COURSE COORDINATORS AND INSTRUCTORS
Amy E. K. Arner specializes in western Pennsylvania research and editing genealogical works. She serves as the secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a past president of its Great Lakes Chapter. She is a proofreader for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and co-editor of the North Hills Genealogists [of Pittsburgh] newsletter. In 2015, the Association of Professional Genealogists awarded her its Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit for her service to the organization. Her early interest in a box of old family documents led to her taking courses at Westminster College, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D. (Biochemistry), JD, is an intellectual property attorney in Syracuse, New York. He has been a genealogist for nearly 30 years, and is a specialist in DNA evidence. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics and quoted in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired magazine, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008. He is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy (Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books, 2016) and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice (Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 2016), the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook.
Shelley Ballanger Bishop, is a professional genealogy researcher and writer specializing in Ohio research, as well as strategies for finding and preserving ancestor stories. She is a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine, the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, and other publications. An alumnus of the ProGen study program, Shelley has completed advanced coursework at GRIP, SLIG, Gen-Fed, and IGHR, where she received the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship. She is an officer of the Great Lakes Chapter APG. Shelley can be reached through her website at www.BuckeyeFamilyTrees.com.
Catherine Becker Wiest Desmarais, CG®, is a full-time professional genealogist and the owner of Stone House Historical Research. She locates missing or unknown heirs for attorneys and researches U.S. Army military repatriation cases, finding next-of-kin and family DNA donors for soldiers whose remains are unaccounted-for from past wars. She has served as the vice-president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (2014-2017) and as a former board member and Mentor Program Coordinator for the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG). Catherine’s writing has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Crossroads, The NYG&B Record, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Vermont.
Pam Stone Eagleson, CG® is a researcher, writer, and educator. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. degree in history and sociology, University of Southern Maine with a M. Ed., and Tufts University with a C.A.S. in Museum Studies. Winner of the 2004 National Genealogical Society’s Family History Writing contest, Pam has attended NIGR, IGHR, SLIG, GRIP, and VIGR. Certified since 2005 by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Pam served six years on the Board of APG and currently serves as Director of Region 4 on the Board of NGS. She lectures on genealogy sources and problem solving, is co-administrator of the Stone surname DNA project and is a member of several local, state and regional historical and genealogical societies. Her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal and the NGS Magazine.
Stefani Evans, CG®, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was Board certified in 2005 and elected to the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ (BCG) board of trustees in 2011. Since 2012 she has served on the board’s executive committee as member at large and vice president. From 2009–16 she was a trustee for the BCG Education Fund. During her 2010–14 term as a National Genealogical Society (NGS) director, she chaired the NGS 2013 Family History Conference. Besides teaching in the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum and You Be the Judge courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, she also mentored the ProGen2 Study Group and looks forward to her first time teaching at GRIP! Genealogists can read her work in Utah Genealogical Society’s Crossroads, NGS Magazine, NGS Quarterly, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record, and OnBoard, the Newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. In her other life, she is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of the North American West at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV); is the Nevada delegate for the Southwest Oral History Association, and is the project manager for the Building Las Vegas oral history and collecting initiative at UNLV University Libraries Oral History Research Center.
Nora Galvin, CG®, is a professional genealogist specializing in Irish and Connecticut research and genetic genealogy. A former secondary-school science teacher, she had a 16-year career as a laboratory scientist before starting her family-research business in 2005. Her work includes researching for clients and speaking on genealogy topics to genealogy societies and conferences. She is active in her local genealogy group, Connecticut Ancestry Society, and is editor of their quarterly journal. She is a past president of Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council and active as a volunteer consultant at their Ancestor Road Shows. Nora is a descendant of nine immigrants from eight counties in Ireland, and knows with absolute certainty where five of them originated. She is always looking for new information about the other four.
A native of Adamsville, Pennsylvania, Sierra Green completed her Masters in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. As an archivist at the Detre Library & Archives, Sierra is engaged in archival processing and reference services in addition to her work in public and educational programming. Throughout her graduate and professional work thus far, Sierra has fostered a deep passion for and interest in archival outreach, engagement, and public awareness. She takes great pleasure in discussing the professional tenets of archival arrangement, description, and preservation with genealogists and family historians through the lens of their personal family collections. In addition to presenting to members of the general public, Sierra has previously presented Family Archives Workshops to the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Pittsburgh Chapter as well as the North Hills Genealogists.
