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Jennifer Alford, PE, PTOE, is a Professional Engineer and genealogy professional, specializing in the Midwest and Jewish ancestry. She is publisher of The In-Depth Genealogist’s magazine, Going In-Depth.

We're Here in America, Now What?- (04-November-2017)
Hannah Z. Allan, a BYU Family-History and Genealogy graduate, is the Genealogist for the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon. She is also Vice-Chair of the Portland Metro Cemetery Advisory Committee, a private researcher, and a speaker at both local and national events. She has also worked for BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy and Immigrant Ancestors Project.

Where Have They Gone? Researching Ancestors who Chased Gold - (04-October-2014)
Lisa A. Alzo, MFA, 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 nine books and numerous magazine articles. An avid genealogist for more than 22 years, Lisa also chronicles her family history adventures on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist for more information.

Make Those Skeletons Dance: Exploring Your Family's Dark Side -
Timesaving Apps for Busy Genealogists -
Family History Writing Made Easier: Cloud-based Tools Every Genealogist Can Use - (05 Jan 2013)
Immigrant Cluster Communities Past, Present,and Future - (21-Sept-2011)
Tracing your Immigrant Ancestors -
Ron Arons, for fifteen years Ron has given fun and informative talks internationally on many genealogical topics, from 'Finding Living People' to 'Maps Madness' to 'Researching Criminal Ancestors'. Ron is currently in his third year of training in 'Family Systems Theory' which, he believes, adds significant perspective to genealogical research. Ron earned degrees from Princeton and the University of Chicago.

Nifty and Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis and Documentation - (03-May-2014)
Emily D. Aulicino, Emily speaks on genetic genealogy & writing family stories nationally and internationally; was interviewed for TV, newspapers, and blogtalk radio; writes two blogs; and wrote a genetic genealogy book.

Using atDNA to Verify and Expand Genealogy- (05-August-2017)

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Kerry S. Bartels is an Archives Specialist at the National Archives at Riverside. A professional archivist since 1977, he has worked in historical societies, libraries, museums, universities, state archives, and now at the National Archives. A genealogist since 1962, he has done extensive research in the United States and Canada as well as many nations in Europe.

Neither Filmed or Scanned: NARA Treasurers Await
- (18-July-2012) (PUBLIC)
SU-019 - Military Records at the National Archives. (2012 Jamboree session) (PUBLIC)
SA-038 - National Archives Website Microfilm Catalog, Archival Databases, and Guides. (2012 session) (PUBLIC)
SA-043 - The Many Facets of the National Archives Website (2011 Jamboree session) (PUBLIC)
James M. Baker, PhD, CG® earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Utah and is retired from a career in the aerospace industry. He has been an officer of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society and has written 12 articles for its quarterly publication. He has also written articles for NGS Magazine and NGSQ (forthcoming). For the past 10 years, he has volunteered at the Sacramento FHC as a German specialist. He has given genealogy presentations locally, regionally, and nationally, at the NGS Annual Family History Conference (forthcoming in May 2014). In 2011, he completed the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) requirements to become a Certified Genealogist with specialties in German and Midwest US research.

So Many Historic Books: How Can I Find My People? - (19-April-2017)
The Peripatetic Germans: Emigration and Immigrations (1693-1914) - (20-April-2016)
Seven Strategies for 'Finding the Hard Ones
- (20-August-2014)
Beth Balkite, was a certified genetic counselor for over 30 years. She is an alum of the Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. She worked as a genetic counselor in Connecticut at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Yale University, and Norwalk Hospital prior to joining Genzyme Genetics as manager of Clinical Genetics Services in 1993. In 1998 she was hired as Genetics Education Strategy Advisor for GlaxoSmithKline. She has continued as a genetics educator in several capacities before retiring in 2012. She has studied her own family history for years and is now one of just two genetic counselors to practice and teach genetic genealogy. She is an instructor at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke University in Durham, NC, where she teaches a course “Applying DNA to Your Family Tree.” In the summer of 2016 she taught a session in the Advanced Genetic Genealogy course at GRIP (Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh).

Family History + Health History Lead to Personalized Healthcare
- (18-Oct-2017)
Melissa Barker is a certified archives manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She is a professional genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about genealogy and archives research.

The Home Archivist: Preserving Family Records Like a Pro!
- (07-September-2019)
Loose Records in an Archive: What Are They?
- (4-August-2018)
Eric Basir owns a photo retouching studio in Evanston, IL. He serves the genealogical community as a teacher and author of two books and a video course about digital photo preservation and restoration.

Digital Organization for Documents and Photos
- (2-February-2013)

James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and writes “Roots & Branches,” a weekly newspaper column. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for the online Family Tree University.

Finding a German Home Village Online - (15-June-2015)
German Research Online - (15-July-2015)

Sheila Benedict is a forensic and family genealogist, lecturer, and archivist. Topics include migrations, methodology, Catholic records, California, forensic genealogy, Irish-Americans, California Historic Missions, and more. She writes a monthly genealogy column for the Santa Ynez Valley Star newspaper.

Migration Trails Are Paper Trails: Let's Pick Through the Crumbs - (04-January-2020)

Shannon Combs-Bennett, PLCGS is an author, lecturer, and researcher based out of northern Virginia. She presents on a variety of subjects from genetics to methodology and is currently enrolled in the Strathclyde University genealogy program.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Truth About Family Histories - (16-May-2018)

Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD, is an intellectual property attorney, popular speaker on DNA topics, and the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist. He has been interviewed on genealogical and personal genomics topics and quoted in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired magazine, and others.

FR018Bettinger2014DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard - (2014 Jamboree session)

F. Warren Bittner, CG®, is a genealogical researcher and lecturer with 30 years of research experience. He is a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He holds a Master of Science degree in history from Utah State University, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business from Brigham Young University.

