Abernathy, Cheryl-is the 2nd Vice President of the Ohio Genealogical Society and chair of Settlers and Builders of Ohio. Cheryl also is a member and officer of several of her local genealogical societies.
Bishop, Shelley-is a professional researcher, writer, and speaker with deep Ohio roots. Shelley frequently contributes to NGS Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, and other publications. Shelley is the President of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Borland, Kevin-is the President and Chief Scientist at Borland Genetics. He holds a B.S. in physics from MIT and has been developing genetic genealogy technology since 2013.
Burroughs, Tony-Tony has appeared in twenty-five national and international television programs including PBS, ABC, NBC, BBC, and Discovery Channel and is the best-selling author of Black Roots.
Barnes, Katy-Director of Programs and Services at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Katy has a B.A. in genealogy and family history.
Beidler, James M.- is interim executive director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and author of four commercially published books including The Family Tree Historical Atlas of Germany.
Bergheimer, Kelli J.- is the Math and Science Editorial Director for Blue Kayak Productions and an editor for DNA reports at Legacy Tree Genealogists. She owns Mess on the Desk, a genealogical organization company with a YouTube channel and online store. Kelli is the facilitator of the Genetics, Genealogy, and Your DNA Interest Group.
Drain, Christina Yetzer-is a ninth-generation Ohioan, genealogist, and historian specializing in writing, web design, and technology. Christina is the President of the Richland-Shelby Chapter of the Ohio.
Ferguson, Nettie L-MAPT, involved in African-American genealogical research 1820-1950, “social history records” churches, denomination minutes, directories, and fraternal organizations.
Alec Ferretti– is a New-York-City-based professional genealogist, who works for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center, researching family histories for high-net-worth clients. He is a graduate of NYU and LIU’s dual master’s program, with degrees in archives and library science. Alec specializes in the genealogy of 20th-century immigrants to the United States.
Holt, Marilyn– is a genealogical librarian and lecturer on family history and local history topics with 36 years of experience. Since retiring as Department Manager of the local history and genealogy department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in 2020, she is a lecturer on genealogy topics at the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at the University of Pittsburgh.
Horowitz, Daniel–is dedicated to Genealogy since 1986, Daniel was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project “Searching for My Roots” in Venezuela for 15 years. He was a board member of The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) for 10 years, now is involved in several crowdsource digitization and transcription projects, and holds a board-level position at The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA). Since 2006 Daniel has been working at MyHeritage liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing, and attending conferences around the world.
Justin Houser– of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, an attorney by profession and an avid historian and genealogist by passion, has been researching his family history since childhood when his grandparents helped transport him to libraries and cemeteries. Justin’s interests have led to his membership and service on the boards of several genealogical and historical societies. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ukrainian History and Education Center in Somerset, NJ, and as a committee member of the Center’s “Nashi Predky — Our Ancestors” Family History Group.
Jordan, Shamele-is Award-winning TV producer of Genealogy Quick Start and a researcher for PBS African American Lives. She is also a NJ State Library grant recipient for her research of Civil War burials in Lawnside, NJ.
Kitko, Deborah-is a genealogy librarian for the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. Deborah is the current President of the Wayne County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
Lacopo, Michael D. –is a retired small-animal veterinarian and professional genealogist born and raised in northern Indiana. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range, with specialties in German research, Mid-Atlantic American research, genetic genealogy, social history, and advanced problem solving.
Lauritzen, Peggy – AG, FOGS, author of Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, she is an instructor at Ancestry Academy, Family Tree University, and columnist for Reminisce magazine. Named Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and is the 2018 recipient of the Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy. She is a former researcher at Ancestry ProGenealogists.
McClellan, Cheryl –After serving ten years as Geauga County Public Library genealogist, Cheryl, and her husband are now researchers for 1830s Kirtland, Ohio Historic Sites, under the auspice of the Church History Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is a writer (Family Tree Magazine, OGN), presenter, family historian, historic home researcher, and Rootstech volunteer.
McFadden, Cecelia-is a family legacy coach; President Elect of the Franklin County Genealogy and Historical Society and a 2022 Gen-Fed cohort member.
Morton, Sunny Jane -is a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine and a Contributing Editor and Content Manager at YourDNAGuide.com. She is co-author of How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records and author of Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy.
Muhn, Judy -has been researching her family tree from the age of 12, specializing in French-Canadian, Acadian, Native American and Michigan research. Beginning as a professional genealogist in Europe in 1993, she has lectured at National Genealogical Society conferences, RootsTech, Federation of Genealogical Societies as well as conferences in Europe and around the United States. National Genealogy Society Board Member & Awards Chair.