Harold Henderson, CG®, has completed more than 100 client projects since beginning professional work in September 2009, focusing on the 50 counties around Chicago in northeastern Illinois, southwestern Michigan, and northern Indiana — as well as feeder areas to the east and emigration areas to the west. He is conveniently located to work in libraries and archives from Chicago to Fort Wayne and particularly enjoys helping with problems that involve multiple locations and many different kinds of records.
Harold is a current trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and a former director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He has taught, lectured, and written about a myriad of topics involving proof arguments and genealogical problem solutions.
Patti Hobbs, CG® works as a part-time professional genealogist as well as occasionally in the Local History & Genealogy department at the Springfield-Greene County Library in Springfield, Missouri. Patti instructs on the use and analysis of DNA testing and how it complements traditional research in original records. She has researched extensively in Pennsylvania and Midwest courthouses and repositories. She volunteers as the webmaster and head of the Education Committee for the Ozarks Genealogical Society, as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and as a BCG Education Fund trustee. Patti is passionate about genealogical education and helping others understand the joys of seeking original records and learning more about their ancestors.
Cyndi Ingle is the owner and webmaster of Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, www.CyndisList.com , a categorized index to over 336,000 online resources. In its 21 years online Cyndi’s List has consistently remained in the top tiers for genealogical research tools online. It is an award-winning site which helps millions of visitors worldwide. It has been featured by the History Channel web site and in the media and several publications, including ABC News, NBC News, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, Wired, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 37 years, is the recipient of the 2016 National Genealogical Society President’s Citation. She is a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is a nationally known guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings and seminars (http://www.CyndisList.com/speaking-calendar/). Cyndi is the author of a best-selling book for genealogical research on the Internet titled, Netting Your Ancestors. She is also author of another book, a printed version of her web site, Cyndi’s List. Her latest book is Planting Your Family Tree Online: How To Create Your Own Family History Web Site. Cyndi and her son, Evan, live in Edgewood, Washington.
Melissa Johnson, CG® is a board-certified genealogist specializing in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and British families. She focuses on genealogical research from the colonial period to the present; family history writing, editing and publishing; dual citizenship for Italy and Ireland; DNA adoption research, and lineage society applications. She is currently the Reviews Editor of Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), and Editor of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey Newsletter. Melissa is also on the Board of Trustees of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH).
Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, of Monroe, New York, is an editor, author, lecturer, and professional genealogist, and is currently employed as editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. She was named a fellow of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in November 2012, and has served on the NYG&B Family History Advisory Committee (formerly the Education Committee) since 2011. She has lectured at national, state, regional, and local conferences, and coordinates the institute course, “Researching New York: Resources and Strategies,” at GRIP and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She holds an MA from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies (State University of New York, Oneonta). She has served on the boards of APG (as Regional Vice President and Director) and FGS (as Director; Vice President of Administration; National Conference Chair of the 1997 FGS conference in Dallas, Texas; and Chair of the FGS Public Relations Committee, 1992-1998).
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Tom has edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. He is a professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C, who works full time as a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He coordinates courses at the Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and the British Institute and has taught in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program. With over forty years of research and teaching experience, he frequently lectures, teaches, and writes about genealogical methodology. His interests include “blocked” lineages and genealogical problem solving. His latest publication is Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2013).
Brianne Kirkpatrick is a certified and licensed genetic counselor with clinical and research experience. After leading a long-term project on Direct-to-Consumer DNA testing for the National Society of Genetic Counselors, she launched WatershedDNA in 2016, a private tele-consulting practice that provides specialized services to adoptees and donor-conceived individuals in regards to ancestry testing. She brings an unique perspective to genetic genealogists.
Rebecca Whitman Koford, Certified Genealogist® focuses on Maryland and military research at the National Archives. Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She is an instructor for the Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research (IGHR), and has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference (NGS), Association of Professional Genealogists Conference (APG), webinars for Legacy and APG, and lectured for the Maryland State Archives, and for societies in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. She is a board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick, Maryland. She has published articles in the NGS Magazine, APG Magazine, and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. She is a graduate and former group coordinator and mentor of the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills; she was appointed ProGen Administrator in January 2015. Rebecca lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland. She is the proud mother of three newly minted adults and is grateful for her very patient husband.
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. Combing libraries, archives, cemeteries and courthouses as a teenager, Michael gained the skills needed to become a keen researcher. His first major challenge was tackled by finding his adopted mother’s birthparents in 1982. You can read about this adventure at his blog at Roots4U.blogspot.com with some engaging story telling, plot twists and new findings! A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range of topics with focus on genetic genealogy, social history, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century emigration to Pennsylvania, and more.
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 serving as a Family History Director, she frequently speaks at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. Some of those would include The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia and is an instructor at Ancestry Academy.
