in acquisitions and photoduplication, at the Granite Mountain Records Vault, and for 10 years supporting the 2,000 family history centers in North America. In 2012 he joined the Marketing team as an operational and logistical coordinator. He has taught many classes to local groups and at national genealogical conferences. He specializes in beginning research, Midwest and British research.

FR002 FamilySearch Tips & Tricks: Focus on Search Strategies and Hunting
SA001 FamilySearch Breakfast - What's New at FamilySearch and a Sneak Peek at What's on the Horizon
SA046 Using FamilySearch Resources to Do California Ancestral Research
Barbara M. Randall
Barbara M. Randall
, an SCGS board member, is active in SCGS activities including moderating the Jamboree Extension Series Webinar series. Barbara is a member of APG, NGS, Genealogical Speakers Guild, NEHGS, NYG&B. She is editor of the British Isles Family History Society-USA Journal and president of the British Isles Family History Society-USA. Barbara is a DAR volunteer genealogist/consultant. She is a special education middle school teacher/coordinator.

SA031 Land, Lots of Land! Land Records
SU027 All Aboard: Staying on Track with Your Research
Geoffrey D. Rasmussen
Geoffrey D. Rasmussen
the recipient of the 'RootsTech Distinguished Presenter' award, is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from BYU and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is the host of the webinar series, and has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.

SA013 Using the Latest Legacy Family Tree Software
SA038 Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard and Powerful
David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
David Rencher, AG(R), CG®, FIGRS, FUGA, is employed by the Family History Department in Salt Lake City as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a BA in Family and Local History. A professional genealogist since 1977, he holds credentials as both an Accredited and Certified genealogist. Since 1997, he serves as the Irish course coordinator and instructor for the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Utah Genealogical Association. David is a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London and is currently an instructor for the British Institute where he also serves as the vice-president of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. He currently serves on the Board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

FR036 Friday Night Banquet - Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past
Mary Kircher Roddy
Mary Kircher Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington. She is an active member of the Seattle Genealogical Society and speaks frequently in the Seattle area. On a recent sabbatical she had the chance to join up with Botany Bay Family History Society in Australian and speak to their members. Mary is a frequent contributor to YourGenealogyToday and Internet Genealogy magazines.

SU012 Read 'em or Weep: Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR
Jane Neff Rollins
Jane Neff Rollins, began researching her family history when you had to hand scroll microfilm at the Family History Library. The first time she recognized her great-grandfather’s family on the 1900 census, she burst into tears. As a professional genealogist, Jane specializes in researching Eastern European Jewish ancestry, although some of her clients have deep roots in colonial America. Jane speaks, reads, and writes Russian and French, and has transliterated/translated Russian census, directory, and vital records entries for many online databases over the last 20 years.

SU023 Sensitive Subjects in Genealogy: What to Conceal, What to Reveal
SU030 Learn Just Enough Russian for Genealogy
Randy Seaver
Randy Seaver, is a native San Diegan. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992. Randy speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, and teaches "Beginning Computer Genealogy" adult classes at OASIS. He blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe.

FF-F Use Social Media to Benefit Your Society and Your Research
Janice M. Sellers
Janice M. Sellers, is a professional genealogist specializing in Jewish, black, forensic, and newspaper research. She edits four genealogy publications and serves on the boards of San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, and CSGA. She is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and CGS. Her website is

SA025 Get Me to the Church on Time: Finding Religious Records

Drew Smith, MLS
Drew Smith, MLS,
is a librarian at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library. He is co-host and co-producer of the award-winning Genealogy Guys Podcast. He is author of the 2009 GPC book Social Networking for Genealogists, and co-author of the 2013 McGraw-Hill book Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques. He is a past Secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a past Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

FF-D Librarian's Boot Camp
FR007 Organizing Your Genealogical Communications
FR026 Organizing Your Genealogical Files

Nicka J. Smith
Nicka J. Smith,
is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 17 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.

FR006 Everything You Wanted to Know about African-American Genealogy but Were Afraid to Ask
FR032 Transcending the Black Hole: Records to Reconstruct 1881-1899

Diahan Southard
Diahan Southard
. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead Diahan to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. Diahan's lectures are always upbeat, and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

FR011 The Combined Power of YDNA and Autosomal DNA: A Case Study
Michael L. Strauss, AG
Michael L. Strauss, AG(R)
, is a professional Accredited Genealogist and a nationally recognized genealogical lecturer. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran and a licensed Private Investigator in Virginia. He is a qualified expert witness in court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Additionally, he is an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II.

