SLIG 2022 Faculty

Scott Andrew "Drew" Bartley

Scott Andrew Scott Andrew Bartley is a trained librarian/archivist and a professional genealogist since 1984. Drew is known as a scholar for all aspects of Vermont research, but also specializes in colonial New England and Mayflower scholarship. He was the past editor for the Mayflower Descendant and Vermont Genealogy. He has lectured all around the country, was an early teacher with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies out of Toronto, published seven books, edited five more, and was author of 65 articles. He is currently the researcher for the Early Vermont Settlers Study Project at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

F. Warren Bittner

Warren BittnerF. Warren Bittner holds an MS (History), and works full-time in genealogical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. He was assistant director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in 2010. He is the former German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake where he planned microfilming, indexing, and internet publications. He made several appearances on the PBS television series Ancestors 2. He has done extensive research in US, German, and Swiss records, and is an expert in late nineteenth-century New York City Research. He is a former member of the board of directors for the Utah Genealogical Association. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, The Palatines to America Society, and the Mid-Atlantic German Society. He is married to Nancy Ruth Christensen and is the father of three children.

Angie Bush, MS

Angie Bush, MSAngie Bush, MS (Biotechnology), BS (Molecular Biology), is the Director of Region 1 for the National Genealogical Society. She is a professional genetic genealogist and has been researching her own family since she was 8 years old. She regularly provides advice regarding genetic genealogy to other genealogists in the Salt Lake City area. Prior to her involvement with genetic genealogy, she pursued a career in molecular and clinical genetics. Between obtaining her bachelors and masters degrees, she spent several years working in the biotech industry where she gained an in depth, working knowledge of the technologies used in DNA testing. Angie has helped many adoptees to find their biological family through autosomal DNA testing, and is particularly focused on using DNA as a genealogical record to reconstruct relationships and break down brick walls – whether they are recent or several hundred years old.

Angie is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists, International Society of Genetic Genealogists and Utah Genealogical Association.

Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CG

Catherine B. W. Desmarais, CGCatherine B. W. Desmarais, CG, is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and educator, and owner of Stone House Historical Research. Board-certified since 2011, she specializes in forensic research for probate, real estate, and military repatriation cases. She has a broad range of experience in the U.S. and internationally, with a particular focus on Vermont and Ireland.

Catherine is the immediate past Vice-President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and has previously served on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. She has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont, and has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh, and the Forensic Genealogy Institute. Her research and writing has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Crossroads, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

Lara Diamond, MSE

Lara Diamond, MSE Lara Diamond, MSE, is a mathematician who began researching her own family around 1989. She has traced all branches of her family multiple generations back in Europe using Russian Empire-era and Austria-Hungarian Empire records. Most of her personal research is in modern-day Ukraine, with a smattering of Belarus and Poland. She has done client research leading to their ancestors in many parts of the former USSR, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania and more.

Lara leverages her mathematics background and her endogamous Ashkenazic genome to augment document-based research with genetic genealogy and teaches how others can have successes in genetic genealogy in endogamous situations.

She is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland, leads JewishGen's Subcarpathian SIG, and is on JewishGen's Ukraine SIG's board of directors. She has lectured around the country and internationally on Jewish and Eastern European genealogy research as well as genetic genealogy. She also runs multiple district- and town-focused projects to collect documentation to assist all those researching ancestors from common towns. Lara blogs about DNA and her Eastern European research at http://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com.

Diana Elder, AG

Diana Elder, AGDiana Elder, AG, is a professional genealogist accredited in the Gulf South region of the United States. She serves as an ICAPGen Commissioner, heading the Presentation Committee. Diana and her team teach about the accreditation process and produce the ICAPGen YouTube video content. Diana authored Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and co-authored the companion volume, Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist’s Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence. Diana and her daughter, Nicole Dyer, are the co-owners of Family Locket Genealogists and host the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast. They share research tips on their website, FamilyLocket.com, and provide educational experiences with their online courses and study groups.

