I'm a mother who loves to tell our family story, both present and past.
Legacy Tree Genealogists is the world’s highest client-rated genealogy research firm. Founded in 2004, the company provides full-service genealogical research for clients worldwide, helping them discover their roots and personal history through records, narratives, and DNA. Based near the world’s largest family history library in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, Legacy Tree has developed a network of professional researchers and archives around the globe.
My name is Amie Bowser Tennant, and I am The Genealogy Reporter. I have been active in genealogy for 18 years. I have enjoyed my service as a family history consultant and also my work as a family history writer for publications like RootsBid.com, GenealogyGems.com, the Ohio Genealogical Society publications, MyHeritage blog, NGS Magazine, and my own blog. I am currently on-the-clock for certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists and am a contributor to Legacy Family Tree Webinars.
Amy Archibald 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 taught others for nearly 25 years. She lives in Clearfield, Utah, with her husband and two children and blogs on family history topics at http://revealingrootsandbranches.blogspot.com/.
I have been a genealogy professional for 20+ years. I am a frequent speaker at genealogy events across the US, writer, editor, and owner of AmyJohnsonCrow.com, where I share practical advice so family historians can make more discoveries.
I'm Angela, and I blog over at Housewives of Riverton. I love learning about my ancestors and sharing these stories with my family. I think it's important to know where you came from and that your children can feel some sort of connection with these ancestors when they hear their stories.
Anita R. Henderson is known by many as The Author’s Midwife. As owner of The Write Image, LLC, she is creator of the Write Your Life™ Author Coaching Program and The Genealogist’s Writing Room, an online platform to encourage genealogy researchers to write the stories of their ancestors and their journey to find them.
Her work with professionals, entrepreneurs, and genealogy researchers has resulted in multiple award-winning books and has helped authors grow their media and online visibility, speaker platforms, industry credibility, and overall confidence in their ability to write a compelling, high-quality book.
Her own genealogy journey has revealed some compelling stories about ancestors who were enslaved, who owned businesses and land, who served in the military, and who lived regular everyday lives. She believes each ancestor has a life worth noting and a story worth sharing, and that, as researchers, we give voice to those who might otherwise be forgotten.
Anita is a dynamic speaker and instructor who has presented at national, regional, and local events as a keynote speaker, workshop and seminar presenter, panelist, and panel moderator. Her insight into the approach to writing and storytelling invigorates audiences and inspires them to write and share their stories.
Bernice A. Bennett is genealogy researcher, author, producer, and host of the popular Research at the National Archives and Beyond! Blogtalkradio. Her guests are nationally recognized historians, genealogist, book authors, and family researchers. Bennett is the recipient of the Sons and Daughters of the US Middle Passage first Ida B. Wells Service Award for her dedication to broadcast the stories about enslaved and indentured ancestors of African descent.
Her genealogy research is throughout Southeast Louisiana and South Carolina. Her South Carolina journey is chronicled in a collaborative book she co-authored, Our Ancestors, Our Stories, where she connects with newly discovered family members and the slave owner descendant of her paternal line. This connection is featured in 2014 by Fox 5 TV in Greenville, South Carolina, and is now shown on Bennett’s YouTube channel—Ancestors Footprints.
As a nationally recognized speaker, Bennett has presented her research at the Afro-American Historical and Genealogy Society, National Genealogical Society, South Carolina Genealogy Society Summer Workshop, the International Black Genealogy Summit, RootsTech and RootsTech Ambassador, Legacy Webinar and Illinois Genealogy Society Webinar, Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, Old Edgefield South Carolina Genealogical Society Southern Studies Showcase, LA Creole, and The Slave Dwelling Project.
Before becoming a full-time genealogist, Bennett, enjoyed a 35-year career in domestic and international Public Health. She received a Master's of Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Education Specialist at Quincy University. For the past 13 years, Byron has worked at the grant director teaching educators the benefits of getting students engaged through the use of primary source (historical) materials within their curriculum, including conducting oral history interviews with family members.
I'm Caitie, and I'm from Brisbane, Australia. I began researching my family history in 2009 when I was 18, and started blogging about it in 2012. I'm half Texan, so that makes my family history all the more of a challenge, but lots of fun! I am an avid supporter of using social media for genealogy, and I love encouraging other young people to learn more about their family history.
