2018 Presenters

Enjoy presentations by our speakers on a variety of topics.

Kyle Betit grew up in Juneau, Alaska, where he started researching his family history at age nine. Kyle co-founded AncestryProGenealogists and manages Ancestry’s travel program. His areas of expertise include Ireland, Canada, Eastern Europe, immigration, and DNA. He has appeared on and researched many episodes of the Who Do You Think You Are? television program.

Audrey Collins is a Family History Specialist at The National Archives U.K., which she joined in 2002. She is a regular speaker at major genealogy events in the UK and overseas, and has researched extensively on the General Register Office and its records. She co-wrote Birth, Marriage and Death Records with David Annal, and authored a number of blog posts, podcasts and webinars on The National Archives website.

Marie E. Daly is one of the founders of TIARA, a former president of TIARA, 30-year employee of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, where she worked as the CFO, Library Director and Senior Genealogist. She has been involved with Irish genealogy since 1976, and has travelled to Ireland on numerous occasions. She has written and lectured on Irish genealogical topics, among which is her latest publication, Genealogist’s Handbook for Irish Research.

Dr. Bruce Durie, BSc Hons, PhD, OMLI, FSAScot, FCollT, FIGRS, FHEA, QG, is considered one of Scotland's top genealogists, with an international reputation in researching, lecturing, writing and broadcasting. Recently elected an Academician of the prestigious Académie Internationale de Généalogie, he is Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to the Chief of Durie. His book Scottish Genealogy is an international best-seller.

Fiona Fitzsimons is a founder of (Eneclann), a Trinity College campus company. She combines a rigorous academic training with 25 years as a practitioner in Irish family history. Research credits include Who Do You Think You Are (2005 to the present), PBS’s Finding Your Roots and Faces of America, and The Genealogy Roadshow (U.S. edition). Fiona is a columnist for History Ireland and Irish Lives Remembered, and a regular contributor to national newspapers and radio (BBC4, RTE). She teaches Family History in Trinity College Dublin.

Nora Galvin is a Certified Genealogist and member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Connecticut Ancestry Society. She has served in a number of leadership positions in these organizations and is currently editor of the journal, Connecticut Ancestry. She specializes in Irish and Connecticut research and DNA analysis. She also lectures on these and other genealogy subjects. Nora’s mapping interest came about while exploring how a rare Irish surname could be spread out among five or so different County Cork parishes on Griffith’s Valuation.

Maurice Gleeson is a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician as well as a genetic genealogist. He is administrator of several Surname DNA Projects, works with adoptees, and has appeared on TV as a DNA consultant. He authors several blogs, is a regular contributor to genealogical magazines, and his YouTube videos are very popular. He has organised the DNA Lectures for "Genetic Genealogy Ireland" in Dublin and "Who Do You Think You Are" in the UK since 2012, as well as given talks all over Ireland, the UK, and internationally. He was voted "Genetic Genealogist of the Year 2015" (SurnameDNA Journal) and "Superstar Genealogist, Ireland" in 2016 (Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections).

John Grenham was Project Manager with the Irish Genealogical Project from 1991 to 1995. He developed a genealogical software, "Grenham’s Irish Recordfinder" and was the first (and so far only) Genealogist-in-Residence at Dublin City Library. He was awarded a fellowship of The Irish Genealogical Research Society and of the Genealogical Society of Ireland. John is the author of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors (4th ed. Dublin, Baltimore MD, 2012), the standard reference guide for Irish genealogy and Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), among other works. He wrote the "Irish Roots" column in The Irish Times from 2009 to 2016 and ran the Irish Ancestors website until 2016. He now runs the successor website.

Donna Moughty, a Professional Genealogist and member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and of the Genealogical Speakers’ Guild is a researcher, lecturer, and blogger. She teaches and lectures on a variety of subjects including the Internet, Irish research, methodology and computer topics both locally and at national and regional conferences and institutes. In addition, she provides consultations, research assistance, and training. She is the author of the Quick Reference Guides for Irish Research and conducts Irish research trips. Her genealogy blog can be found here.

Chris Paton, born in Northern Ireland, and resident in Scotland, holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies. He runs the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service and The GENES Blog, and is the author of several published Unlock the Past genealogy guide books, available from Maia's Books.

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, is employed as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the few who have earned both credentials: Accredited GenealogistCM with ICAPGenSM in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. David is a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London and is currently an instructor for the British Institute where he also serves as a Trustee of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. He currently serves on the Board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

John Schnelle is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and of Temple University. He has conducted extensive research into Irish land valuations, early agricultural science, and mid-19th century farming. His lecture breathes life into the numerical evidence our ancestors left behind. In 2016 John created an interactive website for genealogists to access his research.

Darris Williams, AG® is a Research Community Manager at FamilySearch applying lean startup concepts to family history, a freelance genealogist and instructor. He worked as a British reference consultant at the Family History Library for 15 years and was a co-founder of the FamilySearch wiki. Darris helped create the "Colt Game" as a tool to teach FamilySearch computer engineers about family history and the challenges that genealogists encounter. He is the only person currently accredited by ICAPGen™ for Wales and the second person to ever pass the test.

Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator with an expertise in the Scottish records. To allow family history researchers the chance to learn about their ancestors in their ancestral homeland, Christine began her business, Genealogy Tours of Scotland. In addition, she shares her knowledge through talks, webinars and articles. She recently authored Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors, a special edition magazine for Internet Genealogy.