Diana has lectured at the National Genealogy Society Conference, RootsTech, the APG Professional Management Conference, and the Brigham Young University Conference on Family History and Genealogy. She regularly presents lectures and seminars for genealogy societies and has completed courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Georgia Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research. Diana is a graduate and past mentor of the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Emily Garber, MA

Emily Garber, MAAn archaeologist by training (B.A., Vassar College; M.A., University of New Mexico), Emily Garber is a professional genealogy researcher, writer and speaker who specializes in Ashkenazi Jewish genealogical research and methodology. She has researched her own family and client immigrant families from both Eastern European (Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine, Romania, Poland, and Latvia), Austrian and Bavarian Jewish communities. In 2013, she toured family shtetlach (towns) and explored archives in Ukraine.

After retiring from her 30+ year career in natural resources management, Emily earned a certificate from Boston University's Genealogical Research Program. She has spoken at local, regional and national genealogical conferences (NGS and IAJGS) and presented talks, webinars, and seminars throughout the United States and internationally. Emily was coordinator as well as an instructor for a Jewish genealogy course taught virtually for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in 2020. She has authored three articles published in Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy and, for a client, completed two privately published volumes chronicling the 300-year history of a German Jewish family.

Emily is Chair of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group and on the boards of the International Society of Jewish Genealogical Societies and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. She served for about ten years as one of the moderators of the JewishGen Discussion Group and served on the boards of JewishGen’s Ukraine and Romania Research Divisions. In addition, she has supported the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies annual conferences by twice serving on conference planning committees and once as the official conference blogger. She writes a family history blog, The Extra Yad (http://www.extrayad.blogspot.com).

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, is an author and lecturer who focuses on Genealogical Methodology and African American families with roots in the South. She has served as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 2016, and as the registrar general of the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage lineage society since 2017. Previously LaBrenda was a facilitator on the faculty of Boston University's Online Genealogical Certificate Program. LaBrenda earned a BA in government from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and both a Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from New York University School of Law. In 2016 LaBrenda published A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina and Selected Finding Aids, a book that was widely acclaimed as a model for research in South Carolina and other states. Other publications are listed on her website at www.labgarrettgenealogy.com.

Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL

Paul GrahamPaul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL, is a Senior Genealogist at AncestryProGenealogists where he conducts unknown parentage and complex brick-wall research. In that role he has led research for nine episodes of the television show Who Do You Think You Are? Paul is BCG-certified and an ICAPGen Accredited Genealogist professional; he holds a master’s degree in public history and a professional certificate in geographic information systems. He has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles, including Georgia Courthouse Disasters and Georgia Land Lottery Research. His publications have earned him the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Award for Excellence and the American Society of Genealogists (ASG) Scholar Award, and he is a winner of the NGS Family History Writing Contest.

Diane Gravel, CG

Diane Gravel, CGDiane Florence Gravel, CG, is a Board-certified genealogist, working as a full-time genealogical and historical researcher and lecturer. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she lived in Miami, Florida, before moving to Thornton, New Hampshire, in 2001. There, she became immersed in New England research, and in 2002 was appointed co-editor of New Hampshire Families in 1790, a project of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists documenting the families of the 1790 census. She lectures at regional and national conferences and has been an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Diane has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and chaired its Chapter Review Committee. In recognition of her work for APG, she was awarded the 2018 Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit. She is also a Past President of APG’s New England Chapter. Diane currently serves as President of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists. She has been a trustee of the Thornton Public Library since 2004.

Jana Greenhalgh, AG

Jana Greenhalgh, AGJana Greenhalgh, AG, graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Family History & Genealogy in 2003. She taught genealogy as an adjunct faculty member for Brigham Young University–Idaho through their online degree program. She has also taught and presented at various genealogy conferences including RootsTech and the Brigham Young University Conference on Family History and Genealogy. She served on the Board of Directors for the Utah Genealogical Association from 2016-2018 and served as the chair of their Education Committee. She is accredited in the England region and served as the Level 1 Chair on the ICAPGen Testing Committee from 2018-2020. She is a member of the ICAPGen Presentation Committee.

Jana and her husband Brent are the parents of seven young children. They enjoy camping, hiking, vacationing, and gardening. As a family, they enjoy sharing their family history adventures and experiences via social media and online at www.TheGenealogyKids.com.

Virginia Grinch, MA

Virginia Grinch, MA, received her master’s degree in History with a concentration in Museum Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from Miami University, one in History and the other in Classical Languages. Virginia has eight formal years of Latin language study and specializes in Germanic and United States research. She has done on-site research in German archives. Virginia is a proud member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and is currently employed by AncestryProGenealogists.

