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OGS Conference 2016 Speakers

We are very proud to introduce you to a wonderful roster of highly qualified and enthusiastic presenters.

LESLEY ANDERSON

Lesley AndersonLesley Anderson lives in Ottawa and has been researching her own family tree for over 45 years. Her passion for genealogy has branched out to teaching classes, speaking at seminars and conferences, consulting and doing research for others. She is the Canadian spokesperson for Ancestry.ca and also volunteers at the Ottawa Stake LDS Family History Centre where she gets great enjoyment out of helping new and experienced genealogists with their research. Lesley’s latest project is organizing a two-week group trip to Ireland for genealogy research and historical sightseeing. The trip is scheduled for April 2016.
Websites:
ancestry.ca
ancestrydna.ca
genealogysite.wordpress.com
Presentation: What’s New at Ancestry?

KEISHA BANHAN

Keisha-BanhanKeisha Banhan is the senior manager of Customer and Preservation Services at the Archives of Ontario, where she has worked for over 18 years. She has held various positions throughout her career including reference archivist and executive assistant to the Chief Privacy Officer and Archivist of Ontario. She has also overseen the development of many genealogy-related initiatives at the Archives including the OGS Researcher Day, OGS Partnership Exhibit Case Program and OGS hands-on workshops.
Website: archives.gov.on.ca
Presentation: What’s New at the Archives of Ontario?

RUTH BLAIR

Ruth BlairRuth Blair is a professional genealogist and lecturer based in Oakville, Ontario. She has been doing family history research for over 30 years. Ruth has researched her family history from Canada to Ireland, England, Scotland, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. She has her Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies for Canada, England and Ireland from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Ruth has written two books: Planning a Genealogical Trip to Ireland: the Research Trail in Dublin helps novice research travellers prepare for their trip and gives advice on using the various repositories in Dublin. Her second book, Remembering Trafalgar Township, commemorates the township’s 200th anniversary. Ruth is the author of The Passionate Genealogist blog. She is a member of the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Ontario Genealogical Society, Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society, Genealogical Society of Ireland, Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society and the National Genealogical Society.
Websites:
www.familyhistorysearches.com
blog.familyhistorysearches.com
Presentation: Using 21st Century Technology to Search for Canadians Who Served in the First World War

SARA CHATFIELD

Sara-ChatfieldSara Chatfield is a lover of history and enthusiastic about unraveling family history puzzles. She has worked at Library and Archives Canada for over a decade, most of that time spent with the genealogy team answering questions, giving tours, recording podcasts, wading through family folklore and giving advice at the Genealogy and Family History Desk. Sara lives in Ottawa.
Website: lac-bac.gc.ca
Presentation: What’s New at Library and Archives Canada? (with Robert Grandmaître)

LISA LOUISE COOKE

Lisa Louise CookeLisa Louise Cooke is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems podcast, an online genealogy audio show at GenealogyGems.com. She lives in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. Lisa is the author of the books Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies, and the Google Earth for Genealogy DVD series, as well as a writer, instructor and podcaster for Family Tree Magazine. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and presenter and has been featured at conferences and seminars such as Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London, RootsTech, The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, and the National Genealogical Society conference.
Website: GenealogyGems.com
Presentations:
Using Google to Enhance Your Genealogy Research (workshop)
Future Technology and Genealogy – 5 Strategies You Need (plenary)
How To Create and Leverage Your Own YouTube Channel for Genealogy

LINDA CORUPE

Linda CorupeLinda Corupe is a graduate of McMaster University and has been researching genealogy and history for 40 years. Linda, who lives in Bolton, Ontario, has published over 50 books, including several on the first Heir & Devisee Commissions for the entire province, dating from 1797–1804, and six volumes of records from the Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace from in and around the Bay of Quinte area. She is currently working on transcriptions of the minutes of the Assize Courts of Upper Canada, with the years 1792 to 1824 finished and published (three volumes), and the years 1825 to 1829 in progress.
Website: lindacorupe.com
Presentation: New Tools for Old Cases: Your Ancestor and the Law in Upper Canada

