Dr. Jan Joyce Ahrens, has researched her own family for over 15 years.
She has recently completed Boston Universitys 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., 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. 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, 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® 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 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 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
FR014 Research Techniques Using the Social Sciences
FR034 Case Studies in Forensic and Family Genealogy
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 (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com),
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 is the Managing Director of JewishGen (www.jewishgen.org). 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 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 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 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 Family-Reunion.com, the world's most popular family reunion
planning site, as well as the author of Family Reunion Organizer software.
FR029 Whats New in RootsMagic 7
SA003 RootsMagic: Your Home Base for Your Online Research
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, 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 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 Ancestry.com
SA023 Racial Designations over Time
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, journalist, genealogist
and speaker, Schelly Talalay Dardashti has traced her family across Spain, Belarus,
Russia, Lithuania and Iran for some 30 years. MyHeritages 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., 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 http://blog.ddowell.com
and coordinates three DNA projects.
FR028 Ask the Experts about DNA and Genealogy
Alice M. Fairhurst, MS, is a past President of the
Southern California Genealogical Society (scgsgenealogy.com) 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 www.isogg.org/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. (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 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 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
Trevor Hammond, Marketing Director at Fold3.com and
Newspapers.com 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 Newspapers.com
Anita R. Henderson, known as The Authors Midwife,
Anita is an authors 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,
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 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 Channels 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 Intl
Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and current 1st VP of the Corona
Gen. Society. Her website is: http://www.circlemending.org.
TH-A Understanding Gothic German by Learning to Write It: You, Too, Can Read
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 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 circlemending.org.
SU-A Five Computer Programs to Simplify the Life of a Genealogist
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
SU035 18 Genealogy Contests to Play with Family Online
Sharon Hoyt, MLIS, CG®, is a genealogy researcher
and consultant from Californias 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 Ancestry.com.
SA011 What a Story! Evaluating Family Legends and Genealogical Sources
SA050 The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS): An Overview
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, a genealogist for more than 35 years, is
the creator of Cyndis List (www.cyndislist.com); 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
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, 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, 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,
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(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
SA017 Germans in Russia Research
SA022 German Names: Their Origins, Meanings, and Distribution
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
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 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(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®, is certified
by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a past president of that
organization. She teaches the Foundations module for Boston Universitys
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
SA034 Strategies for Adoption Research and Finding Other Missing Persons
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 womens 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, owns Heritage Detective, LLC,
providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing.
She has a masters degree in English and a bachelors 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, has thirty-five years of design and management
experience. He is the author of Genealogy Presentations, 4
Decades of Pueblos 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 a frequent Southern
California speaker, has been involved with family history for over 25 years.
Her specialties are land records, FamilySearch.com, 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, is the publisher of ShipIndex.org,
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® 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, 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, 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®, 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. Debbies 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, 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 gensearchandmore.com website.
SA051 The Faithful: Early U.S. Church Records
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 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, 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, 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 www.genealogytipoftheday.com.
SA012 Reconstructing Families in pre-1850 Census Records
SA040 Abraham's Not There in 1840. How Ohio Land Records Explained a Missing
SU003 Restacking the Blocks: Organizing Your Information
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 MyHeritage.com
Gena Philibert-Ortega, holds Masters 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, Genas 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®, 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 Universitys Genealogical Research
Certificate course; coordinator of Samford Universitys IGHR Professional
Genealogy course and co-coordinator of SLIGs 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, 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, 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 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 FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series, and has spoken virtually to
nearly 100 different countries. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History
SA013 Using the Latest Legacy Family Tree Software
SA038 Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard and Powerful
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
FR036 Friday Night Banquet - Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past
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, began researching her
family history when you had to hand scroll microfilm at the Family History Library.
The first time she recognized her great-grandfathers 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, 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, 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 ancestraldiscoveries.com.
SA025 Get Me to the Church on Time: Finding Religious Records
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, 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. 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(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 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 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®, 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
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
SA026 Safety and Security in Today's Digital World
Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker
from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. When she
isnt 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 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, 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 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 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, 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
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