FR034Bittner2014Proof Arguments How and Why - (2014 Jamboree session)
SA003Bittner2014Elusive Immigrant The Search for Dora Luhr - (2014 Jamboree session)
SA011Bittner-Beat The Children with a Fresh Birch Stick So the Animals Don't Get Worms
- (2012 Jamboree session)
SU003Bittner2012-Complex Evidence - (2012 Jamboree session)

Michael Booth is Vice President at RootsMagic, Inc. He is an accomplished trainer, having given hands-on entertaining presentations to thousands of individuals. With over 30 years of computer programming experience, Michael's latest creations are "Personal Historian" and "Family Atlas." He is also a developer of the popular RootsMagic genealogy software.

Genealogy on the Go -
Jana Sloan Broglin, CG®, OGSF, an Ohio native, is a professional genealogist, author and lecturer. She has served on the boards of the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She currently works as a freelance writer, editor, and manuscript indexer. Jana was named a Kentucky Colonel for her Kentucky publications.

The Key to the Courthouse - ( 12-Feb-2012)
Michael Brophy is a professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He has served as Program Director and Publicity Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Descendancy Research - (05-April-2014)
Erin in the USA: Irish Research on This Side of the Atlantic
- (20-March-2013)
Irish-American Catholic Genealogy - (03-March-2012)
Karen Burney has over 30 years of genealogical experience and teaches classes on various genealogical topics. She also comes from a legal and investigation background which she utilizes to sleuth for hidden and hard to find records. Karen has traced her own roots back 7-8 generations on several of her ancestral lines and currently has a book pending publication. She is the Founder of the Roots Exchange and Education Society (TREES) and maintains Louisiana Lineage Legacies Facebook page and blog.

US Colored Troops and Their Civil War Service - (06-April-2019)
Roy Chan is a community planner uses digital storytelling to affirm cultural heritage, family history, and promote civic engagement. On behalf of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Roy developed an interactive web repository for its Immigrant Voices storytelling project, launched in 2011. Currently, he is building community/university partnerships and interviewing dozens of former Angel Island detainees and other Pacific Coast immigrants for this oral history project. Roy is also the director of the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project, which has a growing digital archive of neighborhood stories. In 2010 when he was Co-Director of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Roy worked with other family researchers to host the first ever Chinese American Family History Conference in the area.

Immigrant Voices - Angel Island Immigration -
Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a professional genealogist and researcher with Legacy Tree Genealogists. With 28 years' experience researching ancestral roots in colonial America and the 20th century flair of her maternal Eastern European ancestry (Ukrainian and Hungarian), she specializes in New Jersey and Eastern European research. She is a founding member with the "Nashi Predky/Our Ancestors" Family History Group at the Ukrainian History and Education Center.

Post-WWII Immigration: US Holocaust Memorial Museum Digital Resources -(18-December-2019)
Shannon S. Christmas, MCP, specializes in genetic, colonial American, and African-American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas.

More Power: Genetic Genealogy Apps and Extensions - (17-July-2019)
Nick Cimino is a professional genealogist researching in North America, Italy, U.K. and Ireland. He writes a weekly blog at

Chain Migration from Ulster and One Name Studies - (07- January-2017)
Sara Cochran has been conducting genealogical research for over 25 years, and her research has taken her into nearly every state in the USA as well as Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Britain. She holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate as well as a Bachelor Degree in Library Science. She especially enjoys breaking down brick walls for her clients, discovering the stories of black sheep ancestors, and helping individuals preserve their photographic legacy.

Who Needed it Anyway? Researching Around the Missing 1890 Census - (05-September-2020)
Christine Cohen is a 17-year member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), and currently is the President of WAGS. In addition to her involvement with WAGS, She is a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames.

Cousin Baiting and Cousin Stalking - (01-August-2020)
Lisa Louise Cooke is the Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy show at and in iTunes. With well over 1 million downloads, her podcasts bring genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world. She is the author of the books How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers and The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, producer of the DVD series Google Earth for Genealogy, an international lecturer, and frequent magazine contributor.

Get the Scoop on Your Family History with Newspapers
- (18-March-2015)
Time Travel with Google Earth
- (2-March-2013)
Turn iGoogle Into Your Homepage - (07-April-2012)
Get the Scoop On Your Ancestors from Old Newspapers - (20-April-2011)
SA020Cooke2013Master Using Google for Common Surname Searches - (2013 Jamboree session)
SA020Cooke2012-Projects That Will Captivate the Non-Genealogists in Your Life - (2012 Jamboree session)
SA-009Cooke2011- Google Search Strategies (2011 Jamboree session)
Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG® is a Certified Genealogist, educator, author, and speaker. She holds a Masters of Library Science degree, specializing in digital libraries. Amy has been a speaker at genealogy's major events, including RootsTech and FGS and was an instructor with Ancestry Academy. Amy is the author of 31 Days to Better Genealogy. Her online course "Beyond the Hints" shows family historians how to make more progress with their research with less frustration.

How Do I Know That's My Ancestor? - (21-August-2019)
Rick Crume, a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine, has written for Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, the NGS NewsMagazine and Welsh and Canadian genealogical journals. The author of Plugging Into Your Past: How to Find Real Family History Records Online, he specializes in online research and genealogy software.

British Genealogy Online: The Top English & Welsh Family History Websites - (04-May-2019)
Genealogy Hacks - Tricks to Crack the Top Genealogy Web Sites
- (20-June-2012)
Schelly Talalay Dardashti focuses on Jewish genealogy as journalist, blogger, international speaker and instructor. She has authored, since 2006, "Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog"; is's US genealogy advisor; and authors the MyHeritage Blog Credits include genealogy publications and newspapers. The former Jerusalem Post columnist ("It's All Relative," 1999-2005) received the 2010 National Genealogical Society 'Award for Excellence.' She has spoken in Spain, Israel, Australia, Canada, UK and elsewhere. A native New Yorker, she now lives in New Mexico, but has lived in Israel and Iran, in addition to California and Nevada.

Jewish Genealogy 101
- (19-Dec-2012)
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 NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection (2015) and Crash Course in Genealogy (2011). 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.

