Allison Kimball is an award-winning freelance artist who specializes in telling the stories around her. She is the owner, writer, and amateur photographer for allisonkimball.com. She is the mother of 9 children and always has a story to share.
Amy is a family historian and reunion organizer with a passion for teaching others. She has researched her own family for more than 33 years and has taught others how to research their families for nearly 25 years. She blogs on family history topics at revealingrootsandbranches.blogspot.com.
Amy Lenertz believes everyone should experience the joy of knowing their family history. Amy is well known in the online genealogy community and adept at multiple social media platforms.
Amy Johnson Crow is a certified genealogist and has been named a social media maverick by Family Tree Magazine (2014). She was also mentioned in “40 Genealogy Accounts You Should Follow on Twitter,” which was compiled by Crestleaf. She blogs regularly at amyjohnsoncrow.com.
The Ancestry Insider writes an award-winning genealogy blog at ancestryinsider.org with honors that include Family Tree Magazine’s “40 Best Genealogy Blogs” and ProGenealogists’ “25 Most Popular.” He is a genealogical technologist and holds a dozen technology patents.
Angela is the mother of 5 and blogs at The Real Housewives of Riverton. She loves doing anything crafty and spending time with her family. She attended RootsTech last year for the first time, and she felt like it was a great experience.
Bernice Alexander Bennett is an author, guest lecturer, producer, and host of a weekly BlogTalkRadio show, “Research at the National Archives and Beyond!” She is also the president of BB’s Genealogy Research and Educational Services, LLC.
Bryson Hill is the CEO of Daplie, Inc. Daplie manufactures a personal cloud storage solution for the home and office. Cloud, produced by Daplie, Inc., is a personal server that is easy to use and configure; anyone can do it. It goes in your home on your private internet connection, and it is accessible from anywhere.
Byron Holdiman helps teachers know how to use historical documents to engage students. One successful project has been helping students conduct oral history interviews with family members who served in any US military conflicts. The students then submit the interviews to the Library of Congress.
Carissa is passionate about her family and faith, sewing, fashion, blogging, DIY projects, and running. She’s a busy wife and mom of two young kids and is always on the lookout for the newest technology, especially when it makes capturing and preserving memories easy and efficient. Her interest in family history began when her grandpa died in 2014. She realized that she had many skills to help her older relatives do their family history as well, and she got hooked. She loves bringing a new and fresh perspective to family history and getting other young moms excited about it too. Follow her on Instagram @carissamiss and @familyhistorymodernized.
Carol Rice has been teaching preservation, gathering, and story-sharing for 20+ years. She is co-founder of Creative Memories, Cherish Bound, Story@Home, and FamilyStorytelling.
Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator with an expertise in the Scottish records. She began researching her family history following the death of her mother and grandmother, who were both the storytellers of the family. Christine’s mother was one of 21 children, and although the family emigrated from Scotland to Canada when Christine was quite young, she grew up immersed in Scottish culture. Every summer she saw family visiting from Scotland, and her childhood home was the gathering place for card games, parties, celebrations, and fun. Christine was completely immersed in Scottish culture since her parents worked to retain as much of their heritage as they could, and they passed that heritage along to her.
Christine’s first foray into genealogy was putting together a family history book, a record of her grandfather’s descendants. This has become a treasured heirloom in the family. She has also been editing a family newsletter for 11 years to keep the family connected throughout the world.
When not organizing genealogy research tours to Scotland, Christine lectures on Scottish genealogy, hosts webinars, authors blogs, and writes articles on Scottish genealogy. Christine is a regular contributor to the In-Depth Genealogist Magazine. Her books, In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors and Researching Scottish Death Burial Lair and Cremation Records are available on Amazon.com. Christine wrote and taught Scottish Genealogy Research 101 for Family Tree University. She is the editor for British Connections, a quarterly newsletter for the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.
Christine chairs the Scottish Special Interest Group of the Ontario Genealogical Society and organizes their annual symposium. The SIG will be hosting the OSG’s conference in 2018. Christine is a member of the APG board as well as vice chair of the Ontario chapter.
Christine is one of the co-organizers of the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit, a weekend genealogy conference featuring Canadian genealogy speakers.
She is well connected in the Scottish Canadian community and is a member of the Scottish Ancestral Tourism Group (Scotland). She is a member of the Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada (CASSOC) and hopes to host the Scottish North American Leadership Conference in 2017.