Michael G. Hait, CG

Michael Hait CG Michael Hait, CG, is a full-time professional genealogical researcher, writer, and lecturer. He has written numerous case studies for genealogical journals including the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. In 2012 Michael won 1st prize in the National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Competition for his article ‘In the Shadow of Rebellions,’ exploring descendants of an enslaved woman living in 19th-century Maryland, and has written and published several books. Michael formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists (2012–2013) and the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2013–2019).

Jenny Hansen, AG

Jenny Hansen, AGJenny Hansen, AG, graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Family History and Genealogy. She received her genealogy accreditation in Danish research in 1999. She currently works as a freelance researcher, specializing in all things Scandinavian. She serves as a Commissioner for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen).

Jenny is a popular speaker at regional and national conferences, including the National Genealogical Society and RootsTech (both in Salt Lake City and London). She has an approachable and energetic style that connects well with attendees.

Her other hobbies include reading, finding old churches and cemeteries, and doing anything outside with her family. Follow her at www.MyFavoriteAncestor.com.

Sharon L. Hoyt, MLIS, CG

Sharon L. Hoyt, CGSharon L. Hoyt, MLIS, CG, is a genealogy researcher, speaker, and writer from California’s Silicon Valley. She has conducted research for clients since 2005. Her primary areas of interest include New England, New York, the Midwest, Canada, and England. She is happiest when on the trail of a family story, particularly one that involves the Civil War.

Sharon is the winner of the National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Writing Contest and the Minnesota Historical Society’s 2016 Michael Clark Family History Writing Award. Her research has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and Minnesota Genealogist.

Before focusing on genealogy, Sharon managed intranet content and search tools for large technology companies. She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

Daniel R. Jones, MA, AG

Daniel R. Jones, MA, AGDaniel R. Jones, MA, AG, is an accredited genealogist specializing in Germanic and Slavic research. Awarded a BA in Family History/Genealogy from Brigham Young University and an MS in Early Modern European History from the University of Utah, Daniel has been working professionally since 2003. He has conducted on-site research in church and state archives in a dozen European countries, including Poland and Belarus. He is currently a research specialist for Germanic and Slavic research for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA, FNGSThomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, is an award-winning genealogical researcher, author, and educator. He co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly in 2003–18. He is a former trustee and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and recipient of its Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit and its Professional Achievement Award. He also has received the Utah Genealogical Association’s Silver Tray Award and its Award of Merit. Retired from a thirty-year career in higher education and professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Tom coordinates courses at the Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, teaches classes at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and its Academy for Professionals, and speaks frequently at national, state, and local genealogical society seminars. He has written more than twenty-five articles in scholarly genealogy journals, the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation, and chapters in Professional Genealogy and Advanced Genetic Genealogy. He specializes in skillfully using genealogical evidence and writing genealogical articles.

Jan Joyce, DBA, CG, CGL, AG

Jan Joyce, DBA, CG, CGL, AGJan Joyce, DBA, CG, CGL, AG, is a genealogy researcher whose personal work has focused on her Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania & Wisconsin ancestors who immigrated from England, Germany, Ireland and Norway. She began researching in 1998 to better understand genealogy customers when she managed the marketing initiatives at Genealogy.com. After that initial taste of family history research, she was hooked and hasn’t stopped since.

Her genealogy career is now focused on teaching research methodology, writing, and researching her own family. Jan has published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Crossroads, the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. She enjoys speaking and teaching at local, regional and national venues and is known for her interactive and engaging presentation style. Jan has earned the following genealogy credentials: CG, CGL, and AG.

Before beginning her genealogy career, Jan earned a B.S. in Business, Marketing from Miami University; an MBA, Marketing from The Ohio State University and a Doctor of Business Administration from Golden Gate University. She worked in marketing for many years and also taught a variety of marketing courses as an adjunct professor of marketing.

Melinda Kashuba, PhD

Melinda Kashuba, PhDMelinda Kashuba is a professional genealogist and owner of Kashuba Research Services, a genealogical and historical research company. She is a community college instructor based in Northern and teaches online. Her popular book, Walking with Your Ancestors: A Genealogist’s Guide to Using Maps and Geography, joins a long list of articles in numerous genealogical magazines and other publications. She is a course coordinator and faculty member at IGHR and faculty member at SLIG.