When Prussian Grandpa Contributed No DNA, Can We Find Out Who Did? -
How Autosomal DNA is Really Inherited: Case Studies of Siblings -
Family History + Health History Lead to Personalized Healthcare
- (18-Oct-2017)
DNA Panel Discussion – Katherine Borges, Ken Chahine (AncestryDNA), Bennett Greenspan (FamilyTreeDNA), CeCe Moore, Joanna Mountain (23andme) and moderator Alice Fairhurst

FR022DNAPanel2013Discussion - Hear it from the DNA Experts - (2013 Jamboree session)
Debra M. Dudek, MSc, is head of adult and teen services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL.

Tracing Female Ancestors in WWI Military and Non-Combatant Records - (17-April-2019)
Valerie Elkins is the founder and chief researcher for Advantage Genealogy, where she not only specializes in Japanese ancestry and heir research, but family history presentation and preservation. Valerie is a researcher, presenter, storyteller and geneablogger at

Interest in Pinterest: Pinning Your Family History
- (19-June-2013)
Daniel Earl got his start in genealogy when he was ten years old. His dad took him to visit the grave of his great-grandfather. That event sparked a life long passion for genealogy. He has spent the last thirty years researching his own family and helping others make history a part of their story. He is a popular speaker and educator and has spoken to groups from coast to coast.

A Million Ways to Die in the Colonies: Death and Burial in Colonial America - (15-January-2020)
George L. Findlen, PhD, CG® is an academic administrator who became a certified genealogist in retirement. He researches and publishes articles on Acadian and French-Canadian families in Eastern Canada, the Canadian Maritimes, and New England. In addition, he gives talks and leads groups through skill-development exercises for the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives.

Crossing the Border: How to Backtrack an Ancestor into Québec from the US - (02-August-2014)
Billie Stone Fogarty, M.Ed., is a full time professional genealogist, conducting research for others since 1998. Her efforts to equip herself for this endeavor have included attending NGS and FGS national conferences, NIGR, IGHR, GenTech, APG-PMC, and a multitude of state conferences and classes.

Bundling, Banns, and Bonds: Love & Marriage in Early America - (06-December-2014)

J. H. (“Jay”) Fonkert, CG®, is a Minnesota-based genealogy professional whose articles have appeared in Minnesota Genealogist, The Septs, Family Chronicle, APG Quarterly, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and NGS Magazine. He is a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, managing editor of Minnesota Genealogist, and past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

Discover Family History in Historical Newspapers Online and Off - (03-Septamber-2016)
Fish and Chips Genealogy: Finding your Common English Ancestors
- (07-March-2015)
Wooden Shoe Genealogy: Finding Dutch and Frisian Ancestors - (18-June-2014)
Official, but Wrong: Testing the Validity of Genealogical Information in Official Records- (03-Aug-2013)

Beth Foulk received a family tree from her father, which launched her into a lifetime of genealogy research. She shares her love of genealogy through lectures, articles and personal assistance. Speaking highlights include the Missouri State Genealogy Association Conference, Midwest Genealogy Center’s Annual Conferences, and the Nebraska State Genealogy Conference.

Imported to America - Colonists for Sale -
Johanne Gervais, BSc, MBA, worked for over 25 years at various large companies in Montreal developing and implementing computer business systems. She became interested in genealogy while helping her husband write a book about his family for his mother’s 90th birthday. She is the founder of the Québec Genealogical eSociety (, a completely virtual non-profit genealogical society focused on Quebec research launched at RootsTech 2018.

Researching Your French Canadian Ancestors -(07-November-2020)
Dr. Maurice Gleeson is by profession a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician. He is also a professional actor and has appeared on the West End stage in London. As an avid genealogist, he has developed a strong interest in using genetic approaches to break through the many brick walls associated with Irish family history research. He first used genetic testing in 2008, and since then has set up the Spearin Surname Project which has helped trace his Spierin family connections back to the 1600s in Limerick and the 1500's in London. He also set up the iCARA project to help people with Irish surnames in the Caribbean reconnect with their Irish ancestry.

SA039Gleeson2014Researching Your Irish Ancestry Online and at Minimal Cost - (2014 Jamboree session)
SU020Gleeson2014Ireland and the Slave Trade - (2014 Jamboree session)

Michelle Goodrum, family historian, researcher, speaker, and writer, Michelle Roos Goodrum is a teaching assistant for Boston University's Genealogical Research Program. Involved in genealogy since 1994 when she discovered her family's stash of old documents and photos, she is now the caretaker of 140 years of her family's history. Some of the records are related to her ancestors’ homes, which sparked an interested in land records. Goodrum is also passionate about genetic genealogy and photography.

Land Records: Using Indexes & Deeds to Move Your Research Forward- (07-April-2018)
Julie Goucher has been a keen genealogist since the late 1980's, and has a special interest in Italian family history. She is a founding member and a former vice chair of the Anglo-Italian Family History Society, is an active member of the Guild of One-Name Studies hosting two one-name studies - one of which is for the Italian surname of Orlando -, and is the current secretary & a Trustee. Her book, "Tracing Your European Ancestors" will be published in 2016 & Julie writes for the" In-Depth Genealogist".

Foundations to Researching in Europe - (04-April-2020)
European Surnames and How They Can Help in Genealogical Research - (07-December-2019)
Origins & Evolution of a One-Name Study or Surname Research
- (05-March-2016)
Bennett Greenspan founded Family Tree DNA in 2000. An entrepreneur and life-long genealogy enthusiast, he turned a hobby into a full-time vocation. His effort and innovation created the burgeoning field now known as genetic genealogy. Mr. Greenspan, a Nebraska native who received his B.A. from the University of Texas, spent years investigating the ancestors of his maternal grandfather, an obsession which eventually led to the founding of Family Tree DNA and the beginning of a new kind of genealogy.

SA037Greenspan2014The Future of Genetic Genealogy - (2014 Jamboree session)

Sara Gredler, MS, is a genealogist and historian with 20 years of genealogical experience. She serves as the President of the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society and chairs its DNA SIG.