Carissa is passionate about her family, faith, sewing, fashion, blogging, DIY, and pilates. She's a busy wife and mom of two young kids and is always on the lookout for the newest technology especially when it helps makes capturing and preserving memories easier and more efficient. She loves bringing a young and fresh perspective to family history and getting other young people excited about it too.
I've been teaching the power of personal story for nearly 20 years. I've been involved in the storytelling, personal publishing, and family history industries since July 1990. I love teaching and sharing my passion with others.
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 through 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.
Cheri is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, the NextGen Genealogy Network, APG-SL Chapter, the South Carolina Historical Society, the South Carolina Genealogical Society, the North Carolina Genealogical Society, and several South Carolina County Genealogy Societies. She currently serves as program chair of the Grand Strand Genealogy Club and is the immediate past president.
A mother of 11 and grandmother of 16, Cheri lives in Myrtle Beach, SC where she enjoys spending time at the beach, patrolling for sea turtles and being with her family.
You can contact Cheri by email Cheri@carolinagirlgenealogy.com or by visiting her blog Carolina Girl Genealogy.
I am a genealogy educator with an expertise in Scottish research. I love helping people to connect with their ancestors and to their ancestral homeland.
I'm a fashion and deal blogger and I post on social media quite a bit about the LDS church; I have posted a few times about my pioneer ancestors but want to learn and share more!!
I have been involved in family history for 25 years. I've lectured internationally and domestically. I am the vice-president of the Michigan Genealogical Council, President of the Hungarian Genealogical Society of Michigan, Vice President of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society, and a proof-reader for the North Carolina Genealogical Society monthly newsletter. I blog about family history, maintain several Facebook groups about family history, and tweet about family history. I do a little bit of everything!
Dave Dowell, Ph.D., was a librarian for 35 years and a special investigative officer in the USAF for 4 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 http://blog.ddowell.com and coordinates three DNA projects.
I am the Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts since 1993. Since 2015 I have served as the co-host on Extreme Genes Family History Radio Show and Podcast. I have been involved in the field of genealogy since 1976.
Author, speaker, and family historian. Devon Noel Lee specializes in preserving and sharing family memories and motivating budding genealogists. She has published over 60 books, including a memoir and four family history how-to books, including the popular A Recipe for Writing Family History. With over 20 years experience in genealogy, Devon is a high energy speaker and lab instructor at local, state, and national genealogy conferences and public libraries. She educates and inspires the genealogy world weekly through videos at FamilyHistoryFanatics.com. This former beauty queen reported on pageant news for 16 years. She’s a Texas Aggie with degrees in marketing and journalism. Currently, Devon is a home educator for five superheroes.
Diana Elder, AGⓇ, is a professional genealogist, teacher, writer, and speaker. She has 14 years of research experience and holds a credential for genealogy research through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Her area of expertise is the United States Gulf South Region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
A lifelong learner and educator, Diana combines her passion for teaching and genealogy in numerous ways. She enjoys speaking at conferences and teaching youth and adults how to find their family. She has helped many extend their pedigrees and solve family history mysteries. She serves as a family history consultant in her LDS ward with the goal to help as many people as possible feel successful in family history. She is the presentation specialist for ICAPGen, educating genealogists in the accreditation process.
Diana co-writes the blog, Family Locket, where she shares research tips as well as ideas for creating and sharing family history.
Elizabeth O’Neal is a professional genealogist, writer, and educator living in California. Thanks to a favorite aunt who piqued her interest, she has been passionately researching her family history for more than three decades. Elizabeth began writing about genealogy in 2007, and currently authors the blog My Descendant’s Ancestors, where she shares family stories, technology and methodology tips, and hosts the monthly “Genealogy Blog Party.” When not hunting for ancestors, Elizabeth enjoys photography, ballet, and spending time with her family. She hopes that her one descendant will someday develop an interest in her ancestry.
After interviewing my great-grandmother; I put the answers she gave in a cardboard box that I kept for over 30 years. Then 18 years ago I decided: I can do this; I have the time. That's when this journey started. Through family history I've discovered numerous cousins, I've learned who my ancestors were and in some cases why they did the things they did. Along the way, I started my store, Shop the Hound, where we like to showcase tools for genealogy and some of the fun things. I'm a genealogy addict and I love sharing my addiction.