Connie Lenzen, CG®, works as a full-time genealogist. Her client base ranges from adoption research to complex kinship problems. She is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a past president of that organization. In addition, she has served as a National Genealogical Society Director (NGS) and on local genealogical society boards. She currently teaches in Boston University’s Genealogy Certificate Program. She has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the BCG Education Fund “Putting Skills to Work” workshop sessions at NGS conferences.
Denise May Levenick, MA, is a native Southern Californian with roots in New England, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She is an author, lecturer, blogger, and researcher with research interests in personal and family collections and the author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes (2012) and How to Archive Family Photos (2015).
Denise is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with degrees in Medieval Studies and Comparative Literature, and holds a Master of Arts in English from Claremont Graduate University. She has enjoyed careers in editing, publishing and teaching English, journalism, and technology. After inheriting a dozen family archives in less than a decade, Denise turned to researching and writing about her family and their collections full-time, and created the award-winning blog, The Family Curator. Denise is a frequent contributor to FamilyTree Magazine, Ancestry.com, and various genealogy magazines and journals.
Rev. David McDonald, DMin, CG®, just marked his fortieth year in genealogical research. He is a partner in the Michigan-based firm of Alcorn, Smith & Nason, LLC, a full-service genealogy research partnership. Board-certified since 2004, Dave lectures throughout the U.S. on matters related to migration, the Midwest, English research, religion and methodology. He coordinates GRIP tracks in religion and the states of the old Northwest Territory. Dave has lectured at IGHR and keynoted and coordinated for SLIG and ISBGFH. This July, he will co-lead the NGS research trip to Madison, Wisconsin. He was the consulting genealogist to the city of Chicago on the recent expansion of O’Hare International Airport. A trustee and past president of BCG, Dave serves as the Board’s secretary. A Wisconsin resident, Dave has lived in the Old Northwest for 49 of his 53 years. He resides with his wife, Dr. Jennet Shepherd, outside Madison, where he is a local church pastor serving in the United Church of Christ.
Angela Packer McGhie, Certified Genealogist®, focuses on genealogical education. She is the coordinator of the Intermediate Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Angela is an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, and the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. She served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program for six years and is now on the board of directors. Angela is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG, and her current positions include trustee of the BCG Education Fund, vice president of the GenFed Alumni Association, and facilitator for the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program.
Kelvin L. Meyers, a fifth generation Texan and professional forensic genealogist since 1996, is a frequent speaker to genealogical societies and family associations throughout the United States. He is a founding member for the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG), a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogist, and a past President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG. After being employed for ten years in the Genealogy Department of the Dallas Public Library, Kelvin now has a solo practice as a forensic genealogist serving clients that include probate attorneys, trust department of banks, the US Immigration Service and energy companies. He also specializes in southern brick wall problems for clients.
Kelvin is a 1989 and 1990 alumni of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and has returned to IGHR as lecturer. In 2016 he co-coordinated with J. Mark Lowe, “A Swing Through the South” at SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogical Research). Kelvin has recently published Research in Texas for NGS (National Genealogical Society) Research in the states series. Kelvin is also the director of the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR) sponsored by the Texas State Genealogical Society.
Debbie Mieszala, Certified Genealogist®, specializes in forensic genealogy, and 20th-century and Midwest research. She conducts genealogical research for the military to locate relatives of service members missing in past wars, and formerly conducted adoption-related research as an Illinois Confidential Intermediary. A national-level lecturer and author, she has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and she developed an Ancestry Academy course. Debbie’s work has been published in NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist, and OnBoard. She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Debbie has attended IGHR, NIGR, and GRIP. Visit her website and blog, The Advancing Genealogist at <advancinggenealogist.com>.
CeCe Moore is a full time professional genetic genealogist who is considered an innovator in the use of autosomal DNA for genealogy. Currently, she is working as the genetic genealogy consultant and scriptwriter for season three of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” and recently completed work as the DNA consultant for season two of “Genealogy Roadshow.” She also works extensively with individuals of unknown parentage to help them learn about their genealogy through DNA, often reuniting them with biological family members. She is the co-administrator of the “Adopted DNA” and “Unknown Fathers DNA” projects at Family Tree DNA and writes the blog “Adoption and DNA.”
As a leading proponent of genetic genealogy education, CeCe organizes conferences, teaches a number of courses around the U.S. and administers popular mail lists and the ISOGG Wiki focusing on genetic genealogy. She is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and has written the blog popular “Your Genetic Genealogist” since 2010.