The GPS, Document Analysis, and Citations, Oh My! -(06-Oct-2018)
Think Like a Historian: Why Do People Do What They Do? - (07-Oct-2017)

Tammy A. Hepps is the founder of, a family story-sharing website and winner of the RootsTech 2013 Developer Challenge. With a degree in Computer Science from Harvard, she has fourteen years of experience in the digital media space leading technology initiatives across the content, commerce, mobile, and social spaces. She has been working on her family tree for more than twenty years and combines in her depth in genealogy, technology, and storytelling. She lives in Manhattan.

100 Days to a Better Family History - (20-December-2017)
The Ancestor Deep-Dive: How You Can Find Out Everything There Possibly is to Know About Your Ancestor
- (16-November-2016)
Timeline Creation Applications -

Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, Board Certified genealogist, has been involved in family research for 30+ years. She is secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, president of the SoCal Chapter of APG, and president of the Corona Genealogical Society. Jean is director of the Corona CA Family History Center, and a volunteer at NARA, Pacific Region, Riverside County. Follow Jean at

Researching California Mission Indians Using a Case Study - (21-October-2020)
Pandemics & Epidemics: Issues of Politics, Economy, and Religion
- (16-January-2019)
Ancestral Hunting Grounds: Doing On-Site Research
- (15-November-2017)
Translating Latin Records of German (and other) Catholic Churches
- (18-May-2016)
The Devil is in the Details: Overlooking Minutiae can Create Lineage Limbo - (21-October-2015)
It’s NOT about Zombies: Doing Cemetery Research -
Getting Family History Information through the Back Door
- (07- Dec-2013)
SA032Hibben2013Turning Genealogy into Family History: Creating Stories from Stats - (2013 Jamboree session)
The Two Sides of Interviewing - (18-Nov-2012)
Yes, You Can! - Do Genealogy in Spite of a Learning Disability - (19-Oct-2011)
Kathryn Lake Hogan UE, PLCGS is a professional genealogist, author and educator. With over 15 years of experience, Kathryn has dedicated herself to helping others discover the joys of family history. Her webinars and presentations featuring Canadian family history topics appeal to family historians from around the world.

Mastering the Library and Archives Canada Website - (02-November-2019)
Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records
- (19-August-2015)
Daniel Horowitz was born in Venezuela and earned a BSC, computer engineering. He specialized in education, was director of the genealogy project, and taught at the Herzl-Bialik School from 1991 to 2005. He is a founding member of Venezuela’s JGS, and serves on the boards of the Israel Genealogical Society (IGS) and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). Daniel has worked at since 2006.

So You Really Want to Research Your Jewish Ancestors?
- (05-October-2019)
Sharing and Preserving Memories in a Digital Era
- (01-Dec-2012)

Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient History and a MLIS from BYU. She and her husband own Family ChartMasters, an award winning genealogy chart printing service and is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbooks about engaging youth with family history. Janet writes The Chart Chick and the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs and has widely written and lectured about family history. She is a past president of UGA and teaches genealogy and library science at SLCC.

Heirloom, Documentation or Junk: What to Keep and What To Toss
- (19-June-2019)
6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the Internet
- (18-February-2015)
Post It Forward: Archiving Lessons From My Great-Grandfather’s Records
- (15-October-2014)
Trip the Tree Fantastic: Intriguing Family History Trips for the Whole Family
- (17-April-2013)
Grandma's Flak Jacket - (18-April-2012)
Playground Rules for Genealogy on the Internet - (19-Sept-2012)
Getting Your Notes and Sources Right - (07-May-2011)

Cyndi Ingle is the creator of the hugely popular website, a categorized index to more than 327,000 online resources. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 33 years, is a past member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society.

Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research - (25-October-2017)
The Case of the Broken Link: Decoding the URL -
Building a Digital Research Plan
- (07-November-2015)
Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy
- (01-August-2015)
SA053Ingle2014The Internet: A Genealogist’s Printing Press
- (2014 Jamboree session)
SU003IngleHowells2013Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0 - (2013 Jamboree session)

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG®, CGL®, FASG, FUGA, FNGS Tom, 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.

Inferential Genealogy: Deducing Ancestors’ Identities Indirectly - (16-March-2016)
Dr. Jan Joyce has researched her family since 1998. Her research interests include methodology and family sharing. She has written articles that focus on genealogical methodology and video sharing.

Solving One Name & Many Locations with a Location & Timeline Tool - (19-December-2018)
Tonia Kendrick is the founder and content manager of Genealogy Bootcamps, an online genealogy learning community focusing on the blend of technology and genealogy in the 21st century. Through Genealogy Bootcamps, Tonia offer fantastically useful training for new and seasoned genealogists, helping busy people learn skills to accomplish their family history goals quickly and effectively.

Transform Your Note-Taking and Remember Everything with Evernote
- (06-July-2013)

Seema Kenney is a wife, mother of 3, and anentrepreneur. Seema is an experienced software instructor and a professional genealogist. Based on over 20 years of research, her known roots are deep in New England as well as England, Germany, and Sweden. She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from BU, completed ProGen and is an active member of several societies. Seema is also certified as a Guided Autobiography Consultant and a Legacy Planner.

Julian to Gregorian: When and How our Calendar Changed - (15-July-2020)
Immigration & Naturalization - (20-November-2019)
Tessa Keough is a genealogist working on her family history and special projects. These include a one-place and one-name study, and her YouTube channel. 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. She also writes for The In-Depth Genealogist.

Is Your One-Place Study at a Distance? No Worries with the Internet - (20-February-2019)
Location, Location, Location: One Place Studies in North America
- (2017)
What's In a Name? Every Surname Tells a Story
- (22-March-2016)
Susan A. Kitchens is Computer Press Award winning how-to book author and digital renaissance woman. Her website, Family Oral History Using Digital Tools, is devoted to tools and techniques for recording, processing and preserving the stories that matter the most. After interviewing her grandfather (he'd been given a cassette recorder and some tapes for his 99th birthday), she embarked on a quest to understand the best practices to conduct family interviews. She has been tracking the changing hardware and software scene for nearly a decade. Her how-to go-to site, Family Oral History Using Digital Tools (, is where Susan helps people learn how to capture and preserve the stories that matter most.

