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St. George Family History Expo 2013

22 Feb 2013 - 23 Feb 2013

Joleen Aitchison : A Pacific Northwest native, Joleen is a daughter, mother and grandmother and has always been interested in her family history. An active genealogist with over 30 years experience, personally and professionally, Joleen enjoys sharing her experience in the classroom. She especially loves searching for, and finding, the next missing piece.
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Susan Easton Black : Susan Easton Black is a professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. She is also an author of several books related to Joseph Smith, Jr. and the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Timothy G. Cross : Product Manager for the new FamilySearch for 7 years. Previously, Tim worked in the computer industry for PriceWaterhouse, Booz, Allen, & Hamilton, and Novell. Tim is currently responsible for integrating all the FamilySearch components into www.familysearch.org and linking source records into the Family Tree (new FamilySearch).
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Yvonne Curry : Yvonne Curry is a professional researcher and lecturer with experience in U.S., Canadian, and Italian research. She successfully completed the NGS home study course, has served as a FHC volunteer and on the library committee of the California Genealogical Society. She currently teaches genealogy classes at the Logan Regional Family History Center.
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Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D. : President and founder of The Genealogical Institute, Inc., Dr. Eakle is a professional genealogist with more than 30 years experience in research, consulting, lecturing, and writing. An expert in tracing families from New York, Southern U.S., British Isles, Switzerland, and parts of Germany, she claims a 96% success rate.
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Billy Dubois Edgington : BA in History from University of California Irvine, after two years at San Jose State, and three years at Antioch College, Ohio. Over 40 years experience in historical and genealogical research. Co-author of Vital Information from the Guion Miller Roll and author of African-Cherokee Connections. Past contributor to "Genealogical Helper."
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David J. Farr, CLU CHFC : President of a family organization. He is the author of four family history books including one with Susan Easton Black. He has written articles on family history & has given many lectures including ones at BYU Education Week and BYU Family History Conferences.
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Gaylon Findlay : President of Incline Software, has been developing genealogy software since 1993, and is the primary author of both Ancestral Quest and Personal Ancestral File. Prior to his work in genealogy he graduated from BYU and spent 12 years in the San Francisco Bay Area as a computer consultant.
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Joy Fisher : Joy has more than 16 years experience as a member of USGenWeb.
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Holly T. Hansen : President and Founder of Family History Expos, Inc.: A lifelong resident of Croydon, Utah, Holly is a family history educator with more than 20 years experience. Although she sponsors elaborate events, she also enjoys helping people one-on-one as they learn how to make technology work for them. Author, lecturer, editor, and publisher, Holly devotes time every day to education.
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L. A. (Butch) Hibben, CLA : Certified Legacy Advisor, Butch Hibben, has been helping people preserve their heritage by posting stories, audio recordings, and photos onto the web. He has been involved in family history for over 30 years, but developed a love of family stories when he was a youngster. Reach him at www.circlemending.org
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Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D., MA, CG : Board-Certified genealogist, and national speaker, Jean is a retired college professor with MA (Speech Communication) and PhD (Folklore) degrees. She’s a NARA (Riverside) volunteer; director of Corona FHC; president of both Corona Genealogical Society and So. Calif. Chapter of APG; Board Member of APG; and secretary of Genealogical Speakers Guild.
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Baerbel K. Johnson, AG : International Reference Consultant at the Family History Library. Baerbel holds degrees in Family and Local History Studies and Sociology from BYU. With more than 20 years’ experience in European family history, she has published journal articles, contributed material for several books, and lectured at various conferences.
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Thomas Jay Kemp : Director, Genealogy Products NewsBank. A well-known genealogist, librarian and speaker. Tom has been working in libraries for the past 48 years. He has authored more than 35 books. He was a presenter at the first genealogy conference held in China (Shanghai 2001) and has regularly presented at national genealogy conferences.
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Ruth Ellen Maness, AG : 35+ years experience in Germanic & Scandinavian records, Former Senior Research Consultant at the Family History Library. Co-compiler, Passport to Paradise: The Copenhagen "Mormon" Passenger Lists, Legacy of Sacrifice; lecturer for NGS, FGS, BYU, UGA, ICAPGen conferences; Former instructor at the Salt Lake Institute; Germany, Poland, England, South Africa, and Eastern/Southern/Mid-Western U.S. research trips; contributor to Everton's Genealogical Helper.
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Philipp M. Mayer : A retired engineer with thirty-five years of design, management, and consultant experience. He is the author of Genealogy Presentations, 4 Decades of Pueblo’s German Club, and Presentation is Everything. After twenty-five years of family research, he developed a unique process to organize, manage, and present family information.