Cheri Hudson Passey is a professional genealogist, instructor, writer, and speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC, which provides research services as well as instruction and coaching though her Genealogy 1-on-1 classes. Born in South Carolina, Cheri has roots in the state for many generations. Her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy has helped tell the story of these ancestors and her research process. Cheri Hudson Passey writes the "Modus Operandi" column for Going In-Depth Magazine from The In-Depth Genealogist.
Crystal Beutler is an artist, foodie, storyteller, and family history enthusiast. She loves sharing the stories of her ancestors and teaching others how to do family history on Instagram at @iamcrystalbeutler, @familyhistoryonthego, and @writeyourstory@365.
David Dowell is an author whose recent books include Crash Course in Genealogy (2011) and NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection (2015). He was the former chair of the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association and currently lectures at Vanderbilt University.
David Lambert has been on the staff of NEHGS since 1993 and is its chief genealogist. He is an author and internationally recognized speaker, as well as the co-host on Extreme Genes Family History Radio and podcast.
DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy blog and video blog. The blogs rank consistently among the top 5 family history blogs internationally, and they focus on beginning genealogy topics.
Diane Elder has been actively researching her family for the last 14 years. She is currently in the accreditation process through ICAP Gen. As well as learning all she can about research techniques, she enjoys exploring new ways to create, preserve, and share family history. Diane shares these ideas and research tips on The Family Locket Blog—a blog she and her daughter write.
Diane Harmon-Hoog is a leader and innovator in the genetic genealogy community. She founded the nonprofit group DNAadoption where, as director of education, she develops methods for working with DNA results and educating others on the techniques for finding missing family members.
Eric Jelle is a family researcher and charter since 1985 and an occasional geneablogger. He is the founder of Genedocs, a program he began in 2009.
Ginny Ackerson has been researching for 45 years and has expertise in British, Canadian, Southern, Midwestern, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states. She currently serves as vice-president and conference chair of UGA. Ginny has taught at public and community venues as well as church venues. Ginny currently teaches genealogy classes at BYU on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Helen Smith is a fifth-generation Australian on her mother’s side and has an English father. Since 1986, she has been researching her family history from England, Ireland, Wales, and Australia with various immigration trails to the United States, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. For the last 10 years, Helen has spoken nationally (in every state and territory in Australia), internationally (in England, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States at RootsTech and FGS), and on 10 Unlock the Past cruises. She is the author of Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms, Google: the Genealogist's Friend, and many articles for family history journals. She is a public health microbiologist and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.
James Tanner blogs at Genealogy's Star, an award-winning blog that has been listed in the “Top 40 Blogs” by Family Tree Magazine. The blog covers a broad area of pertinent topics, including technology and other genealogy community issues.
Jan Gow is a former New Zealand Society of Genealogists president (1985–87). She has lectured extensively nationally and internationally, on land and sea. Jan received the AFFHO award for Meritorious Service to Family History in 2006, the QSM (Queen's Service Medal), and Fellow of the SOG (London) in 2012.
Jana Greenhalgh has been a family historian since her youth and earned a BA in genealogy from BYU in 2003. Jana is particularly interested in youth involvement in the genealogy community. She and her children created The Genealogy Kids blog and YouTube channel.
Jana Last loves genealogy and family history. She currently serves as a family history consultant and taught a family history class for 6 years at Church. She has a genealogy blog and was an official conference blogger for the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy in 2015.
Jen Baldwin has been working in the realm of professional genealogy since 2010. She is currently the data licensing manager for North America for findmypast. Jen lectures, writes, and consults on a variety of genealogy and social media related topics and was part of the research team for Genealogy Roadshow, Season Two. Her research focus generally tends towards the Western United States—especially the Gold Rush era—and fraternal societies. She is the author of course materials for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and numerous Legacy QuickGuides. She is a proud volunteer for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions campaign and the Larimer County Genealogical Society (CO). Additionally, she is the host of #genchat on Twitter, a popular crowd-sourcing and conversation venue, which occurs every two weeks.
Jenn Crookston is a mom to 7 and considers herself her family’s historian. She is co-founder of housewivesofriverton.com, where she and others love to share recipes, crafts, and DIY projects. She had the opportunity to attend RootsTech 2015 and came away determined to record her family’s stories for future generations.
Jennifer Alford is a genealogy professional with a variety of connections. She is associate editor of the FGS magazine, Forum, and is the newsletter editor for the Indiana Genealogical Society. Jennifer also publishes a monthly digital magazine with The In-Depth Genealogist.
Jennifer Day is the owner of the blog My Daylights. She has been blogging for about 9 years and writes about crafts, family, faith, and recipes.