How to Interview family: Skills for your Ears, Eyes, Brain - (16-July-2014)
Taneya Koonce is an active contributor to the online genealogical community. A knowledge management specialist by profession, she leverages her skills for the pursuit of genealogy. In addition to her own family research, Ms. Koonce helps others by volunteering with the USGenWeb Project. In that capacity she coordinates sites for FLGenWeb, NCGenWeb and TNGenWeb groups.

Genealogy News at Your Fingertips: From RSS Feeds to Digital Magazine Platforms - (05-Oct-2013)
David Allen Lambert is Chief Genealogist, and formerly served as the Microtext Department Manager and Reference Librarian for NEHGS. David has been on the NEHGS staff since 1993, having been a member previously. He has appeared twice on the History Detectives on PBS. His genealogical expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; military records; Native American and African American genealogical research in New England.

SA-024Lambert-Researching your Union Civil War Ancestors
- (2011 Jambroee session)
Nancy Waters Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author. She has extensive experience speaking at local, regional, and national conferences. Her first book won the 2007 National Genealogical Society Genealogical Writing Competition Award for Excellence and the Maryland Historical Society, Sumner A. Parker Award, for best genealogy of a Maryland family.

You Located the Ancestral Village of Your Ancestor - Now What? - (21-November-2018)
She has the Same Name. Is She Her Sister? - (04- April-2015)
Path to Organizational Bliss - (17 July-2013)
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family’s history has never left her. With her experience as a former Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogy events.

Putting America to Work; Records of the WPA and the CCC
- (16-September-2020)
Faith of Our Fathers: United States Church Records
- (16-October-2019)
Ticked Off! What Can the Pre-1850 Census Tell Me?
- (15- Jan-2014)
Homespun and Calico - Researching our Foremothers
- (04-May-2013)
Michael Leclerc is an internationally renowned researcher, author, editor, and presenter. With decades of experience, Michael is a leader in the field. He is chief genealogist at Mocavo. He is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Michael is the author of numerous articles in scholarly journals and popular magazines. He is editor of the Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, Fifth Edition, and co-editor of Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, Second Edition. Among his current projects is a book on the family of Josiah Franklin, father of Revolutionary War Patriot Dr. Benjamin Franklin.

SA027Leclerc2014Researching Your New England Ancestors - (2014 Jamboree session)

Devon Noel Lee, author, speaker, and family historian. Devon Noel Lee specializes in preserving and sharing family memories and motivating budding genealogists. With over 20 years experience in genealogy, she is a high energy speaker who is part of the Family History Fanatics channel which posts videos twice weekly on YouTube.

Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Family Treasures - (19-July-2018)

Denise Levenick, In every family, someone inherits “the stuff.” Denise May Levenick is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. She is the creator of the award-winning family history blog, The Family Curator, and author of the book How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records, (Family Tree Books, 2012).

Preserving Family History in the Face of Disaster - (19-September-2018)
Caring for Keepsakes: The Top 10 Family Treasures - (16-April-2014)
Break Down Brick Walls with Home Sources
- (06-April-2013)
SU029Levenick2013Lessons from the Archive - (2013 Jamboree Session)

Marian Pierre-Louis

Cemetery Research for Your New England Ancestors
- (17-Aug-2011)
Looking After the Poor_Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records
- (02-April-2011)
Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS, archivist and genealogist, managed archives her entire career. She presents and writes genealogy guides on genealogy organizing and archival research. Visit her at

Finding Scottish Ancestors Online
- (01-April-2017)
Janice Lovelace, Ph.D. (psychology) has 30+ years of experience in genealogical research, as well as completing academic work in the area (certificate program in genealogy at Boston University). She has presented nationally and regionally on women’s and ethnic minority genealogy, research methodology and health issues.

African Americans in the Military – 18th to mid-20th Century - (01-February-2020)
Steve Luxenberg

SA021Luxenberg2012- Genealogy from the Inside Out--Tracing the Mysterious from a Single Clue
- (2012 Jambroee session)

Annette Burke Lyttle is a professional genealogist specializing in online and repository research, and genealogical education and writing. She loves helping people find and tell their family stories.

Bounty Land: It's Complicated - (16-December-2020)
The Marriage of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Opening of the Midwest - (15-May-2019)
Turn Family History Facts into Stories You Can Share
- (21-June-2017)

Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew, a California native, is a family genealogist, genealogical educator, occasional blogger, and professional researcher. She is active in numerous societies and organizations and has served as president of the California State Genealogical Alliance, Southern California Chapter APG, and the Genealogical Society of North Orange County California.

Free Land: Homesteading the West - (17-January-2018)

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community. When he's not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 3,000+ members of, teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas MacEntee is busy in his role as "genealogy ninja."

The Other Census - US State Censuses - (17-June-2020)
One Touch Genealogy Research: How to Handle a Record Just Once -
Navigating the Seven C’s of Genealogy -
SA048MacEntee2013Staying Safe Online
- (2013 Jamboree session)

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company, writes daily at, edits the twice-weekly Genealogy Newsline and conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour (now in its 29th year), and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

Mobile Capturing of Your Ancestor's Documents and Pictures
- (20-Nov-2013)
SA041Meitzler2013Finding Your Family in the French and Indian War - (2013 Jamboree session)
Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA is a full-time researcher and a founder of ProGenealogists, the official Ancestry research firm. His thirty years experience in genealogy includes accreditation in four areas, and past employment at the Family History Library and He was the editor and primary author of the award-winning reference book, Printed Sources and has written many articles for genealogical magazines. He is a past president of the Utah Genealogical Association and founding director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. He also serves as adjunct faculty teaching genealogy at BYU and San Jose State University.