One of CeCe’s primary goals is to encourage positive stories about the power of genetic genealogy in the media. She has appeared as a genetic genealogy expert on 20/20, CBS This Morning, The Doctors and “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” discussing high-profile cases that used DNA to trace family history and has been quoted on the subject by the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Business Insider, ABC News, Live Science, Huffington Post, The Root, The Invisible History of the Human Race and many more.
Nancy A. Peters, Certified Genealogist®, works as a researcher, author, and editor with special interests in genealogical problem solving and methodology. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Board for Certification of Genealogists® and as the editor of BCG’s OnBoard publication. She lectures at local and national conferences and has been an instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy’s Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum and the BCG Education Fund’s Putting Skills to Work workshop on evidence correlation. Her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, NGS Magazine, Crossroads, and other genealogical publications. Nancy’s client and personal research encompasses the southeastern United States, upstate New York, England, and Germany.
Kimberly Powell is a genealogical researcher, author, editor and volunteer. She is past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists and webmaster for the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. She has been the Genealogy Expert with About.com (http://genealogy.about.com) since March 2000 and is the author of several books, including most recently The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd edition (Adams Media, 2014). She has also contributed to several popular genealogy magazines, including BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?. Kimberly specializes in eastern North Carolina and southwestern Pennsylvania research, as well as French and English research. She has extensive experience at full-family genealogies, including immigrant families, branching out through multiple states, countries, and time periods.
Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG®, began his professional genealogy career in 1998.. Since 2002, he has been a full-time forensic genealogist, author, lecturer and expert witness specializing in estate, real estate, copyright and trademark research. Mr. Ramage became a board-certified genealogist in 2002. He has served as a Trustee, officer and now General Counsel of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) since 2010. In 2013, he served on BCG’s Genealogy Standards Committee that resulted in the complete revision of the industry’s standards published in 2014. His 25-year law practice included civil litigation, contracts, wills, estates, trusts and elder law. He has taught numerous forensic genealogy courses at genealogy conferences and institutes around the country. His related publications include “Standards and Forensic Genealogy,” OnBoard 22 (September 2016): 1, and “What Lawyers Need to Know about the Heir-Hunting Industry,” The Pennsylvania Lawyer (May/June 2013): 43.
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, is employed by the Family History Department in Salt Lake City as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited GenealogistCM with ICAPGenSM in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. He is the Irish course coordinator and instructor for the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a BA in Family and Local History. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 1997-2000, a national genealogical society umbrella organization, a past-president of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) 1993-1995 and a Fellow of that organization. He is a fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London and is a vice-president of the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). He is the past Chair of the joint Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society and International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies committee for Record Preservation and Access; serves on the board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and as a trustee for the Umpstead, Jr. and Elizabeth Jemima Philpott Rencher and the Winslow Farr, Sr. Family Organizations. He is vice-president of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History and an instructor for the British Institute.
Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, is a genealogist with a law degree who specializes in providing expert guidance through the murky territory where the law, genealogy and history intersect. She has spent the last decade learning her trade as a genealogist and has completed courses at the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University where she was a Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. prizewinner in Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis. She holds the credentials Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM from the Board for Certification of Genealogists® where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.
A long-time member of the adjunct faculty at Rutgers Law School in New Jersey, she now also teaches at IGHR and SLIG, lectures at national, regional and state conferences, and has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the National Genealogical Society Magazine, among others. Her daily blog, “The Legal Genealogist,” is widely popular and thought-provoking.
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL. A professional researcher, educator, author, and lecturer, Pam has developed, coordinated, and taught courses at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Boston University’s Professional Certificate Program in Genealogy, St. Louis (Missouri) Community College, and NGS. Former NGS director of education and publications and former board member of NGS and FGS, Ms. Sayre is co-author of Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family’s History and Heritage with the Power of the Internet (2003) and Research in Missouri (1999, 2007), former FGS FORUM Digitools columnist, and past editor of APGQ. A popular seminar presenter, she has spoken at genealogy conferences and seminars in thirty-one states.
Richard G. “Rick” Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a longtime genealogical researcher, lecturer and writer. His areas of research interest include urban research methodology, technology and mapping tools for genealogists, military records, immigration, the Ohio River Valley, and Western Pennsylvania. Rick is the coordinator for the Land Records: Using Maps course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University. He has also lectured at IGHR in the Advanced Methodology, Advanced Military, Research in the South, Techniques and Technology, and Land courses. Rick holds an M.A. in Management Information Systems and is a retired military officer, having served 31 years in the U.S. Army. He returned to government service working for the Defense Department as a civilian from which he is retired.