JOANNA CRANDELL

Joanna Crandell

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Joanna has spent her adult life raising two daughters, working in libraries, and supporting her husband in his military postings in Canada and overseas. During their three-year posting in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, Joanna taught English as a Second Language to diplomatic wives and developed a specialized pocket guide of Serbo-Croatian for Canadian officers posted to the European Community Monitoring Mission. While they were stationed in Southeast Asia, she provided guidance to the Indonesian Heritage Society on cataloguing their library collection and was President of the Military Attaché Wives’ Association. Because of her library training she became the primary open source researcher and data entry person for a Canadian automated counter-terrorism database. As a result of her overseas experience and expertise, she was involved in the training of Canadians posted to selected defence attaché offices. Joanna has worked in a number of academic and government libraries in Ontario and Quebec. It was during her service at Library and Archives Canada that she was bitten by the genealogy bug and started researching both her and her husband’s family trees and providing advice and assistance to family and friends on basic genealogy research. Currently Joanna is employed at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and resides in Ottawa with her husband.
Websites:
orderincouncillists.com
exitpermits1942-1946.com
Presentation:
Newly Discovered Privy Council of Canada Lists of Immigrants and Exit Permits (with Elinor Sullivan)

GAIL DEVER

Gail DeverGail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogy news blogger on Genealogy à la carte where she writes daily about family history resources and issues facing the genealogy community. She also manages the website for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa. Gail has held senior positions in public affairs, including external communications and advertising.

Website: genealogyalacarte.ca
Presentations:
How Social Media Can Help Genealogy Societies Succeed
Taking Advantage of Social Media for Your Research

LARA DIAMOND

Lara-DiamondLara Diamond is President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland (JGSMD) and 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 lives in Maryland. Lara 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 runs several town-focused projects to collect documentation to assist all those researching ancestors from common towns. She blogs about her mostly Eastern European research at larasgenealogy.blogspot.com.
Website: larasgenealogy.blogspot.com
Presentations:
Movement Between Towns in Eastern Europe
Jewish Genealogy Research in Ukraine

DANIEL EARL

Daniel EarlDaniel Earl lives in DeWitt, Michigan. His interest in genealogy was sparked at age ten when he visited the grave of his great-grandfather with his own father, which has led to a 25-year journey in family history. He has since taken his own five children to that same spot in hopes of inspiring interest in their own ancestors. He has a master’s degree in psychology and teaches at the collegiate level. He is a member of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society, president of the Michigan Chapter of the Hungarian Genealogical Society and helped found the Clinton County Michigan Genealogy group, and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Daniel has taught groups from 2 to 200 with his trademark humour and unique insights for people of all levels of genealogical experience.
Website: familyhistoryguy.weebly.com
Presentations:
A New Look at Research Methodology and Brick Walls
Genealogy Beyond the Binder: Living on Cloud Nine

MARCEL FORTIN

Marcel FortinMarcel Fortin is the head of the Map and Data Library at the University of Toronto. His research focus includes web-mapping and Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS). He has been the librarian responsible for maps and geospatial data at the University of Toronto since 1999. Marcel recently co-edited the book Historical GIS Research in Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2014).
Website: maps.library.utoronto.ca/hgis/countymaps/
Presentation: The Ontario Historical County Maps Project (with Joan Winearls)

MAURICE GLEESON

Maurice GleesonMaurice Gleeson, a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician by day and a genetic genealogist by night, is administrator for the Gleason/Gleeson, Spearin, Farrell, Irish Caribbean DNA and WW1 Missing Legacy projects. He has helped organize the DNA lectures at “Genetic Genealogy Ireland” in Dublin and “Who Do You Think You Are? Live” in the UK since 2012, as well as given talks all over Ireland and internationally. His YouTube videos on genetic genealogy are very popular and SurnameDNA Journal named him Genetic Genealogist of the Year 2015. He is based in London, England.
Website: dnaandfamilytreeresearch.blogspot.ca
Presentations:
The Value of Y-DNA Testing in Genealogy (workshop)
What You Can Learn from Surname DNA Projects
The “People of the British Isles” Project
What’s New in Irish Records?
The Future of Genetic Genealogy (panel member)