Jenny Joyce is a professional genealogist and teaches genealogy and history classes at a local community college. She is a vice president of the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society and a member of its family history committee. Jenny is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and holds a certificate in genealogical research from the Society of Australian Genealogists. Jenny has produced a regular podcast in the past, but it is now only an occasional podcast.
Jessica Taylor has served as the president of Legacy Tree Genealogists since 2004 and has aided thousands of clients across the globe discover more about their heritage through professional genealogy research. With a bachelor's degree in family history—genealogy, a fluency in Spanish, years of residence in China and Brazil, and a love of history and mystery, Jessica brings an upbeat global view to the genealogy business industry.
Jessie McKinley is a mom of 3 kids. She runs the Instagram account @missgenealogy, throws monthly #familyhistorygnos, and has put out a handful of YouTube videos. She loves helping others find out about their ancestors.
Jill Ball is an amateur Australian genealogist, a former librarian, a teacher, and an IT guy. She is a member of diverse genealogy groups and is enthused about integrating technology and genealogy through blogs, presentations, and GeniAus Hangouts on Air.
Jill Swensen writes at Being Spiffy where she shares tips, tricks, and tutorials for the everywoman. She is passionate about preserving her ancestors‘ records as well as recording her own personal history beyond a life sketch. Jill lives in Utah with her husband and 3 children.
The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP, she is a member of the board of trustees for the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she also holds credentials as a certified genealogist and certified genealogical lecturer. Her award-winning blog is at legalgenealogist.com.
As a Girl Guide leader, Kathryn Lake Hogan wanted to teach the girls in her group about their heritage. She decided to teach them how to research their family history, but first, Kathryn had to learn to research her own family. That was more than 18 years ago, and today Kathryn is a professional genealogist, author, educator, and speaker who specializes in helping people find their ancestors in Canada.
The author of Digging Your Canadian Roots and 16 Legacy QuickGuides on Canadian research topics, Kathryn is also a frequent contributor to the digital magazine The In-Depth Genealogist.
Kathryn is the past dominion genealogist of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada. Currently, she is a director at large with the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Canadian virtual chat coordinator for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and one of the founding partners of the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit.
Kirsty Gray is a professional genealogist and an heir hunter who runs her own research company, Family Wise, Ltd. As a freelance author, she has published articles in family, local, and social history magazines as well as handbooks across the globe. Kirsty has been researching the story of her paternal West Country family for many years, and in the late 1990s she realized that this eccentric hobby was called a surname study. In 2014 she cofounded the Surname Society and registered the Sillifant surname. The society exists to meet the needs of surname studiers in the 21st century.
Although still a relative youngster in the field of genealogy, Kirsty has been involved in family history for almost 2 decades and has lectured on various stages, from local to international to even floating! Having traded her day job as a teacher to follow her passion, Kirsty is widely sought after as a family history tutor, lecturer, and motivational speaker around the world. In the last year she has appeared on both BBC TV and in Canada on Family Finders and Qui Etes-Vous?
Lara Diamond is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland (JGSMD) and has been researching her family for 25 years, starting before she was old enough to have a driver's license and relying on her mother to be her chauffeur. She has traced all branches of her family back to Europe and most multiple generations back in Europe using records from the eras of the Russian Empire and the Austria-Hungarian Empire. Most of her research is in modern-day Ukraine, with a smattering in Belarus and Poland. She runs several town-focused projects to collect documentation and assist people researching ancestors from common towns. She blogs about her mostly Eastern European research at larasgenealogy.blogspot.com.
Laura Hedgecock is an author, storyteller, GeneaBlogger, and family history nut who is passionate about helping others tell their personal, family, and ancestral stories. Through her book and blog, Laura provides down-to-earth advice and creative ideas for sharing stories of the past.
Laurie Conklin is an amateur genealogist, writer, and caregiver. Her blog, What We Left Behind, details more than 100 years of family history in letters, photos, and artifacts dating from the 1880s to the 1980s. One day she will visit the places referenced in the letters and will get past the 1600s in her research.
Lisa is CEO of Genealogy Gems, a multimedia genealogy company, and host of the Genealogy Gems podcast (downloaded more than 2 million times!) at genealogygems.com. Lisa has authored several books, including Mobile Genealogy and the Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, 2nd Edition. Her website features a free newsletter, and the premium membership provides access to her video classes and genealogy society programming. She also writes for Family Tree Magazine and produces the Family Tree Magazine podcast.
A Brussels-based, Anglo-Belgian family historian, Marie Cappart is an author and a consultant to Belgium’s RTBF media for the centennial of World War I and to other media for history and family history projects.