Her genealogical specialties include 19th century and contemporary genealogical records in California including map and land records. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Masters of Arts degree in Geography from Hayward State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Geography.

Melinda is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Utah Genealogical Association, California Genealogical Society, Shasta Historical Society, and Shasta County Genealogical Society. She served as a Registrar for two local chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Debra Koehler

Debra KoehlerDebra Koehler has been a writer and creator of factual content for more than 35 years, first as a writer and producer of cable and local news; and since 1999 as a writer and producer of shows for major cable networks. She has also written six films for the National Park Service. A list of her credits can be found on her LinkedIn profile (www.linkedin.com/in/debrakoehler).

Debra began applying her research, writing, and storytelling skills from her television career to genealogy after her Dad passed away in 2010. Her areas of focus includes her family’s roots in Germany and in the Prussian and Russian partitions of Poland. She also enjoys researching and writing about early pioneers to the Oregon Territory, dissecting NGSQ articles, and learning about forensic genealogy.

Debra holds a B.A. in Speech Communication with a Broadcasting Emphasis from Colorado State University. She expects to complete her A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Umpqua Community College (Oregon) in 2022. She earned her certificate of Genealogical Research from Boston University in 2018 and is a graduate of ProGen 45 and GenProof 59. She serves as the Secretary for the Association for Professional Genealogists Writers SIG.

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGLRebecca Whitman Koford holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her focuses are Maryland and military records at the National Archives, especially those of the War of 1812. Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference (NGS), Association of Professional Genealogists Conference (APG), RootsTech, webinars for Legacy and APG, the Maryland State Archives, and for groups in surrounding states. She has published articles in the NGS Magazine, APG Quarterly, SAR Magazine, and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. Rebecca is also the Course 1 coordinator for The Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR). She is a former board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society. 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. She has recently been appointed as the Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, July 2018. Rebecca lives in Mount Airy and volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick, Maryland.

Janice Lovelace, PhD

Janice Lovelace, PhDJanice Lovelace, PhD, is a genealogical researcher, author and lecturer, with over thirty years of experience. Dr. Lovelace is a frequent speaker at national and regional genealogy conferences on health and genetics, ethnic minority genealogy, and research methodology. She authored the National Genealogical Society's continuing education course African American Roots: A Historical Perspective and is an instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI). She is a national board member of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and serves on her local society's board. She belongs to the Ohio Genealogical Society, AAHGS, and the National Genealogical Society (NGS).

Lori Berdak Miller, BA

Lori Berdak Miller, BALori Berdak Miller is a military researcher and genealogist. She is located in the St. Louis area and owns Redbird Research LLC. Her clients include genealogists, military collectors, authors, genealogy television shows, museums, and research firms. She has participated in podcasts and YouTube video. Besides proudly teaching classes at IGHR, Lori has presented at the Ohio Genealogy Conference, St. Louis Genealogy conference and the Columbia, Missouri Library program. Presently a board member of Archival Researchers Association, APG, CSGI, MOSGA, NGS, OGS, OMSA, Civil War Round Table of St. Charles and various museum and research organizations.

Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGLNancy A. Peters, CG, CGL, is a full-time professional genealogist and coeditor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Board-certified since 2011, she served as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and is the former editor of its newsletter, OnBoard. She conducts in-depth genealogical research to solve complex problems of identity and kinship for clients. Her personal and client research focuses primarily on the southeastern United States, New York, England, and Germany. Nancy lectures at national and local conferences and has instructed on skill-building topics and genealogy standards at BCG Education Fund workshops, SLIG, SLIG Academy, and GRIP. Her articles have appeared in the NGS Quarterly and other genealogical journals. She authored the "Research Reports" chapter in the Writing, Editing & Publishing section of Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, & Standards (2018). Nancy holds postgraduate degrees from University of Arizona and London School of Economics in London, England.

Kimberly T. Powell

Kimberly PowellKimberly T. Powell is a professional genealogist, author, educator, and volunteer. She is a past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, serving seven years as a Director and on APG’s Professional Development Committee. She is on the faculty of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate Program.

Kim Richardson

Kim Richardson Professional genealogist Kim Richardson created Southern Heritage Genealogy out of her love of family history. She is passionate about her work and enjoys serving the genealogy community through teaching and empowering others to successfully conduct their own research.