Marian L. Smith leads the History Program within the Records Division of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security, in Washington, DC. She is an expert on that agency’s historical records and research. Her current work focuses on digitization and data integrity in relation to USCIS’ old records, documenting old record location and retrieval processes, and mentoring junior staff. (Agency website: www.uscis.gov/
Karen Stanbary, CG®, specializes in Midwestern U.S. research, Chicago-based research, complex problem-solving and DNA analysis. She is a regular instructor in the Newberry Library Adult Education program in Genetic Genealogy, Advanced Genetic Genealogy and the Genealogical Proof Standard. She is board-certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, holding the credential Certified Genealogist.
Michael L. Strauss, AG, is a professional Accredited Genealogist employed as a Forensic Genealogist for nearly 25 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran He is a qualified expert witness in court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Michael was the film historian for the film “Finding Vivian Maier” which was nominated for an Oscar for Documentaries in 2015. He has been involved in Civil War reenacting for more than 25 years and most recently the Utah Living History Association.
Paula Stuart-Warren, Certified Genealogist® is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. Additionally, she has worked with several Native American Tribes and law firms on enrollment issues and researching tribal history and genealogy. She has researched onsite at the U. S. National Archives (multiple locations), Family History Library, Minnesota Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, and other state and local repositories from coast to coast. Since 1997 she has been a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, lectured numerous times at National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences, and in many states and Canada. This is her seventh year with the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Paula is a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, past President of the Northland Chapter of the APG, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She co-chaired the FGS 2001, 2011, and 2013 conferences. She has been named a Fellow of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and the Utah Genealogical Association in addition to other awards noted on her website. She is descended from eight ancestral countries and has researched family connections across the U.S. and Canada.
Paula has written for Ancestry Magazine, FGS FORUM, NGS Magazine, New England Ancestors, Minnesota Genealogist, findmypast.com, was editor of the former FGS Conference News Blog and currently has her own website and blog, Genealogy by Paula, http://genealogybypaula.com/
Amber Goodpaster Tauscher is a genealogist and lecturer based in Scottsdale, Arizona, who specializes in forensic genealogy research and traditional family history research across the United States. This past year, she was a Co-Coordinator for an advanced forensic course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Amber is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is past President/Chapter Representative for the Great Plains Chapter. She is also a past Board member and Mentor Program Coordinator for the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy and has taught at their annual Forensic Genealogy Institute.
Jane E. Wilcox is contributing editor of the NY Genealogical & Biographical Record and serves on the NY State Archives Advisory Committee. With her company, Forget-Me-Not Ancestry, in Albany, Jane specializes in colonial and early national New York and area research. She speaks at national genealogy conferences and institutes and hosted The Forget-Me-Not Hour podcast for over six years at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/JaneEWilcox.
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, and Deborah Lichtner Deal
Deborah Lichtner Deal is a co-director of GRIP. She is a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) Board of Trustees. Deborah served as the chairperson of the OGS week-long Summer Workshop and Ohio Genealogical Society Historian. She was the 2010 Exhibits Chair for the annual OGS conference and is the co-chair of the 2014 OGS conference. She is a Past President of the Muskingum County Chapter, and has served as chapter Newsletter Editor, Cemetery Chairman and Library Volunteer Coordinator. She was secretary and vice-president of the Morgan County Genealogical Society. Debbie is a member of APG, NGS, NEHGS and many state and county genealogical societies.
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, is a co-director of GRIP. She is the immediate past-president for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the Professional Genealogy course coordinator for Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research. She was an instructor for Boston University’s online Genealogical Research Certificate course (2008-2016). She was the course co-coordinator of the AG/CG Preparation Course at the 2010 and 2014 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She taught a beginning genealogy course for 14 years at a local community college. She was honored in May 2010 with the National Genealogical Society’s President’s Citation in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy. In 2017, the Association of Professional Genealogists awarded her their Professional Achievement award for which she received multiple nominations.
A western Pennsylvania researcher since 1986, Elissa is a past-president of the North Hills Genealogists [of Pittsburgh] and of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. She was a Director for the Association of Professional Genealogists for six years; co-edited a cemetery book series and appeared on the PBS-TV show “Ancestors 2″ in the cemetery episode and on the Travel Channel’s Dead Files in “The Instigator” episode. She is a contributing author to many publications such as the APG Quarterly and the NGS Magazine. She lectures regionally and nationally on such topics as Pennsylvania records, methodology, professional development and society management. You can see her in a video presentation on the BCG website and video lectures from the 2009 and 2010 Professional Management Conferences on the APGen.org website (PMC webcast) http://www.apgen.org/publications/pmc_webcast.html or
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