My interest in genealogy was piqued while I was a teenager. My mom was a volunteer at the local family history center, and during the summer she’d take me with her. My father’s dad was a huge family history enthusiast and I’d sit and go through his papers. Filling out family group sheets was far too satisfying.
It was always a hobby for me, but about 10 years ago I began to be more serious about the research. A friend asked me to help her with a brick wall, and it occurred to me that this might be the career I’d been in search of for quite some time. With that, Turning Hearts Genealogy was born.
I love dead people. They fascinate me. I love learning their stories about who they were and where they came from.
For me, every time I find an ancestor, it’s like finding a little piece of my own puzzle. I was adopted when I was a baby, but about 8 years ago I found my biological mother. I’ve been so blessed to be able to learn about both my biological and adoptive ancestors. It’s helped me understand that I’m a part of something so much bigger and more beautiful than just myself.
Helen is a speaker, researcher and author and has been researching family history since 1986 in Australia, England, Ireland, and Wales. She has a strong interest in medical and social history. She has registered the surname Quested, with the Guild of One Name Studies researching it worldwide.
She has spoken in every state in Australia, and internationally in New Zealand, Canada, USA, England and aboard the Unlock the Past cruises. She is the author of Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms, Google the Genealogist’s Friend, and numerous family history articles. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Genealogical Speakers Guild.
Hilary Gadsby has been doing family history research since the turn of the century and has been blogging about it since late 2007. Originally entitled Genemeet and meant to share her research findings with her family, her blog has evolved into Edge of Snowdonia. Though renowned for the beauty of its craggy peaks and beaches, Snowdonia (in northwest Wales), turns out not to be the most convenient location from which to do genealogical research.
Hilary’s research on her own and her husband’s families has been largely UK-focused, in English counties of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Leicestershire, and Rutland.
She’s a member of several family history societies despite the fact that geography prevents her from taking on a more active role in them. In addition, Hilary is a regular participant in online activities, such as DearMYRTLE’s Mondays with Myrt.
James L. Tanner B.A. Degree; Spanish, M.A. Degree; Linguistics, University of Utah. J.D. Degree; Law, Arizona State University. 2 years, Intelligence Analyst, U.S. Army. 39 years Arizona trial attorney. Over 34 years in genealogical research. Avid Blogger of Genealogy’s Star and Rejoice, and be exceeding glad. Ten years as a missionary at the Mesa, Arizona FamilySearch Library. Presently serving at the BYU Family History Library. Presenter at expos and conferences around the U.S. and Canada. Previously owner of a retail computer business and an Apple Macintosh software company. Professional photographer. Seven children and 33 grandchildren.
Past President New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Fellow Society of Genealogists London (FSG). QSM (Queens Service Medal) for service to Genealogy in New Zealand. The AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) award for meritorious service to family history. Community education tutor since 1985. WDYTYA, Rootstech, FamilySearch speaker. Local conferences. Hooked on Genealogy Tours each year since 1992 to SLC and UK. Auskiwi—born in Australia and live in NZ.
I am a mother of six kids ranging in age from teens to toddlers. We blog together at www.thegenealogykids.com. I'm a genealogist, graduate of BYU's Genealogy and Family History BA, and online instructor for BYU Idaho's Family History Research degree program. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Utah Genealogical Association and chair their Education and "First Families of Utah" committee. I LOVE RootsTech and all things family history!
I am a wife, mom, and grandma living in sunny California. My husband and I have five wonderful children, an awesome son-in-law, three amazing daughters-in-law, and three adorable grandchildren. Besides family history research and blogging, I enjoy reading, singing, baking, watching classic movies and musicals and spending time with my family.
I began my family history research following the death of my maternal grandfather, Debs Warren Webster, who passed away in 1994. He didn't really talk much about his family history (if at all). Debs was born in Brazil and my dad's ancestors were from Norway and Sweden. I just assumed I didn't have any kind of family history tied to the early history of the United States. But, after looking through family photos and documents belonging to my grandfather, Debs Webster, and through further research of my own, I discovered I was very wrong. Needless to say, my family history research has been a very interesting, enlightening, and fun (yes, I said fun) journey of discovery.
I have served as a family history consultant and taught a family history class for six years at church. I have also previously served as a volunteer librarian at our local family history center. I've also had the opportunity to serve as an official blogger for the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy in July 2015, and as a RootsTech ambassador in February 2016.