SA018Meyerink2013Genealogical Periodicals Where the Answers Are
- (2013 Jamboree session)
SA-035Meyerink-But It Ain't the Original Record!
- (2011 Jamboree session)
Debbie Mieszala, Certified Genealogist (sm), specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest.

The Curious Case of the Disappearing Dude
- (05-December-2015)
Lessons from a Snoop: Collaterals and Associates
- (17-June-2015)
Options in Post-Adoption Research -
Jill Morelli, A passionate genealogist, Jill Morelli 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. She blogs at

Dissecting a Civil War Pension-Union & Confederate
- (15-April-2020)
The 'Push' and 'Pull' Decision-Making of the 19th Century Emigrant
- (02-January-2016)
George G. Morgan president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences. He is the author of ten books and hundreds of articles for magazines and online publications, and is one of the Genealogy Guys podcasters.

Five Reasons the Records Arent in the Courthouse
- (06-August-2016)
Sidestep Genealogy
- (07-Sept-2013)
The Genealogist as CSI
- (04-Aug-2012)
Tell Me about When You Were A Child
- (16-March-2011)
Donna M. Moughty is a researcher, lecturer and blogger on a variety of subjects including Internet, Irish research and computer topics. She is the author of the Quick Reference Guides on Irish Research and leads a research trip to Ireland each year.

Irish Research - What's New - (02-March-2019)
Jumping the Pond: Finding the Origins of Your Immigrant Ancestor
- (03-February-2018)

Michael John Neill has actively researched his own genealogy for nearly thirty years, writes 'Genealogy Tip of the Day' and 'Casefile Clues.' He has lectured nationally on a wide variety of genealogy-related topics.

More than a Bouquet of Flowers: Increasing Your Chance at the Courthouse - (18-September-2019)
Organizing Database Searches
- (19-March-2014)
No Will-No Problem
- (20-Feb-2013)
Seeing the Patterns: Organizing Your Information (04-Feb-2012)
Gena Philibert Ortega, M.S., holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences in the United States and Europe. She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera.

Once Upon a Time at an Antique Store: Telling the Story of Mrs. E.G. Stetson - (07-May-2016)
Finding Your Female Ancestor's Story in the Newspaper
- (21-January- 2015)
Cost Cutting Measures to Help You Do More Genealogy
- (21-May-2014)
Women in WWII
- (02-Nov-2013)
Women's Work - (15-Aug-2012)
Remembering the Ladies-Researching Your Female Ancestors - (01-Oct-2011)

Brett Payne, originally a geologist by training, now currently works in the museum industry as a collections assistant, artefact photographer, researcher and photographic historian. His passion is old photographs, the photographers who took them, the equipment and technologies they used, the people and scenes in the photos, and the stories behind them.

Preservation of Photographs and the Importance of a Good Scan - (03-January-2015)

Ugo Perego PhD, MSc, has thirteen years of experience as a researcher and lecturer in the field of population genetics and genetic genealogy. He is the founder of president of Genetic Genealogy Consultant, LLC.

Native American Ancestry: A DNA Standpoint
- (07-July-2012)

Tim Pinnick is a national lecturer with more than 27 years overall research experience including all the major U.S. repositories, author of “Finding and Using African American Newspapers” released May, 2008, former board member of APG and FGS, instructor in the African American track at the summer Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

Developing the Genealogy of an Early 20th Century Community: A Case Study
- (16-December-2015)
Resources for the African-American Researcher
- (03-December-2014)
The WWI Draft Card: Don't Do Research Without It!
- (19-November-2014)
Tips, Strategies, & Resources for the African American Researcher
- (18- Dec-2013)

Chris Pomery is a writer and historian with a special interest in the way historians are developing their uses of DNA testing. Since 2000, he has written two books regarding the use of DNA in genealogy, lectured to more than fifty family history groups around England, written two academic papers and dozens of articles for family history magazines, and been interviewed by many national and local radio stations. Chris maintains a consulting arrangement with Family Tree DNA. He teaches online courses on the topic of DNA testing.

The Effect of the Founders: Why It's Useful to DNA Test People Living Outside the USA
- (05-May-2012)

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.

How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestor Get There?: Migration Trails West - (03-September-2016)

Laura G. Prescott

SU030Prescott2012 Diaries and Journals Finding and Using These Valuable Resources - (2012 Jamboree session)

Professional genealogist Tammy Priolo BASc, PLCGS 25+yrs. Consults, researches, writes, lectures & workshops nationally & internationally. Many genealogical volunteer positions including nine years with the FHC in North Bay Ontario. Member of APG, GSG, OGS and Advisory Board Member

De-Thorning Interviews, Cold Calls & First Contact
- (10-February-2020)

Barbara M. Randall, A native of central New York, Barbara discovered genealogy at the 2009 Jamboree and the addiction began! Since then, Barbara has been active in SCGS. For the last year she has led the Legacy Family Tree User Group and presented several workshops. Barbara is a webinar host in training and will be a chair of the 2015 Jamboree. Barbara is a board member of SCGS. A DAR registrar and volunteer genealogist/consultant, she is a special education middle school teacher/ coordinator.

George Randall - Beyond the Military Record: A Case Study - (05-December-2020)
Always Time for Timelines- (01-December-2018)
Caillte agus Aimsigh: Lost and Found - Irish History and Records - (02-Septempber-2017)
Weaving the Research Quilt - (05-November-2016)
Beyond the Passenger List - (04-January-2014)
Diane L. Richard, A professional genealogist since 2004, Diane, has researched for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode. Has authored almost 300 articles for such publications as Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. Currently editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society journal. Has spoken nationally about the availability and richness of southern records, genealogical research techniques and tips, under-utilized resource collections, etc. Specializes in NC & southern research, genealogy society initiatives & research tools. Editor of UpFront with NGS (blog) & NCGS Journal, Richard is a regular contributor to Your Genealogy Today.