Richardson resides in Oxford, Mississippi, and graduated from Mississippi State University in 1996 with a BA in Communication. She has served the State of Mississippi since that time, working in highway traffic safety programs and as an advocate for victims of violent crime.

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGLJudy G. Russell, "The Legal Genealogist," is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches, and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. A Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications.

Judy is on the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Georgia, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and Boston University’s Center for Professional Education. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her blog – chosen as one of the American Bar Association’s top 100 in 2013 and 2014 – appears at The Legal Genealogist website (https://www.legalgenealogist.com).

Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Richard SayreRick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a long-time genealogical researcher and instructor. He coordinated and taught in advanced methodology, land, military, and beginning courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research from 2003-2017. Rick co-coordinates advanced land courses with Pam Sayre and legal courses with Judy Russell at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. He is an instructor at the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records. He also lectures at national conferences and presents nationwide seminars. Rick’s areas of expertise include the records of the National Archives, Irish research, land records, government documents, federal land law, military records, and urban research.

Janette Silverman, DSJS

Janette Silverman, DSJSDr. Janette Silverman was bitten by the genealogy bug at a young age, probably because her Jewish grandparents all responded to her many questions with responses that were ambiguous at best. They said things like "I don't know," "you don't need to know," and "they are all gone." Rather than discouraging her, these responses planted a seed until she, along with her father, now 93, began serious research into the history of the Jews in Eastern Europe and began searching for records.

What began as a hobby during Janette’s career in Jewish education, became an obsession. She began to teach genealogy classes at synagogues, working with adult learners to help them learn to do their own research. This set the tone for her role today as a professional genealogist, working with private clients, and speaking at conferences and small groups worldwide. Janette manages a team of researchers at Ancestry ProGenealogists, specializing in Eastern European and Jewish research.

She has masters & doctorate degrees in Jewish studies from Spertus Institute. Her doctoral dissertation, In Living Memory, was an exploration of her family's roots in the Austrian and Russian Empires. Her family lived in places that are now parts of Poland, Romania, Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine.

Janette is a longtime JewishGen volunteer, serving as a moderator for the JewishGen Discussion Group since 2006. She had been the Ukraine SIG Coordinator until her recent retirement, since 2013. In that role, she oversaw the acquisition of over half a million pages of Jewish records, projects to translate those records and submission of close to 200,000 lines of transcriptions for inclusion in the JewishGen databases, from the area now in Ukraine that was previously in the Russian Empire. In 2017, she was named JewishGen Volunteer of the Year. She serves as an International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies board member and was chair of the 2016 IAJGS conference in Seattle. Janette has been researching for clients and her own family for over 40 years.

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA

Craig Scott Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 5,300 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He is the former Coordinator of the Military tracks at IGHR, SLIG and GRIP.

Gerald H. "Jerry" Smith, CG

Gerald H. Gerald H. “Jerry” Smith, CG, is a full-time professional Certified Genealogist specializing in Pennsylvania research. He has been a course coordinator for IGHR (Land Platting) and a faculty member for other courses at IGHR, SLIG, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Researching Family in Pennsylvania. He is the author of a number of books and journal articles. He researches extensively on projects requiring in-depth knowledge of Proprietor and Commonwealth land records, mapping, and land placement. Regular research venues include the Pennsylvania Archives, State Library of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Law Library, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, military repositories (including David Library of the American Revolution and US Army Military History Institute), National Archives, religious & denominational repositories, county courthouses, and county and local historical and genealogical societies. Southern Pennsylvania border county research includes frequent on-site research at repositories in Annapolis, Baltimore, Maryland counties, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Marian L. Smith

Marian SmithMarian L. Smith led the History Program within the Records Division of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security, in Washington, DC, from 1988 to 2018. She is an expert on that agency’s historical records and research. Her most recent work focused on digitization and data integrity in relation to USCIS’s old records, documenting old record location and retrieval processes, and mentoring junior staff. She has lectured nationally on immigration, naturalization, and related topics. She has previously taught courses in the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (formerly National Institute on Genealogical Research), and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Karen StanbaryKaren Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG, BCG Trustee, is an author and national lecturer focusing on topics related to using genetic evidence correlated with documentary evidence to solve genealogical brick walls. A Chicago local, she holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and has completed advanced graduate study in Social Anthropology at the Colegio de Michoacán, Mexico. Her genealogical practice specializes in Midwestern U.S., Chicago, and Mexican research as well as complex problem-solving, unknown parentage, and DNA analysis. She is a coordinator and faculty member at IGHR, and SLIG. She is a faculty member at GRIP. She received the NGSQ Award for Excellence for her complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Most recently, she published “Drowning in DNA? The Genealogical Proof Standard Tosses a Lifeline” in Debbie Parker Wayne’s book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a Trustee and is chair of the standing DNA Committee.