ROBERT GRANDMAÎTRE

Robert-GrandmaitreRobert Grandmaître is currently the Director of Reference Services Division at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in Ottawa. He is responsible for reference services, including genealogy and the consultation and reproduction of documentary heritage. As well, he has the responsibilities of the Access to Information, Privacy and Personnel Records. Robert has served for over 30 years in various management positions at LAC. He has extensive experience in service delivery, as well as in change management. He has also worked in various professional associations, including the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives and on the organizing committees for two of the annual conference of the Association des archivistes du Québec. Robert lives in the Ottawa area.
Website: lac-bac.gc.ca
Presentation: What’s New at Library and Archives Canada? (with Sara Chatfield)

DANIEL HEIDT

Daniel HeidtDaniel Heidt lives in Waterloo, Ontario and is a postdoctoral fellow at Trent University. As an historian whose major research interests include 19th century Ontario, he has visited over a dozen archives in Canada, the United States, and England. He has co-developed Confero 2.0 as an innovative way to help researchers, including genealogists, make the best use of digital tools in their work. Daniel has given talks on Confero 2.0 to history graduate students and faculty at York University, St. Jerome’s University, and the Wilson Centre (Washington DC).
Websites:
waterlooinnovations.com
danielheidt.ca
Presentation: Archival Research in the Digital Age

DANIEL HOROWITZ

Daniel-HorowitzBorn in Venezuela, Daniel Horowitz has a B.Sc. in computer engineering. He lives in Israel. Daniel was a teacher and, for over 15 years, the study guide editor of the family history project “Searching for My Roots”. As Chief Genealogist of MyHeritage (since 2006) in Israel, Daniel has a deep understanding of the needs of today’s family history enthusiasts and provides key contributions in the areas of product development, customer support, and public affairs. With more than 25 years of experience, he holds board level positions with the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).
Website: myheritage.com
Presentations:
MyHeritage 101 (Lunchtime Learning)
Discovering Your Family History with Seven Unique Technologies
Mobile Applications for Genealogy Research and Family Photo and Data Sharing

SANDRA JOYCE

Sandra-JoyceSandra Joyce lives in Toronto and is an author and advocate for the British Home Children. She has written three books and has done over 170 presentations on the subject. Based on her Home Child father’s life, her book The Street Arab looks at the causes of familial breakdown, life in the homes in the UK, a Home Child’s subsequent immigration to Canada as well as a Home Boy’s life on the farm. Belonging, which is the sequel to the The Street Arab, looks at the lasting effects this immigration scheme had on these children and their families during adulthood. Trees and Rocks, Rocks and Trees is a youth-adapted version of the very successful The Street Arab and was released in London, Ontario on British Home Child Day in Ontario on September 27, 2015. Ms. Joyce is a native Torontonian with a varied career. A journalism graduate from Ryerson University in Toronto, she was an award-winning publicist during her tenure at CBS Records, a contract negotiator for the German Department of Defence as well as an English teacher and storyteller. She is the Director-at-Large of the British Home Child Group International.
Website: britishhomechild.com
Presentation: The Final Frontier: Creating a British Home Child DNA Database (co-presented with Karen Mahoney)

ELIZABETH A. R. KAEGI

Elizabeth KaegiElizabeth A. R. Kaegi is a retired physician in Toronto who has been using DNA tests to assist her in solving genealogical mysteries for the past decade. Working with James F. S. Thomson, Elizabeth has co-taught two courses on genetic genealogy for the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto Branch and has made several presentations using genetic tools to solve genealogical puzzles.
Presentation:
A Captain? My Captain? A Genetic Genealogy Success Story (with James F. S. Thomson)
The Future of Genetic Genealogy (panel moderator)

SHER LEETOOZE

Sher-LeetoozeSher Leetooze lives in Bowmanville and has been researching, writing, publishing and presenting history for 22 years. Her projects have ranged from local to international historical subjects, and genealogy how-to publication, from Scotland to Cornwall, UK. Sher is a frequent speaker at many OGS branches each year, at historical society meetings in the greater Toronto area and beyond, as well as at schools, church groups, festivals, Probus groups, and service clubs across Ontario. For the past year, Sher has been touring with her World War 1 Nurses project. Last fall, she presented two sessions at the BIFHSGO Conference in Ottawa. Sher is a regular presenter at the Toronto Cornish Association, and presented at the International Gathering of Cornish Cousins in Milwaukee in 2014 (a biennial event).
Website:
lm-jassociates.webs.com
olddurhamcounty.webs.com
Presentation: Parish Level Research in Scotland