1867 Voter Registration and Beyond
- (18-March-2020)
Get Excited About your Pre-1870 African-American Research
- (15-March-2017)
Peter Roberts, MAT, CA. Retired associate professor and archivist from GA State Univ. Peter has a B.A. in art history from Emory Univ. and an M.A.T. in museum education from The George Washington Univ. He has had an interest in genealogy since 1975 and has been exploring genetic genealogy since 2003. He is the admin of the Bahamas DNA Project and the Roberts and Sasser surname DNA projects. He is a past Atlanta area regional coordinator for ISOGG and an leader of WikiTree's DNA Project and Bahamas Project.

Introduction to WikiTree's Free Online Collaborative One-World Family Tree - (06-January-2018)
Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, has been a genealogist for 13 years. She 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. Her article 'Mark Golden: A Case Study in World War II Research,' appeared in Family Chronicle Magazine.

Family Browse: Finding Unindexed Records on FamilySearch
- (04-March-2017)
Trails West: Crossing the Continent 1840-1869
- (01-October-2016)
Mark Golden: A Case Study in World War II Research
- (21-Aug-2013)
Susan Rogers is a mostly retired communications consultant, a former teacher, past newsletter editor of the Nevada County Genealogical Society, and has presented to numerous genealogy groups in the Sierra foothills of northern California. Her research has enabled her to meet cousins and visit ancestral homelands in Germany and Northern Ireland. She loves technology and enjoys demonstrating how to use the Internet and software programs to make genealogy research and documentation much easier.

Facebook For Genealogy (Even If You Hate Facebook) - (03-November-2018)
Jane Neff Rollins is a medical writer and professional genealogist who specializes in Jewish genealogy, 19th century Russian documents, and ancestors who worked in health professions. Jane’s writing has appeared in RootsKey, the JGSLA newsletter. Her other writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the LA Jewish Journal, Reed magazine, and in medical trade magazines.

From Chernorudka to Chicago - Learnings From One Family's Immigration Path -
Stickin' to the Union: Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogy -
Is There a Baby Catcher in your Bloodline?
- (01-June-2013)
Judy G. Russell, JG, CG®, CGL®, (The Legal Genealogist) , writes and lectures nationally and locally on a wide variety of genealogical topics ranging from using court records in our family history to understanding DNA testing. She has a bachelor's degree from George Washington University and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark and an eclectic work background including everything from working as a newspaper reporter to teaching law. A trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer credentials, she is a member of the faculty at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP); the Institute for Genealogical & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University, where as a student she was a Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. prizewinner in Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis; and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG).

FR009Russell2014Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans - (2014 Jamboree session)
SA019Russell2014Staying Out of Trouble: Rights & Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists - (2014 Jamboree session)
FR016Russell2013The Ethical Genealogist - (2013 Jamboree session)

James G. Ryan

SU020Ryan2013Strange and Unusual Sources for Geneology - (2013 Jamboree Session)

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG®, FUGA is the author of The Lost Pensions: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838 and Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14 (Revised). He has co-authored several books relating to records in Northern Virginia. He has authored articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Family Chronicle and other genealogical publications. Craig is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 4,900 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than twenty-eight years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military.
Finding Females: Maiden Name Not Known - (18-April-2018)
FR001Scott2013Basic Military Research - (2013 Jamboree session)
SA004Scott2013Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor - ( 2013 Jamboree session)
Kristi Sexton, MSA loves an opportunity to research, learn and grow with each individual she works with. Putting puzzles together and finding the missing pieces of each 'story' is her favorite. She has been working on genealogy for nearly 3 decades, and has most recently been elected as the President of The Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS) in Huntington Beach. Lecturing, teaching, training, and travel are at the forefront of her life.

Who do you Trust with Your Trusted Research? - (20-June-2018)
Eric W. Siess, PhD, CG® has 30 years of personal and professional experience in genealogy research, lecturing and teaching. His lectures throughout Southern California include emigration, the GPS, German immigration, Civil War genealogy, lineage societies, and general genealogy research tips. He is a member of SCGS, NGS and APG and is President of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society. .

Ten Steps to Better Genealogy - (03-October-2015)
Diana Crisman Smith is the 2015 Treasurer of ISFHWE, GSG, and Florida State Genealogical Society. Speaker more than 30 years at local, state and national events, and 7 genealogy cruises. Writer for major genealogy publications, as well as the Scandinavian chapter of The FamilyTree Guidebook to Europe. Teacher for FTU and National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience - (16-Sept-2015)
Drew Smith, MLS, is a librarian in the Academic Services department of the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library. He is a Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. He is co-host of the long-running Genealogy Guys Podcast, and author of the book Social Networking for Genealogists.

Organizing Your Genealogical Research Process - (20-July-2016)
Effective Online Queries - (16-Oct-2013)
Gary M. Smith, is President, GSG and Second Vice President/National Conference Coordinator, ISFHWE. He was a founding member, Great Lakes Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). He has written for numerous genealogical publications and enjoys speaking across the US and at sea.

Around Brick Walls Sideways: Using Collateral Lines To Further Your Genealogical Research - (02-May-2015)
Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 16 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, and documenting the ancestral journey.

Reverse Genealogy, DNA, and Tracing the Living - (07-March-2020)
Beyond the Surface: Analyzing and Capturing Genealogical Data - (24-May-2017)
The Family Historian's Publishing Primer
- (17-February-2016)
Back Away From The Computer: You'll Find and Have More Fun Offline
- (18-November-2015)
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.
YDNA and mtDNA are still two very reliable sources for investigating and documenting your heritage. Learn how to maximize this DNA in your research.

The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite - (17-October-2018)
Your Mom's mtDNA - (2-December-2017)
Making YDNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History - (20-January-2016)

Denise Spurlock enjoys the challenge of putting together the genealogical pieces to complete the family puzzle. She has been researching her own family for twenty years and now, as owner of Ancestral Trees Research, she assists others with their family history research. Denise has earned the Genealogical Research certificate from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education and has been a participant at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the ProGen Study Group.