Maurine Proctor is the editor in chief of Meridian Magazine, an Internet magazine updated daily for Latter-day Saints, with half a million readers. She is the author of several books and was the writer of the Spoken Word for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 15 years.
Michael T. Booth is vice president of RootsMagic, Inc., and is a software developer, an accomplished trainer, and the primary editor of the RootsMagic blog.
Michelle Goodrum pens the column “Timeless Territories” for the digital magazine Going In-Depth. She blogs at The In-Depth Genealogist and Turning of Generations, is the author of Digging for Ancestors, and is a teaching assistant for Boston University’s genealogical research program.
Myko Clelland, a British-based family historian for findmypast, regularly discusses family history on television, on radio, and in print. He also presents extensively to national institutions like the National Library of Wales, Oxford University, and the British National Archives to regional archives and to local societies across the UK. With postgraduate education in genealogy, he is frequently sought after as an international speaker. He is an avid Twitter user and a specialist in records that bring stories to life or add detail.
Nancy E. Loe has an MA in American history and MLS in library science and archives. She has managed library archives for 35 years and has directed NEH projects to digitize archives for researchers. She has appeared on PBS's American Experience.
Nicole has a BA in history teaching from Brigham Young University. She is a family history enthusiast, a mother of 3 children under the age of 6, and a blogger at familylocket.com, where she shares family history ideas aimed at kids, teens, families, and researchers of all levels. She has been researching her family for 14 years and has taught family history classes in her community for the last 3 years. She is passionate about sharing her love for family history with her children, siblings, cousins, and anyone who will listen!
Paul Woodbury was introduced to family history when his grandparents gave him a genealogy binder for Christmas in 1997. His interest began as an extension of his love for other cultures and countries. The discovery that some of his own ancestors came from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, and the Isle of Man sparked a lifelong love of his ancestors and their stories. After an introduction to genetic genealogy through PBS programming in 2006, Paul decided to pursue a career in the field.
Paul attended Brigham Young University, where he studied genetics and family history. The highlight of his studies was a 2-month, genealogy study abroad in France, Spain, Italy, and the Vatican. During this trip, Paul toured the Vatican Secret Archives, visited the Protestant library in Paris, transcribed a 15th-century Spanish script at the Royal Chancellery of Valladolid, and read a town minute book in which Machiavelli recorded Dante’s statements before the town council of Florence. However, the most exciting part of his trip came when Paul visited the home of his 5th great-grandfather, deep in the valleys of the French Pyrenees. There, engraved in the stone walls of the house, he found a 5-generation record of his family history dating back to 1673.
Since graduation, Paul has worked on numerous client projects around the world. He currently works as an outreach manager and DNA specialist for Legacy Tree Genealogists. He also works as a course developer for Salt Lake Community College, developing a semester-long, online course on genetic genealogy. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul specializes in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish family history research, and he regularly presents on research topics related to these fields.
Beyond genealogy, Paul enjoys singing, dancing, hiking, skiing, and balloon twisting. In October 2015 he married Robin Ellis, and they reside in Orem, Utah.
Paula is a mom of 5 who loves to blog at The Real Housewives of Riverton. She was an ambassador last year and loved being able to share the experiences she had with her readers and followers. She is excited to share even more with them this year.
Peggy Lauritzen is a family history director and a frequent speaker at genealogical society conferences. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, which are available at legacyfamilytree.com or amazon.com.
Rachel LaCour Niesen, a steward of stories and founder of Save Family Photos, is a Yankee by birth but a Southern storyteller at heart. When she is not curating vintage family photos, she enjoys adventures with her husband and partner in entrepreneurship, Andrew Niesen.
Randy Seaver writes daily on the popular Genea Musings blog about genealogy news, online family history resources, genealogy software, and his own research.
Renee Zamora is the author of Renee's Genealogy Blog. She has been blogging since 2005 and reports on happenings on the Latter-day Saint family history scene. Recurring themes on her blog include technology and organizing and how these relate to genealogy.
Rhonna is the owner, designer, and believer at Rhonna Designs. Her digital art is available to download from her website or from her award-winning mobile apps, Rhonna Designs and RD Magic. She loves to share ideas on how to uplift and inspire people using social media (this includes family history too).
Richard is a retired technology specialist who authors the blog Family History Tech. He has worked with genealogy for more than 40 years. Richard currently serves as the first vice president of the Family History Society of Arizona and is a delegate and webmaster for the Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board.
Risa Baker is a lifestyle blogger and Studio 5 contributor. Her DIY website empowers women to pick up power tools or glue guns and do things themselves. The ideas she shares revolve around kids and family and the making and preserving of memories.