SA021 Refugees, Claims, and Conscription: Your Ancestors during Reconstruction
SA044 Secret Societies: Finding Your Ancestors in Fraternal Organizations
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG®, FUGA, FMGS
works full-time in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. She is a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research institute of Pittsburgh, is on the board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Her articles and lectures focus on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, analysis, repositories, and Native Americans. She is accessible for questions at presentations and enjoys assisting others.

TH-E What Next? Workshop for Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans
FR027 Tracking Migrations and More: The Records of Old Settlers Organizations
SA007 Publicize It and Publicize It: Increasing Attendance at Society Events
Anna Swayne
Anna Swayne
has ten years of experience in the DNA Genealogy world. Her focus is educating on the power of DNA and the story it can unlock for each of us.

SA029 Cracking the Case with DNA
Cari A. Taplin, CG
Cari A. Taplin, CG®,
is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least the stories her grandparents told her as a child said so. As a result, she has been working on finding her true heritage since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but migrated to Wyoming, Colorado and now Pflugerville, Texas, which is just outside of Austin. Cari has served on a wide variety of volunteer positions for local and state societies over the years. She also serves as mom to two/too cute kids.

SU033 An Obituary Obsession: Finding and Analyzing Obituaries for Successful Research
Tom Underhill
Tom Underhill
published his first book 20 years ago. He specializes in publishing high-quality, short-run books, including family histories, memoirs, and photo and fine art books. Tom has received design awards and genealogical accolades for his books. During the last several years, Tom produced more than 400 family history heirloom books, printed more than 12.5 million pages and scanned more than 13,500 photographs. Tom is the author of thirteen books.

SA026 Safety and Security in Today's Digital World
SA033 iPhonetography
Pam Vestal
Pam Vestal
is a professional genealogist and speaker from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. When she isn’t giving presentations or researching on behalf of her clients, she offers private training to those seeking to improve their research skills. She is currently writing a book about voting records and has an article on the subject that will be published in the December 2015 issue of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

SU002 Eastern European Genealogy: If I Can Do It, So Can You!
SU026 Voting Records: Genealogy's Best Kept Secret
Kim R. von Aspern-Parker
Kim R. von Aspern-Parker
has a background that includes work as a dance instructor, dental assistant, journalist and public relations expert. She began researching her ancestors 28 years ago, this has led to an ongoing career in genealogy spanning almost two decades. Through her business, Seven Sisters Genealogical Group, she lectures, does client research, teaches, provides research coaching and research tours. Ms. von Aspern-Parker is a member of APG, NGS, SCGS, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild.

SA048 Railroad Records
Angela Yvette Walton-Raji
Angela Yvette Walton-Raji
, has a national reputation as genealogist, author and lecturer. Her book, Black Indian Genealogy Research, is the only book of its kind focusing on the unique Oklahoma Freedmen Records. Beyond her public appearances, she hosts 3 blogs, 3 websites, and she hosts the ongoing African Roots Podcast.

SA015 Finding Indian Ancestors in African American Families
SA049 Black Benevolent Societies of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Kathy Warburton
Kathy Warburton
has been researching her own family history, as well as helping others research theirs, for over 30 years. She begin working for FamilySearch in 1987 and has held a variety of positions there, including assisting patrons with British Research at the Family History Library. She is currently a Public Outreach manager.

SA010 FamilySearch: Capturing the Past
SU013 Back Home in Ireland: Following the Trail to Patrick Murphy's Origins

Joel D. Weintraub, PhD
Joel D. Weintraub, PhD
is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University Fullerton, and was a volunteer for nine years at the National Archives, then in Laguna Niguel, CA. For over a decade, Joel has created search tools for the U.S. and New York City censuses that are freely available on the Steve Morse 'One-Step' website. He has given presentations on census (both federal and NYC), immigration and naturalization, biographical and Jewish genealogy topics and has published articles on many of those topics.

SU015 Crowdsourcing the Path to the 1950 U.S. Census
SU019 "Manifest Destiny" - Names at Ellis Island

Randy Whited
Randy Whited,
an avid researcher for over thirty years, Randy Whited is active in the genealogical community. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Randy chairs its Technology committee and is also a columnist for the FGS FORUM. Randy is also the Director for Development for the Texas State Genealogical Society. A data and technology junkie, Randy has over 20 years of experience in information technology and business intelligence.

FR004 Genograms for Family Medical History and Cluster Research

Randy Whited
Paul Alan Woodbury
, is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied Genetics and Family History. He currently works as an outreach manager and DNA specialist for Legacy Tree Genealogists. He also works as an online course developer for Salt Lake Community College. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul specializes in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Scandinavian research and regularly presents on research topics related to these fields.

SU001 Sunday Scholarship Breakfast Sponsored by Legacy Tree Genealogists