Neill, Michael John– writes Genealogy Tip of the Day, has researched for nearly forty years, worked as an educator for nearly thirty years, and leads genealogy research trips.
Newman, Adina –EdD, is a professional genealogist and educator. Founder of My Family Genie, she specializes in Jewish genealogy, DNA, social media, and New England.
Oldenburg, Amber– is a researcher, lecturer, and a family history instructor at BYU-Idaho She specializes in Midwest and Great Lakes states research
Palmer, Dana-CG®, CGL(SM)specializes in Ohio research, publishing family books, lineage society applications, and is part of the Silver Books team for the GSMD.
Passey, Cheri Hudson–is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer, Speaker, and the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC. Cheri is the host of the YouTube genealogy chat show GenFriends and a genealogical researcher for US Army Past Conflict Repatriations.
Rhinehart, Brian –is a professional genealogist and speaker and is the owner of CivilWarRecords.com. He is a graduate of Boston University’s Certificate of Genealogy Research and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GenFed) in Washington DC. A direct descendant of six Civil War soldiers, Brian specializes in research and record retrieval for Civil War and War of 1812 soldiers at the National Archives in Washington DC, and has retrieved military files for hundreds of clients there.
Sanders, Renate Yarborough–, is the descendant of formerly enslaved ancestors, enslavers, and free people of color. She authors two blogs: “Into the LIGHT” and “Genea-Related;” and produces a “(Mostly) African-American Funeral Programs” online database. Renate cohosts “Let’s Talk North Carolina Genealogy,” and she has served as a panelist and guest on numerous web shows and podcasts. Renate has contributed to genealogical publications, and she volunteers as an indexer, transcriptionist, and as volunteer photographer in the genealogy community. She provides coaching and consultation services for clients seeking assistance with genealogical research.
Sperry, Kip-born in Chardon, Ohio is an Accredited Genealogist, Fellow American Society of Genealogists and National Genealogical Society, a professor emeritus of family history at BYU of Provo, Utah
Stamm, Patricia Walls– is a professional genealogist, who teaches/lectures on various topics at St. Louis Community College, IGHR, national and state conferences. Is the former NGS education manager.
Taplin, Cari-is a native of Wood Co, Ohio now living in Colorado. She works for Ancestry ProGenealogists and speaks on methodology and midwestern states.
Torella, Roslyn –specializes in Italian and immigrant genealogy. She lectures on genealogy for local societies and interest groups; conducts workshops and writes a monthly Italian genealogy column for La Gazzetta Italiana. She also has a passion for local history and is the self-appointed, unofficial town historian for her hometown of Lowellville, Ohio.
Townsend, Kate-is a professional genealogist who previously worked as an investigator in Corporate America. She brings this investigative know-how to her genealogical record sleuthing and analysis.
Trotter, Jessica-holds a Master of Science in Information, Archives and Records Management Specialization from the University of Michigan—but works in public libraries by day. She has presented regionally since 2014 including annually for the Archives of Michigan’s Barbara J. Brown / Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, for the Genealogy Center at Allen County Public Library, and at the NGS Conference in 2018 and their Virtual On Demand Lectures in 2020. Her genealogy research areas include the Midwest, African American, British Isles, Canadian, and Early American research. She also tries to maintain a genealogy research-related blog called Genie Road Trip at http://genieroadtrip.com.
Wachs, Amy-JD, specializes in Jewish and Eastern European genealogy. She taught law in Latvia and Moldova, and visited state archives in Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, and Moldova
Walters, Penny– has been a university lecturer for 30 years, currently teaching Masters’ Business studies at Bristol University, England, and previously Psychology and Ethics. Penny’s interest in genealogy started after having her first baby and then wondering about her biological parents, as she was adopted. Penny has six mixed-race children, who have all enjoyed discovering their roots through DNA ethnicity results. Penny lectures internationally in person, writes articles, and is sought after for a wide range of webinar topics. Penny has authored the books: ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’ (2019) and‘The Psychology of Searching’ (2020), available on Amazon in paperback or on kindle www.searchmypast.co.uk
Wendt, Stephen– is a professional genealogist. He holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University and is the owner of Tree Tidings Genealogy.
Willson, Katherine-is a nationally-known genealogical educator and researcher. She is the past president/founder of Virtual Genealogical Association, past president of the Michigan Genealogical Council, past board member of Association of Professional Genealogists.