Lisa Stokes, AG

Lisa Stokes, AGLisa Stokes, AG, is a professional genealogist accredited in the Mid-South region of the United States. She serves as a commissioner for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) and leads the Education Committee. In this capacity, she runs the ICAPGen Study Groups, mentoring aspiring genealogists as they learn about accreditation. Additionally, she serves on the ICAPGen Presentation Committee, producing videos about the accreditation process. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Brigham Young University (BYU) and loves to teach, lecture, and coach others in overcoming research challenges. She recently developed a citation course to help genealogists with this vital skill. Lisa has presented at RootsTech, SLIG Day at the Family History Library, and the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy.

Currently, Lisa uses her DNA skills as an independent contractor solving criminal cases for law enforcement using investigative genetic genealogy. Lisa has completed courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and is a graduate of ProGen 43 and the Research Like a Pro with DNA Study Group. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Virginia Genealogical Society, and the Utah Genealogical Association.

Michael L. Strauss, AG

Michael L. Strauss, AGMichael L. Strauss, AG, is a professional Accredited Genealogist and a nationally recognized genealogical speaker. He has been employed as a forensic genealogist for 25 years and has a BA in history and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. Michael is also a qualified expert witness in the courts in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. Strauss has been a faculty member of IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP and has been involved in Civil War reenacting for more than 25 years and also reenacts the Mormon Battalion with the Utah Living History Association.

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

D. Joshua TaylorD. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. Passionate about family history, Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit, and the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society. In 2017, Joshua was named as one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers.

Active in nonprofit leadership, Joshua has previously served as President, Vice-President of Administration, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). He has previously worked for leading family history organizations including the New England Historic Genealogical Society. In addition to writing numerous articles relating to family history, he is the author of “The Keane and Sheahan Families of Bridgeport, Connecticut,” a study of a family’s immigration and life in New England after the Irish famine. He is also the coordinator for courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Judd, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe. Joshua can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.

Mindy Taylor, AG

Mindy Taylor, AGMindy Taylor, AG, is a professional genealogist, teacher, and presenter. She is accredited through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) in the England region. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. Mindy serves on the Presentation Committee for ICAPGen, creating instructional videos that appear on the ICAPGen YouTube channel. She has presented at RootsTech, the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy, and other local conferences teaching classes for those who wish to improve their research skills. She also co-teaches and mentors the Level 1 study group for ICAPGen. Mindy works for Price Genealogy in Draper, Utah, doing U.S. and British research.

Scott Wilds, CG

Scott Wilds, CGScott Wilds, CG, has been an avid genealogist for fifty years. A part-time professional, he is currently genealogical consultant to the Penn and Slavery Project at the University of Pennsylvania. His lineage of three generations of an African American family, from West Africa to the Great Migration, is on the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Learning Center website, and he has published in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Board-certified since 2017, Scott is a BCG trustee and treasurer. For the last twenty years, much of his research has focused on Darlington County, SC. His website contains abstracts of slave-related deeds and other documents from the Darlington County deed books, indexes to ration books and medical records from the Freedmen’s Bureau field office in Darlington, and other resources. He has spoken at South Carolina Genealogical Society Summer Workshops on using estate and equity records in African American research, records of the Freedmen’s Bureau, and other topics. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he has a master’s degree in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania and was an associate editor of the Papers of William Penn.

Paul Woodbury, MEd

Paul Woodbury Paul Woodbury is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied Genetics and Family History. Paul fell in love with genealogy when he was eight years old. Since he was sixteen he knew he wanted to be a genetic genealogist, so he is particularly pleased to work in the field full-time. He currently works as a senior researcher and DNA specialist for Legacy Tree Genealogists. He is also actively pursuing a graduate degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul specializes in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Scandinavian research and regularly presents on research topics related to these fields.