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.

F42    Irish and Irish Immigrant Societies and Their Records
S12    Using Canadian Records for Your Irish Research
S43    Using Ancestry DNA

Kate Chadbourne is an award-winning songwriter and poet, a scholar and teacher of Irish language and folklore with a PhD from Harvard, and a beloved performer at venues throughout New England. Learn more about Kate’s upcoming performances, writing, and music here.

Friday Luncheon:
Fairy Paths & Ancient Ways: Songs and Stories of Roads and Remembering

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.

F31    Tracing Irish Ancestors in the National Archives - in England
F52    Birth, Marriage and Death Records in the National Archives - in England
S23    There and Back Again

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.

S34    Transatlantic Genealogy: Linking American Ancestors to Ireland

Dr. Bruce Durie, BSc Hons, PhD, OMLI, 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.

F13    Welsh Genealogy – Finding People and Places
F34    Scottish Records You Cannot Get on Ancestry.com
S14    Scots Migrations to Colonial America
S32    Why the Scots and Irish (Welsh, Bretons, Picts, etc.) are NOT 'Celtic'!

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.

F11    Irish Church Records
S13    Tracing Ancestors From Wales Using Records on Findmypast©
S31    Notify Next of Kin: Evidence in Death for Family History

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.

F51    Mapping Your Ancestral Home In Ireland Using Google Earth

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).

F22    Adding DNA to Your Genealogical Toolkit
F43    Using Autosomal DNA to Find Cousins and Break Through Brick Walls
S33    Using Y-DNA to Research Your Surname

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.

F41   Valuation Office (Ordnance Survey, Pre-publication Records, Griffith's and Revisions)
S41   Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Irish Genealogy

Pamela Guye Holland lives in Swampscott, Masachusetts, and has been conducting genealogical research since 2001. Her specialties are Irish research and genetic genealogy. She serves on the boards of TIARA and NEAPG, is a professional genealogist, and works for research services at NEHGS. She can be found online at her website.

F21    Family History on Your Smartphone or Tablet
F33    Mapping Celtic Locations – Tools and Research Aids

Katie & Friends consists of Katie O'Neill, Kate Chadbourne, Mike Kerr, and Greg Bacon. Katie has a strong love of singing but is a recent convert to the traditional Irish music form. She has traveled to Ireland to research and experience the music in the country. Kate is a singer, storyteller and poet who combines traditional tales with music in her performances. She holds a Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literature from Harvard University. Mike has a background in drama, is a former radio host, and is a featured soloist with local singing events. He has an interest in all things Irish and possesses a voracious knowledge of Irish music and heritage. Greg is a performer, musician, and composer of traditional-sounding Celtic music – and a virtuoso on the fife. Two bands with which he is associated are the Ancient Mariners and the Stoneybatter Band.

Friday Banquet:
Songs From Both Sides of the Atlantic

Sharon Kennedy has been telling stories professionally for more than 30 years. She has performed at storytelling festivals and Irish festivals across the U.S. Sharon has recorded several tapes and CDs – stories and songs from a great variety of cultures including African, Irish, Jewish, Scottish, and Puerto Rican.

Saturday Luncheon:
The Strike for Bread and Roses, Lawrence: 1912

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.

F23    Seeking Your Scots-Irish Ancestry
F53    The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland Online and Off
S11    Strategies for Finding the Origins of Your Irish Ancestors
S42    Irish Civil Registration and Church Records - It's a New World!

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.

F12    Introduction to Irish Internet Sites
F32    Chasing the Poor and the Landless
S21    Mining the Destination Data

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.

S22    Townland Valuation Translator

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.

In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors
S24    They Were Highlanders
S44    Step AWAY from the Computer