I'm Jenn, and I blog at housewivesofriverton.com. As a mom to 7 children I am passionate about recording our stories. I love documenting our daily lives, and when the opportunities arises, to talk to the kids about our families and how our lives are different from what our grandparents, etc., went through.
Jennie is a holder of the Diploma in Family Historical Studies and A/Diploma in Local and Applied History and authored the best-selling Family and Local History Sources in the Sydney Area. Turning her professional genealogist career into working as a book researcher for Australian authors has seen Jennie work on more than 100 books, including biographies of Chrissy Amphlett, Rod Laver, Margaret Court, and Anita Cobby. Jennie is a past secretary of the Australian Federation of Family History Organisations, and is currently the administer of the North Antrim Local Interest List, committee member and supervisor of candidates for the Diploma in Family Historical Studies with the Society of Australian Genealogists, committee member and social network coordinator and newsletter editor for The Surname Society and volunteers at Botany Bay FHS Research Centre.
Jennifer is a traffic engineer by day and a genealogy professional and lecturer by night. Her research specialties include Jewish resources and the Midwest. Her business, Jenealogy, creates engaging family history treasures to enhance the bond between generations. As a partner with The In-Depth Genealogist, she has taken the role of publisher of The In-Depth Genealogist’s magazine, Going In-Depth, and several books written by their contributing writers.
I'm a family lifestyle blogger and am also embarking on beginning a lifestyle show on YouTube with a focus on family history and making it applicable to the everyday family!
I'm an eternally curious Yankee with deep roots in New England. At 15 my grandfather showed me photos of short, squat German ancestors, and being at the time short and squat myself, I felt an immediate kinship and need to know more about my ancestors. I'm not only a genealogy geek, but I'm a tech geek. I am the keeper and loving caretaker to my family history. I'm a regular attendee to NERGC, Jamboree, RootsTech and other local conferences to learn more about being a better researcher and meeting fellow Genies. I belong to my local DAR chapter as well as the Descendants of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut Society of Genealogists and a few Massachusetts and Indiana societies. I married a local guy, and we raised our three daughters in the town he and I both grew up in (Windsor, CT). I champion for the archiving of the history of Windsor in my job as Executive Director of Windsor Community Television and believe communication amongst neighbors forms deep and lasting bonds within a community. Did I mention that I love cats?
I teach genealogy, research for other people, and write for The In-Depth Genealogist. I have been researching my own family for over 35 years.
Jessie is married to an amazing man and they have 4 young, very energetic kids! Her love for family history started when she was a little girl, listening to her grandma tell stories of their ancestors. She loves to find time to get to know her ancestors and has a passion for teaching others how to do the same. She taught at RootsTech in 2016 and was an ambassador in 2017. She is also launching her family history podcast in October 2017!
Jill (GeniAus) Ball, a former librarian, teacher, and IT specialist, is an amateur genealogist and grandmother of 12 from Sydney. Jill has presented at international, national, and state education, IT, and genealogy conferences. She has represented Australia as an ambassador at each RootsTech conference. Jill serves on the Education Committee of The Society of Australian Genealogists and is an organizer of Hornsby Shire Family History Group.
Jill shares her passion and enthusiasm for social media, technology, and genealogy through her blog GeniAus (geniaus.blogspot.com), website (www.geniaus.net), social media, webinars, and talks. On three occasions Jill has been voted by fellow genies as Australia’s Gold Genealogy Rockstar. Society affiliations include the Hawkesbury Family History Group, Hornsby Shire Family History Group (Communications and Social Media), The Society of Australian Genealogists (Education Committee Member), and The Surname Society (Newsletter Columnist).
Judy Nimer Muhn began her family history journey at the age of 12, when her Aunt Catherine began sharing the family's history to help Judy with a school assignment. Judy began taking pro bono clients in the 1980s, moving into professional and paid work in the 1990s. An international presenter, writer, and traveler, Judy is the corresponding secretary for the Oakland County (Michigan) Genealogical Society, delegate to the Michigan Genealogical Council, former Clan Elliot-Northern California genealogist, and AOL Genealogy Forum host, and member of many genealogy societies in the U.S., Canada, and France.
Kathryn Lake Hogan is a professional genealogist, author, educator, and speaker who specializes in finding your ancestors in Canada.