WALTER LEWIS

Walter LewisWalter Lewis lives in Grafton, Ontario and has over 35 years of experience with newspaper research, both historical and genealogical. At some point or other, Walter has read all the surviving issues of the Upper Canadian newspapers to 1838. With Rick Neilson, he is the co-author of The River Palace, the story of the Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River steamboat “Kingston”, the research for which also led him to take up scuba diving. He is the lead developer for OurDigitalWorld.org, which has been working with various organizations to get a variety of cultural resources online, including large volumes of digitized newspaper pages. Walter can usually be found no more than a click away from the website he maintains, “Maritime History of The Great Lakes”, when he isn’t speaking in a variety of venues, both library, historical or, on occasion, a Great Lakes cruise ship.
Websites:
news.ourontario.ca
ourdigitalworld.org/about/portfolio/ourontario-ca
ourdigitalworld.org/about/portfolio/vita-toolkit
vitatoolkit.ca
Presentation:
The OurOntario.ca Discovery Portal: Searching Digital Newspapers

THOMAS MACENTEE

Thomas-MacEnteeThomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. He lives in Chicago. As well as being a genealogy professional, Thomas is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more. He has built his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy and also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavour, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who likes to teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. He offers a variety of skills and services to others: speaking and lecturing, education, self-publishing, marketing, networking, market analysis, coaching, mentoring, and entrepreneurship. Thomas has written seven books and is editor of close to 100 books and guides. (Thomas MacEntee is also speaking at the OCAPG Pre-conference.)
Websites:
geneabloggers.com
High Definition Genealogy
Hack Genealogy
Presentations:
Mind Mapping Your Genealogy Research Plans and Results (workshop)
Evernote for Genealogy
Genealogy Do-Over™: A Year of Learning from Mistakes
Wolfram|Alpha for Genealogists

JANE E. MACNAMARA

Jane MacNamaraJane E. MacNamara, Toronto, is the author of Inheritance in Ontario: Wills and other Records for Family Historians (OGS/Dundurn, 2013) and writes about genealogy at wherethestorytakesme.ca. A long time member of OGS, Jane lectures about research methodology, Ontario, and English family history to genealogical and historical groups throughout southern Ontario. She teaches courses for Toronto Branch OGS, most notably hands-on courses about Ontario records. She leads regular trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and is the organizer of Genealogy Summer Camp, an innovative program that brings out-of-town researchers to Toronto for a week of tutorials and hands-on research. As a trained graphic designer, Jane creates WordPress-based websites and helps clients with book projects.
Website: wherethestorytakesme.ca
Presentations:
Tell Your Story with a WordPress Website
Finding the Footprint of Your Ancestor’s English Village
Agriculture—Was Your Ancestor on the Cutting Edge?

KAREN MAHONEY

Karen-MahoneyKaren Mahoney lives in Lefroy, Ontario and is the president of the British Home Child Group International. On behalf of this organization, Karen has delivered many presentations and helps families learn how to use the resources available on the internet. Karen has also been the global moderator for Rootschat, which is the UK’s largest free family history forum, for eight years. She is also the administrator of the British Home Child database on Rootschat, which is run in collaboration with the British Home Child Group International. Karen’s interest in genealogy began at a young age when she learned of her great-grandfather’s disappearance after the First World War.
Website: britishhomechild.com
Presentation: The Final Frontier: Creating a British Home Child DNA Database (co-presented with Sandra Joyce)

CECE MOORE

CeCe MooreCeCe Moore is an independent professional genetic genealogist who works as the genetic genealogy consultant on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Genealogy Roadshow. CeCe lives in Southern California. She is an innovator in the use of autosomal DNA for genealogy, frequently consulted by DNA testing companies, genealogists, adoptees and the media. As the founder of The DNA Detectives, she is passionate about helping people of unknown parentage discover their roots. CeCe has taken a leadership role in creating educational resources for the genetic genealogy community and is a frequent presenter in the US. With Tim Janzen, she has co-founded the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and she was also was an instructor and/or coordinator of the inaugural DNA courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Forensic Genealogy Institute.
Websites:
yourgeneticgenealogist.com
TheDNADetectives.com
facebook.com/groups/DNADetectives/
Presentations:
I Have My Autosomal DNA Results, Now What? (workshop)
The Power of DNA: Genetic Genealogy Basics
Discovering the Genealogical Roots of Adoptees
The Future of Genetic Genealogy (panel member)
Lessons from the Cutting Edge (plenary)