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
- (01-Sept-2012)

Michael L. Strauss, AG is an Accredited Genealogist and national lecturer. He works as a genealogist with the U.S. Army on MIA’s from Korea, Vietnam, and WWII and is an expert witness in estate court proceedings in PA, NY, NJ, and VA. Strauss is a licensed Private Investigator in Virginia and in 2012 Strauss worked as the historian for the 2014 film “Finding Vivian Maier” where he was interviewed.

Manifest Destiny: Researching Your Mexican War Ancestors - (03-October-2020)
Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors
- (05-May-2018)
Researching Your Civil War Ancestor: A Comprehensive Study - (02-April-2016)
The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors - (05-Sept-2015)

Cari A. Taplin,CG®, lives near Austin, Texas and has been a state and regional speaker since 2004, focusing on Midwest and Great Lakes states, methodology and family legends.

The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County Histories

D. Joshua Taylor is the Business Development Manager – North America for, and a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. Active in the genealogical community, Josh is the current President of Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College.

SU009Taylor2014Resources of the DAR: Beyond Revolutionary War Soldiers - (2014 Jamboree session)
Thanksgiving Special: Online Resources for Colonial America - (17-Oct-2012)
SA047Taylor2012-Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes--Understanding Compiled Genealogies - (2012 Jamboree session)

Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, is a genealogist, author, and speaker in Westwood, Massachusetts, with expertise in genealogy, art history, costume history and cultural anthropology. She is a blogger, and author of many books and magazine articles. The Wall Street Journal named her the "nation's foremost historical photo detective."

Photo Treasures Discovered at Jamboree-A Closer Look -

Dawn Thurston’s personal history writing courses have been called “life changing,” and “the class I’ve long been looking for.” In the last 17 years, she has helped hundreds of students write and publish their family histories at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, where she received the “Faculty Excellence Award” in 2008. Dawn’s students repeatedly win top prizes in family history writing competitions. She has also shared her expertise with students at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, and at national conferences, including Jamboree, FGS, and the Association of Personal Historians.

SU012Thurston2014Write Your Personal History that Captures Your Interesting Life - (2014 Jamboree session)

Tom Underhill published his first book 15 years ago. Since 1999, Creative Continuum has specialized in publishing high-quality, short-run books, including family histories, memoirs, and photo and fine art books. During the last several years, Tom and his company produced more than 400 family history heirloom books, printed more than 11.5 million pages and scanned more than 13,000 photographs. Tom has published the Jamboree syllabus for the past seven years.

Scanning and Photo Retouching for Beginners - 02-February-2016
SU017 Scanning and Photo Retouching for Beginners: Foundations and Fundamentals
- (2013 Jamboree session)

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.

Genealogical Pits I've Fallen Into and How to Avoid Them! - (19-October-2016)

Kim von Aspern-Parker, has been a researcher and lecturer for more than 15 years. A member of APG, NGS, SCGS, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild she is pursuing her credentials in genealogy.

What Do I Do Next: How To Unlock Your Genealogy Using Research Plans- (01-September-2018)
Ports of Entry - (16-August-2017)

Paula Stuart Warren, CG®, FUGA, FMGS, is a Board-certified genealogist working full time in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. Paula has researched at the National Archives (multiple locations), Family History Library, Minnesota Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, DAR Library, and many other repositories across the U.S. Since 1997 she has been a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, coordinates a Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh course, lectures at National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences, and in many states and Canada.

Successful Railroad Records Research in Today's World - (03-August-2019)
The WPA Era: What It Created for Genealogists
- (20-May-2015)
FR027StuartWarren2014Manuscript Finding Aids Locating Migrating Family Records - (2014 Jamboree session)

Nancy Waters is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author whose extensive speaking experience includes NGS, FGS, BYU, Rootstech. She is an instructor at HCC, Maryland, teaching MS applications and is past Managing Editor, MGS Journal. Nancy's books have won the 1997 Heart of America Genealogical Society Award of Excellence, the 2007 NGS Writing Competition Award for Excellence and the 2007 Maryland Historical Society, Sumner A. Parker Award.

The Packet Ships That Brought Them To America - (20-May-2020)

Pamela Weisberger is the program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, president and research coordinator for Gesher Galicia, and was a co-chair the 2010 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. She is a professional genealogist and international speaker, with a specialty in historical newspaper research. She created the Galician Archival Records Project and has researched extensively in Eastern European archives.

Historical Newspaper Research for Genealogists - (08-November-2014)

Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, is the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN where he manages The Genealogy Center, serves as general curator for that institution’s Rare and Fine Book Collection as well as the institutional archives, and is the Supervisor for the new Lincoln National Foundation’s Lincoln Library Collection. Curt is a member of the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association, a past chair of the association’s History Section, and a participant in other genealogical and historical committees of that organization. He is a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society. He is the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society and has memberships in a number of historical and genealogical organizations in the state and country.

SU023Witcher2012Historical Rearch Methodology - (2012 Jamboree session)
SA-019Witcher2011-Fingerprinting Families - (2011 Jamboree session)

Paul Woodbury is a graduate of BYU where he studied genetics and genealogy. He also has a master's degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah. Woodbury currently works at Legacy Tree Genealogists. He specializes in genetic genealogy, but also loves French, Spanish, Italian and Scandinavian genealogy. He researches and presents regularly in these fields and loves to share his knowledge with his students and clients.

Looks Like We're Cousins - Tips for Genetic Genealogy Collaboration - (0-February-2019)

Linda Geiger Woodward, CG®, CGL® is a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Linda is a professional historical and genealogical researcher, author, and lecturer. She specializes in Georgia's state and county records, federal records of the southeast region of the United States, and Cherokee records created before, during, and after forced removal in 1838.

Documentation: Never Having to Ask, 'Where Did That Come From? - (16 Jan 2013)
Me and My Laptop: Getting the Most out of your Laptop while Researching Onsite - (06-Jan-2012)
Hark! That Tombstone is Talking to Me! - (19-Sept-2012)