Kirsten Wright is a 3rd generation innovator interested in preserving personalized memories using the latest technology of the time. As a true daddy’s girl, she grew up enduring silly interviews using cassette tape by her dad. During the process of creating the iphone app KID CHATTEROO, she learned that her “Grandpa Pappy,” a broadcasting professional, also interviewed her dad when HE was little on one of the first tape recorders in the Utah Valley in the late 1940s. She has been on Studio5 many times sharing family fun ideas and many other news outlets. She created with her cousins a family cookbook that took over 1,500 collective hours and enjoyed teaching a class at Roots Tech in 2016. She is most proud to be a wife and also a mother to 4 awesome kids.
Kirsty Gray. The UK's No. 1 Genealogist, People Finder, and Heir Tracer. Family and local historian. Worldwide Sillifant surname study. Tetcott and Luffincott one-place studies. Founder and Chair of The Surname Society. Founding Chair, now Secretary of Society for One-Place Studies. Managing Director of Family Wise Limited. Author and world-renowned lecturer. Superstar (Gold Medallist) Rockstar Genealogist for UK and Ireland 2015 and 2016. Featured genealogist on Qui-Etes Vous? (Who Do You Think You Are?) in Canada and BBC1’s Family Finders in the UK. Networking Queen and member of 4Networking Community. Member of Ontario Genealogical Society and Co-Chair for Conference 2018. Member and Chair of West Middlesex Family History Society. Member of Devon Family History Society.
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.
Lara Diamond has been researching her family for 25 years, since she was too young to have a driver's license and had to rely on her mother as a chauffeur. She has traced all branches of her family back to Europe and most multiple generations back in Europe using Russian Empire-era and Austria-Hungarian Empire records. Most of her research is in modern-day Ukraine, with a smattering of Belarus and Poland. She is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland, leads JewishGen's Subcarpathian SIG, is on Ukraine SIG's board of directors, and runs several town-focused projects to collect documentation to assist all those researching ancestors from common towns. She blogs about her research and dealing with endogamous DNA at http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com.
Laura Hedgecock is an author, storyteller, speaker, and GeneaBlogger obsessed with family history and passionate about helping others tell their personal and family stories. She’s the author of two books (so far). Blogging for Family History: How Launch a Blog and Make It Successful, guides family historians as they choose a website-building platform through making their blog or website shine. Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life guides and empowers memory collectors and family storytellers with down-to-earth, practical storytelling advice and creative ideas for preserving and sharing personal and family stories.
Along with Pat Richley-Erickson (aka DearMYRTLE), Hedgecock heads up the leadership team for GeneaBloggersTRIBE, a group of 3100+ online genealogy content providers. Ms. Hedgecock’s website TreasureChestofMemories.com is full of family history and storytelling resources, and her blog (TreasureChestofMemories.com/blog) is all about preserving and sharing memories and stories. She is a member of APG and Genealogical Speakers Guild.
Laurie Roberts is an amateur genealogist and author of the blog, Sharing the Past. She is on a mission to share not just the names and dates of her ancestors, but also their personal stories. Lucky for her, they left behind clues in over 100 years of photos, letters, and memorabilia from the 1860s to the 1980s. Based in Los Angeles, she is also a business consultant, caregiver and loves to travel.
Leland Meitzler has been actively involved in genealogy since the 1970s. With his brother, Steve, he founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and currently operates Family Roots Publishing Co., and blogs at GenealogyBlog.com.
I am a retired teacher who has been doing family history research since 1980, both for myself and others, researching records in the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Sweden, England, Slovakia, and Ireland. I began writing my blog in January 2014 with the goals of sharing research tips and resources along with finding new cousins.
Host of the Genealogy Gems podcast, Family Tree Magazine podcast, author, international lecturer, and video producer at https://www.youtube.com/user/GenealogyGems.
Lynn Broderick, a.k.a. the Single Leaf, is a writer by birth, a teacher by profession, and a researcher by passion. She enjoys researching individuals of the past in the context of family, community, and social history. Lynn loves to coach people on how to pursue their family history and has done so for over 30 years! She combined her childhood memories of football and genealogy to author Family History and Genealogy—A Game for All Seasons, a beginner’s guide to family history research.