DAVE OBEE

Dave-ObeeDave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given more than 500 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada and the United States since 1997. He is editor-in-chief of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. He has worked as a journalist in BC and Alberta since 1972. He was one of the founders of the annual Times Colonist book drive, which has raised more than $1.5 million in support of school libraries and other literacy projects since 1998. Dave is a member of the board of Canada’s History Society, which publishes Canada’s History and Kayak, a history magazine for children, as well as related websites. A columnist for Internet Genealogy and Family Chronicle, Dave has also written about family history for Canada’s History as well as the UK magazine Your Family Tree. In 2012 the University of Victoria awarded Dave Obee an honorary doctorate of laws for his work as a historian, genealogist and journalist. In 2014 he was presented with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for his work as a community volunteer.
Website: daveobee.com
Presentations:
What am I? A Genealogist-Journalist or a Journalist-Genealogist? (banquet)
What’s New in Western Canadian Records?

LYNN PALERMO

Lynn PalermoLynn Palermo is a family historian with a love for the written word. She lives in Simcoe, Ontario. You’ll find her most days blogging from her website The Armchair Genealogist, where she offers readers down-to-earth advice on researching and writing their family history. As a freelance writer, Lynn has written for Internet Genealogy, Discovering Family History and Family Chronicle. The Armchair Genealogist was named one of the Top 40 Genealogy Blogs by Family Tree Magazine and her posts, on occasion, have been featured on The National Genealogical Society website. She has been a feature writer for the online genealogy magazine the In-depth Genealogist. Creator and host of The Family History Writing Challenge, every February Lynn breaks down the craft of creative nonfiction to help family historians turn their research into compelling stories. Lynn instructs family historians on how to find their words through webinars, lectures, e-books and coaching. The author of her own family history book, The Waters of My Ancestors, Lynn knows all too well the challenges genealogists face in writing their narratives and is on a mission to rid the world of the dry family history story.
Websites:
thearmchairgenealogist.com
familyhistorywritingchallenge.com
familyhistorywritingstudio.com
Presentation: Work Smarter: Learn the Latest Tools for Writing Your Family History (workshop)

GWYNETH PEARCE

Gwyneth-PearceGwyneth Pearce is an Ontario lawyer with a passion for genealogy. She lives in Toronto. Gwyneth has spent the past 25 years doing legal research and writing legal publications in the area of poverty law. She is a member of the Toronto, Halton-Peel, Perth County and Lambton Branches of the Ontario Genealogical Society, as well as the Quebec Family History Society. Gwyneth has served on the executive committee of the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society since 2011.
Presentation: Using Legal Research Tools to Dig Up Family History Leads

ISRAEL PICKHOLTZ

Israel PickholzIsrael, a native Pittsburgher, has lived in Israel since 1973 and now lives in Jerusalem. He has done serious family research for nearly twenty years. His flagship work is the Pikholz Project, a single-surname project to identify and reconnect all Pikholz descendants. Alongside his work as a professional genealogist, taking clients in Israel and abroad, he became heavily involved in genetic genealogy in 2013. He manages test kits of over eighty family members at last count. Last summer he published a book, Endogamy: One Family, One People, which is available at endogamy-one-family.com.
Websites:
allmyforeparents.blogspot.ca
pikholz.org/Pikdex.html
Presentation: Lessons in Jewish DNA: One Man’s Successes and What He Learned On the Journey

DAVID PIKE

David-PikeDavid Pike is a professor of mathematics at Memorial University who has long had a keen personal interest in genealogy. He lives in Mount Pearl, near St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 2013, David became the president of the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. Since 2004 he has been actively engaged in genealogical DNA testing through Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, as well as the Genographic Project. He currently coordinates projects at Family Tree DNA based on Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA, with the latter concentrating on Newfoundland and Labrador. In conjunction with analyzing DNA results for his own family, he has developed and made available for public use several utilities to assist with phasing and other analysis of autosomal DNA data.
Websites:
Pike Surname DNA Project
David Pike’s Family History & Genealogy Resources
David Pike’s utilities for processing unzipped autosomal files
Presentations:
Mitochondrial DNA
Phasing of Autosomal DNA
The Future of Genetic Genealogy (panel member)