Robin Foster has been researching and helping people discover and share information about their ancestors since 1985. As a blogger (Saving Stories) and columnist (Examiner.com), she works to heighten awareness of genealogical and historical resources through social media. Robin is a HubSpot-certified, inbound marketer. She was selected as one of Family Tree Magazine’s “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow” in 2014.
As part of a pioneering effort to share her knowledge on social platforms not traditionally used to disseminate genealogical information, she was among the first to use Pinterest for genealogy and was interviewed by Madame Noire (“Tech Talk: Pinterest Gains Ground with African-American Women”). Robin is co-owner of genealogyjustask.com, and she has helped build Genealogy! Just Ask groups on Facebook, with the main group having more than 17,600 members.
Rorey Cathcart is a lecturer and professional genealogist at Who Hunter, LLC, based in Charleston. Her research specialties include South Carolina, the Southern States, and Irish heritage. She has a special interest in advocating for social genealogy, using technology and social media to improve the research process. Rorey was a research team member for seasons 2 and 3 of Genealogy Roadshow on PBS. She currently serves as a director for the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
Ruby is a youth genealogist who has taught many classes on how to share information and include everyone in family history work. She especially loves teaching younger children and seeing them get involved in their history.
Shannon Combs-Bennett is based out of NOVA, where she writes and lectures on a variety of topics from genetics to methodology. She is the creative director for The In-Depth Genealogist and a staff genealogist at the national headquarters for the Colonial Dames 17th Century.
Sharn White is passionate about genealogy and blogging and attended RootsTech 2015 as a GeneaBlogger. A confident networker with a popular family history blog, Sharn has appeared on Coast Australia in 2014 with Neil Oliver and has additional experience with interviews and magazine articles.
Stacy Julian is a prolific scrapbooker, instructor, keynote speaker, author, blogger, and storyteller. The founder of Big Picture Classes and Simple Scrapbooks magazine (2002–2009), Stacy loves to share her passion for memory keeping and storytelling with worldwide audiences.
As a contributing editor at 2 major genealogy education platforms (Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems and Family Tree Magazine), Sunny Morton keeps up to date with the resources available on major genealogy websites. She uses ancestry.com every day and regularly writes tips for using the site. She is also the author of a laminated quick guide to using MyHeritage (Genealogy Gems publication) and has given presentations on the same subject. Sunny is a findmypast ambassador who frequently interacts with media contacts there to help identify and bring the best resources and tools to her audiences. She recently published an in-depth, investigative article comparing all 3 sites for Family Tree Magazine.
Tami Osmer Mize is the author of 3 blogs: Relatively Curious about Genealogy, Genealogy Top Ten, and Finding Family Stories. She is also the creator of the Relatively Curious Internet genealogy toolbar and cofounder of WikiChicks Genealogy News Network. She is the charter president and chapter liaison of the Second Life Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the first virtual APG chapter. Tami also serves as ambassador for findmypast and is an ambassador for StoryShelf.
Taralyn Parker is the family blogger behind Keep Moving Forward with Me. Her passion is sharing family stories with her 3 young children and using technology to preserve memories.
Terri O’Connell is a cofounder and executive director for The In-Depth Genealogist. Terri has been involved with genealogy since the late 1990s, when she started researching her family lines after the death of her maternal grandfather.
What happens when a tech guy with a love for history gets laid off during the Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder, and more.
Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of more than 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to repurpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.
Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.
Timo Kracke is a hobby genealogist with about 18 years of experience. He volunteers for several German societies and is a board member for Verein für Computergenealogie e.V. and Oldenburgische Gesellschaft für Familienkunde e.V. He is the voice of the German podcast der Genealoge, and in 2014 he started the genealogy project die Familienforscher, which publishes guides and ideas for involving kids in genealogy.
Toni Carrier is an anthropologist, historian, and genealogist. She holds a master’s degree in applied anthropology from the University of South Florida and is the founder of Lowcountry Africana (lowcountryafricana.com), the USF Africana Heritage Project (africanaheritage.org), and cofounder with Angela Walton-Raji of Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau (mappingthefreedmensbureau.com).
Valerie Elkins was named by Family Tree Magazine as one of the top social media mavericks. She is a frequent contributor to national columns on family history and is a well-known promoter of family history on social media.
Welsey Eames is CEO and cofounder of AncestorCloud and has spoken at dozens of genealogy conferences, technology meet-ups, and start-up events. He is a passionate genealogist, lifelong entrepreneur, technology enthusiast, public speaker, and blogger with large followings.
WikiTree is a free, online tool where people can connect to common ancestors on 1 world tree. WikiTree also shares news from around the genealogy community.