An Anglo-Belgian family historian based in Brussels (BEL) with British, Belgian, Dutch and French roots, I live for family history. Initiated by my maternal grandmother as a child, I never stopped! My love for family history led me to study history at ULB (Brussels Uni). I'm now a professional genealogist for 7 years as well as a consultant for various international medias (one of my missions is to help Belgian media RTBF with WWI centenary). I've got experiences with archives, medias, editing, and writing. Author of one book on researching British ancestors for French speakers (2013) and another one how to research ancestors in Belgium (2017). Another book is in the writing stage now. This will be my 3rd RootsTech and my second as an ambassador.
I've been researching my family history for over 15 years. I've been blogging since 2016. I'm also the social media coordinator for the NextGen Genealogy Network.
Melissa Corn Finlay received a BA degree in Family History-Genealogy from BYU. She has been researching ancestors for 26 years and teaching others for nearly 20. Melissa writes on a variety of genealogy topics at www.boundlessgenealogy.com and shares stories about her ancestry at www.finlayfamily.org.
My passion is family, current, past, and future. I'm working on my family history, including finding my living relatives since my great-great grandfather came from Iceland in the late 1800s. The research I've done shows he likely has 5,000 decendants to date. Family history is amazing, trying to fire up the same passion in others.
Vice President of RootsMagic, Inc.; Family history software developer and presenter.
Family historian, researcher, speaker, and writer Michelle Roos Goodrum is a teaching assistant for Boston University's Genealogical Research Program.
Michelle became involved in family history in the early 1990s when she realized her ancestors saved everything from photographs and important family documents to the smallest trinkets. Michelle is now the caretaker of nearly 140 years of her family’s history.
As a photography enthusiast, Michelle understands the importance of preserving family photos both historic and recent. There are many digital preservation tools available today to both preserve and share family photos and historic documents.
Some of the dusty documents Michelle discovered in her family's papers were related to her ancestors’ homes. This sparked an interested in land and property records. She loves traveling to their former homes to get a feel for what their lives might have been like.
Michelle is also passionate about genetic genealogy and regularly attends DNA classes at genealogy institutes and conferences.
When she's not teaching, mapping her family's chromosomes, or sorting through her inherited family history, you can find Michelle blogging at The Turning of Generations < https://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/>
Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, and documentarian with more than 18 years of experience as a genealogist.
Nicole Dyer has been researching her family and delighting in their stories for the past 15 years. She began learning about genealogy as a teen with her mother, Diana, when they inherited a suitcase of genealogy research from her grandfather. They started making discoveries about their ancestors with all the resources available online. Nicole started a website called FamilyLocket.com in 2015, where she and Diana write articles about how to research and share family history. Nicole volunteers at the Tucson Family History Center, teaching a family history storytime group for young children and at the Pima County Genealogy Society as a steering committee member. She studied history teaching at BYU and taught middle school history before starting a family. She and her husband Lance have three children, ages 6, 3, and 1, and they live in Tucson, Arizona.
DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog, consistently among the top 5 family history blogs internationally, where the focus is beginning genealogy topics.
DearMYRTLE hosts several weekly hangouts including Mondays with Myrt, Wacky Wednesday, and moderates more intense study groups, including Beginning Genealogy, Mastering Genealogical Documentation, Mastering Genealogical Proof, The Written Conclusion, and Genealogy and the Law.
Online since 1985 in membership development with Q-Link's Your Family Tree and later on the leadership team of AOL's Golden Gate Genealogy Forum, Pat is a retired post-secondary computer instructor. She and her husband live in Salt Lake City, Utah, just a stone's throw from the Family History Library.
A speaker at regional and national conferences, including several livestreamed videocasts at RootsTech 2011, 2012, and 2013. Ol' Myrt and her team presented computer workshops at RootsTech 2015 and 2017. She has served RootsTech as an official blogger and ambassador (2011-2017) and will do so again in 2018.
DearMYRTLE is a co-founder of the Genea-Quilters group on Facebook, and founder of www.GeneaWebinars.com, a centralized calendar and blog for all known genealogy webinar hosts and virtual presenters. She serves as admin for The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group and is a transition team leader for GeneaBloggers with over 3,100 genealogy content providers.
I'm a wife to one and a mom to 5. As my children are growing older, I want to preserve the memories from their childhood for them to have later. I'm also trying to make sure that I'm working on mine and my husband's family history so that we will have that information to share with our loved ones.