 MARIAN PRESS

Marian PressMarian Press, MLS, MA, is a retired academic librarian in Toronto. Born in New Zealand, she has been researching her Scottish, English, Irish and Portuguese roots for over 35 years, sharing the results online and in articles in family history journals. Much of this research involves travel to the places where her ancestors lived and worked. She is a frequent speaker at genealogical workshops and conferences and a writer on family history topics. In 2011, Dundurn/OGS published her book Education and Ontario Family History: A Guide to the Resources for Genealogists and Historians, the result of her years at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Websites:
itsmyancestry.com
itsmyancestry.com/greentree
Presentations:
What is “Digital Humanities” and Why Should Genealogists Care?
Putting Your Family Tree Online

 JOHN D. REID

John ReidFollowing a career as a PhD research scientist, John Reid stepped up his interest in family and local history, joining the board of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) and serving as president from 2004 to 2006. His blog, Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections, has over 7,000 postings since March 2006. In addition to numerous scientific publications he is author of Researching Canada’s Home Children, editor of The Ottawa Sharpshooters, author of articles in several newsstand magazines, a regular columnist in BIFHSGO’s quarterly chronicle and speaker on topics in family history. John lives in Ottawa.
Website: anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com
Presentation: Explore Resources Online for Your English Family History (workshop)

LINDA L. REID

Linda-ReidLinda L. Reid is a retired librarian who lives in Toronto and has been researching her British roots for over 30 years. She has been using the Family Finder test for genetic genealogy since June 2011 and now manages over 30 kits for living people and 3 for relatives who have died since taking the test. Using the data of the real people she has created several  Lazarus kits for long-dead relatives. Linda is active in the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, presently serving as program coordinator and compiler of the branch’s electronic bulletin. She has volunteered in the Toronto Family History Centre (of the LDS Church) for many years where she helps people research their family trees all over the world. She writes occasionally for the Toronto Tree and has written for the former Toronto Family History Centre bulletin. Linda has taught courses for Toronto Branch OGS and has spoken to meetings, conferences and workshops throughout Ontario.
Presentation: Resurrecting Your Dead Ancestors: The GEDmatch Lazarus Program

JUDY G. RUSSELL

Judy RussellJudy G. Russell, from New Jersey, is a renowned genealogist with a popular blog, The Legal Genealogist. Her blog covers many interesting topics, including the legal concepts and terminology that are important to family historians when using court records and other legal documents. She also has a strong interest in genetic genealogy. Judy has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a political science minor from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, for more than 20 years, was an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School. Judy holds credentials as a Certified GenealogistSM and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM from the Board for Certification of Genealogists® where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Website: legalgenealogist.com
Presentations:
No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence (workshop)
The Ethical Genealogist in the 21st Century (plenary)
Beyond Ancestry: Other “Don’t Miss” Genealogy Resources
Ethics in Genetic Genealogy
The Future of Genetic Genealogy (panel member)

GARY SCHRODER

Gary SchroderGary Schroder lives in Pointe Claire on the Island of Montreal and has been the president of the Quebec Family History Society since 1995. He was the chair of Roots 1997, Roots 2002, Roots 2007, Roots 2011 and Roots 2015, the international conferences on family history held at McGill University in Montreal. He has taught family history courses at McGill University and Champlain College. During the past two decades he has given numerous lectures across North America from New Hampshire to Victoria to various genealogical and historical societies. He was a speaker at the 2001 International Conference on Irish Family History held at Trinity College, Dublin. Gary has been a member of the Special Advisory Board of Library and Archives Canada. He is the editor of numerous published works including Christ Church, Montreal Marriages 1766–1850. He has been a frequent guest on Canadian radio and television answering a wide variety of genealogical questions and promoting the educational value of family history research.
Website: Quebec Family History Society
Presentations:
What’s New in Quebec Records? (workshop)
What’s New in Quebec Cemetery Records?