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Margo McKinstry, AG : Originally an eastern Canadian, Margo’s love of genealogy started at an early age. Accredited for England and published author, she is Research Consultant for the FHL on the British Reference team, teaches patron classes, and promotes special programs (Summer of Sleuthing and the online British Research Series) through Patron Services.
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Lance Mclntosh : Senior Manager for FamilySearch’s Member and Public Outreach division. Lance’s team provides assistance to priesthood leaders and members in the United States and Canada. Lance has 25 years of experience in the area of support and training and holds a BS degree from Brigham Young University.
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Sharon D. Monson : Founder of GenSearch and more, an author, and conference presenter. She has extensive research experience in courthouses, archives, and the Family History Library spanning 30+ years. Her class presentations cover a wide range of research methods, useful tips, and unusual resources.
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Nathan W. Murphy : Senior research consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Publication credits include The American Genealogist, Genealogists' Magazine, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Nathan has used DNA to solve many brickwall research problems.
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Mark Olsen : Mark Olsen has a degree in Family History with an emphasis in Spanish Records from Brigham Young University. Mark works at MyHeritage USA, WorldVitalRecords, as the Affiliate and Business Development Manager. Mark lives in Lehi, Utah and is married to Sara, they are the proud parents of seven children.
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Michael Provard : Mike Provard recently joined the FamilySearch Marketing Team as the Operations and Logistics Coordinator. He has been a family history center director and currently assists in teaching the family history class in his LDS ward. He has worked in various areas of the Family History Department, including the Granite Mountain Records Vault and Family History Center Support.
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Geoff Rasmussen : Geoff Rasmussen graduated with a degree in Genealogy from BYU and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is the host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, and has authored books, videos, and articles. He met and proposed to his wife in a Family History Center.
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Glenn Rawson : Since 1995, Glenn has been telling stories on various radio stations. He worked on the Joseph Smith Papers; a weekly television documentary on the life of Joseph Smith. He is currently producing the continuing historical documentary entitled History of the Saints, Gathering to the West.
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Barbara Renick : A computing instructor at the Orange Family History Center in California. Barbara has taught genealogical computing classes since 1985 and frequently lectures at regional and national conferences. She writes for genealogy publications and authored Genealogy 101: How To Trace Your Family's History and Heritage for the National Genealogical Society's 100th Anniversary.
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Marlo E. Schuldt : President of LifeStory Productions, Inc., an Orem, Utah-based company that develops family history software and provides assistance to individuals desiring to gather, prepare, print, and share family history. With BS and MS degrees from Brigham Young University, he recently patented the Heritage Collector Software. Father of five; grandfather of eight.
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Donald R. Snow : Retired from BYU, Donald R. Snow and his wife Diane (now deceased) served four Family History missions for the LDS Church. Served as Directors for the New York FHC and in the London FHC. Past Vice President of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group.
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Diahan Southard : Creative Director for Genetic Genealogy Consultants. She has been involved in the genetic genealogy community since its inception, over 12 years ago. She was among the original employees of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Diahan received a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Brigham Young University.
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Heidi G. Sugden, AG : A native of Vienna Austria, she has been working for FamilySearch at the Family History Library for over 15 years as a reference consultant. Her interests include French and Austrian research. The love of her life is her 6 children and 23 grandchildren.
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James L. Tanner : Is a retired attorney and business owner with over 33 years of experience in genealogical research. James was an intelligence officer during the Vietnam War, has a BA Degree in Spanish, a Masters Degree in Linguistics from the University of Utah, and a JD Degree in Law from Arizona State University.
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Tom Underhill : Publisher, senior designer and author of nine books at Creative Continuum, a book design and publishing company specializing in high-quality, short-run books, Tom and his company have recently produced more than 400 family history heirloom books, printed more than 10.5 million pages and scanned more than 13,000 photographs.
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Linda Snow Westover : Has been a family history enthusiast for the past 25 years. Ward family history consultant, and associate director at the Lindon (Utah) Family History center, her friends call her the ghost-whisperer. She enjoys helping others and travelling to research her family. Linda works in the registrar’s office at BYU.
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Judith E. Wight, AG : Owner of Wight House Research. Accredited Genealogist specializing in Ireland (30+ years) and Scotland (10+ years). Writes extensively for genealogical periodicals. Popular teacher and lecturer at genealogical events. Worked 10 years as a British Reference consultant at the FHL. Also does research in the U.S. and Canada.
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