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. With her experience serving as a family history director, she frequently speaks at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, and is a well-known webinar presenter. She is also an instructor at Ancestry Academy, GRIP, and Family Tree University.
I started to fall in love with family history about four years ago when I attended my first RootsTech conference with my husband, Mat, who is an avid family historian. I covered the event for the Standard-Examiner, where I was reporter at the time. In the last year and a half I have worked to create a business called Evalogue.Life with our president, Rhonda Lauritzen. Together we have built a business of telling people's stories and sharing ours to help and encourage others. Writing and telling family stories is my passion, and I love to work alongside my husband, who is talented in finding the facts, and I fill in the stories. We have 6 children ranging in age from 22 to 6 and live on the East Bench in Ogden, Utah.
Rachel LaCour Niesen is co-founder of Save Family Photos, an organization that is on a mission to save family stories, one photo at a time. When a much-loved uncle gifted Rachel with her first SLR camera, she found her calling in photography. In pursuit of her passion, she headed to the University of Missouri, where she studied photojournalism and art history. There, she met Andrew, her partner in life and business. Together, they founded Save Family Photos and weGather, software that helps families collaborate to add memories to their analog photos.
I am a native San Diegan, a graduate of San Diego State University, a retired aerospace engineer, a genealogist and a family guy. My wife (Angel Linda) and I have two lovely daughters, and five darling grandchildren. We love to visit them and have them visit us. Angel Linda and I love to travel to visit friends and relatives, to sightsee, to cruise, or to do genealogy. Our travels have taken us all over the USA, to England, Down Under, and Scandinavia.
Blogger reporting on what's happening on the LDS family history scene. Technology and organizing, and how they relate to genealogy, are also recurring themes. Renee lives in American Fork, Utah, with her husband. They have three children. She currently works for RootsMagic.
Rhonda Lauritzen is a professional memoir and family history writer; she also loves to teach. She is the founder of Evalogue.Life which shares tools of the trade and resources to anyone wanting to tell a personal or family story. Lauritzen and a team team stay on the leading edge by doing oral history interviews, research, writing, and video for clients.
Rhonna Farrer strives to uplift and inspire others through her graphic art, her award-winning mobile device apps, and social media. She enjoys creating on a daily basis and is inspired by her family and her faith. She loves teaching friends of all ages HOW to use social media for good and how to share their own goodness with others. One of her favorite ways of doing this is sharing family history through social media and by using her Rhonna Suite apps and others on handheld devices. She loves empowering them with ideas and inspiration that will connect hearts to the charts.
Richard has been working with genealogy for over 40 years. He is a retired technology specialist with the federal government. He authors several blogs, including www.familyhistorytech.com, which investigates technology and genealogy. Richard has taught genealogy courses at the local community college, has been a presenter at FHExpos, RootsTech 2014, RootsTech 2017, and Family History Society meetings across the greater Phoenix and Mesa area. He was an FGS 2015, RootsTech 2016, and RootsTech 2017 ambassador.
He currently serves as the President of the Family History Society of Arizona, and he is a delegate and webmaster to the Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board. Richard is also the coordinator for the Mesa Legacy Family Tree User Group.
Ruth Blair is a professional genealogist and lecturer based in Oakville. She has been doing family history research for over 40 years. She has researched her family history from Canada to Ireland, England, Scotland, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. She has her Professional Learning Certificate for Genealogical Studies for Canada, England, and Ireland from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.
Ruth has written two books. The first was called Planning a Genealogical Trip to Ireland: The Research Trail in Dublin, and the second was called Remembering Trafalgar Township, a book commemorating the township’s 200th Anniversary. She also writes the The Passionate Genealogist blog.
Journalist and genealogist, Schelly is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage. An award-winning pioneer Jewish genealogy blogger (Tracing the Tribe, since 2006), and Facebook group with 17,000+ global members. Her articles have appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Avotaynu, Hadassah, Reform Judaism, JTA, and many media outlets, Jewish and general. She was the genealogy columnist for the Jerusalem Post ("It's All Relative," 1999-2005, print and online). An international speaker, she has presented at conferences in the US, UK, Israel, Hong Kong, Australia, and elsewhere. She has tracked her Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Mizrahi families across the Russian Empire, Spain, and Iran for some 30 years. She has received NGS, ISFHWE, and IAJGS awards for excellence.