ELINOR SULLIVAN

Elinor SullivanElinor Sullivan (known as Lin to family and friends) graduated as a Librarian from the University of Western Ontario. By the end of her professional career she was involved in library automation initiatives and the creation of large databases. Having just enough OCD to be useful, she also published a bibliography of Simcoe County, as well as indices to several local history publications, between projects. Lin now lives in Barrie but, thanks to electronic media, has been able to help Joanna Crandell in creating her websites. When not indexing for her sister, Lin can be seen in the background of Toronto TV and film productions—but you have to look carefully.
Websites:
orderincouncillists.com
exitpermits1942-1946.com
Presentation: Newly Discovered Privy Council of Canada Lists of Immigrants and Exit Permits (with Joanna Crandell)

ART TAYLOR

Art TaylorArt Taylor has been interested in photography for over 45 years and has worked as a professional audio visual technician and desktop video systems integrator assistant for over 25 years. Art now lives in Hanmer (near Sudbury). For the past two years, he has been teaching photography, digital video capture and editing, and digital image capture and editing. He has led a number of seminars about choosing and using scanners to digitize photos, editing digital photos, how to date and identify family photos, how to digitize home movies and videos yourself, and how to edit your digitized videos. At the “Tracks Through Time” OGS conference in Barrie (May 2015), Art served as an “Ask the Expert” and was able to provide attendees with useful information for their questions about scanning family photos.
Presentation: Using and Managing Digital Images (workshop)

JAMES F. S. THOMSON

James F. S. Thomson lives in Toronto and has designed and taught over a dozen advanced and expert-level family history courses co-sponsored by the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto Branch and the Toronto Public Library. For these courses and in his articles and presentations at conferences and workshops, as well as in his capacity as a University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies instructor, James draws on over 30 years of experience of family and local history research.
Presentations:
Recent Developments in Scottish Family History Research (workshop)
Genealogy and the Age of Shakespeare
A Captain? My Captain? A Genetic Genealogy Success Story (with Elizabeth A. R. Kaegi)

DANIEL VELARDE

Daniel-VelardeDaniel Velarde oversees marketing and communications at Canadiana.org and is responsible for promotional material, publications, and web content. Canadiana.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to making historically significant documentary materials available online. Daniel received a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and an MA in History from the University of Toronto. He lives in Ottawa.
Website: canadiana.org
Presentation: What’s New at Canadiana.org?

JOAN WINEARLS

Joan-WinearlsJoan Winearls lives in Toronto and is the former map librarian of the University of Toronto Library. Her research interests have included the history of cartography and carto-bibliography and more recently genealogy and family history. She is the author of Mapping Upper Canada, 1780–1867 (University of Toronto Press, 1991). She was the invited curator for “Ontario—On The Map”, the inaugural exhibition in the new Archives of Ontario building at York University, in late 2009. In April 2015, she gave the main address “The Maps of Upper Canada and Canada West: Essential tools for Genealogists” to the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto Branch workshop “Finding Your Upper Canada Ancestors”.
Website: maps.library.utoronto.ca/hgis/countymaps/
Presentation: The Ontario Historical County Maps Project (with Marcel Fortin)

STEPHEN C. YOUNG

Stephen-YoungStephen C. Young was born and raised in London, Ontario and now lives in Provo, Utah. He earned a BA at Brigham Young University in Family and Local History and an MA in American History at Bowling Green State University. His MA thesis was entitled: “Loyalism Along the East Branch of the Upper Susquehanna River, 1769–1784”. Stephen also completed some doctoral work at Wayne State University, Detroit. As an employee of FamilySearch since 1988, Stephen has had many assignments, including appointments in the Family History Library administration and a special four-year appointment (1992–1996) in England supervising the British 1881 Census Project. He is currently assigned as a project/collection manager involving publication of records data and images for Canada, the Northeastern United States, and the Pacific. Stephen has achieved genealogical research accreditation (AG) in Canadian research with ICAPGen. He specializes in English, United Empire Loyalist, and Ontario research and history. He proved the descendancy requirement for membership with the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada and is a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society. Stephen has published many genealogical articles, including several in the OGS magazine Families.
Website: FamilySearch.org
Presentations:
Indexing the 1881 Census: Crowdsourcing before the Internet (Lunchtime Learning)
What’s New at FamilySearch?
New Canadian Second World War Military Records

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