Scot Facer Proctor, publisher of Meridian Magazine. We are updated daily and keep our finger on the pulse of a global and growing Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have supported RootsTech from the beginning and loved being involved in any way with family history and genealogy.
I am the host of Extreme Genes- America's Family History Show and Podcast. I started the show in 2013, and we are now heard over 500,000 times a month.
Shannon Combs-Bennett is an award winning author, lecturer, and researcher based out of Northern Virginia. She earned her BS in biology from Indiana University with an emphasis in genetics, which makes her a little over-excited to talk about genetic genealogy to everyone. Currently Shannon is enrolled at the University of Strathclyde in Genealogical, Heraldic, and Paleographic studies working toward earning a MSc. In addition to contract work, Shannon is a staff genealogist for the National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century.
I am an Australian family historian with a passion for all things family history and genealogy. I enjoy speaking about a range of topics including German records and immigration, using newspapers to find family stories, Australian convict records, Irish parish records, wills, researching house histories, people, places and identity, blogging as a way to record and connect, and a number of other subjects. I have appeared on an international television series providing information about Australian convict history. I believe that genetic genealogy is an extremely important tool for confirming the ancestry paper trail and for connecting with cousins, and I have a keen interest in this area. Currently I have three active family history blogs where I enjoy sharing my family history discoveries, family history stories, and tips, which I hope will help others with their own family history reseach.
Genealogist and family historian, specializing in teaching, training, and mentoring. Former VP UGAgenealogy, FHC director, trainer, tech support, and now an area family history consultant continuing her teaching and training. Totally in love with DNA genealogy and helping others connect with family! Retired after 30-year career in management and loves spending time with family and friends.
I'm a contributing editor at Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems podcast and website. We teach and inspire genealogy lovers around the world with over 2 million podcast episode downloads; a website packed with free articles, videos, and other tutorials; and a thriving Premium membership community who enjoy an exclusive podcast and full-length video classes.
Sylvia Valentine is a UK-based researcher and has been researching her own family history for almost 40 years. She is a graduate of the University of Dundee, with a Master of Letters degree in family and local history. She is now a doctoral student researching compulsory smallpox vaccination in Scotland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She owns her own research company, Recover Your Roots. Her specialist area of interest concerns the records created by the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. Sylvia tutors online family history courses and is an honorary teaching fellow of the University of Dundee. She is a member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists (RQG), Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (ASGRA), The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and is an associate member of the Association and Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA).
I've been a passionate and obsessive genealogist since the turn of the century. I began lecturing on using the internet for quality research in 2006 and helped put together the class offerings for the first RootsTech. I've shared genealogy research and tech tips as RelativelyCurious.com, and since 2016, have also managed ConferenceKeeper.org, maintaining a free online genealogy events calendar. I organized and was the charter president of the SecondLife chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists—the first virtual chapter of APG, and organized and am currently president of the SecondLife Genealogical Society—the first virtual society in FGS. My graphic design background led me to also design and create genealogy websites and do layout and design for print and online publications for genealogy societies. My passion is providing helpful service to those who are looking for their own family history.
Taralyn Parker is a mother of four and a blogger who believes in the power of stories. She has loved family history since she was a child and now shares this enthusiasm with her family and community. Whether hosting an indexing party for over a hundred or playing family history bingo with her children, Taralyn loves to see the spark in others' eyes when they make a family connection.
I am Ron Tanner's daughter. I am involved to help him be accessible to the ambassadors and attendees of Rootstech.
Terri O'Connell is a genealogist who has spent two decades tracing her family; from the Revolutionary War to the potato famine, each story is a gift when found. Terri is also the executive director for The In-Depth Genealogist, a woman owned publishing company which provides educational resources for the genealogical community.
Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy author and educator 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.
Tierra Cotton-Kellow, is a professional photographer, cinematographer, and genealogist from Aberdeen Maryland. She is a wife and mother of 3 human children and 1 fur-baby. Tierra is the creator and writer of the genea-blog "Pressing My Way" and host of the online genealogy web series featuring the same name. She displays a passion for both African American and genetic genealogy and uses her social media skills and influence to share her personal journey as well as coach young minds towards pressing their own way.
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.