Presenters

As we work on converting to a Virtual Conference, we hope to include many of the presenters listed here.


Tina Beaird, of Tamarack Genealogy, lectures nationally on military research, Scottish records, and archival preservation. She is a director for the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board. Tina volunteers for several local societies and occasionally finds time to research her own family tree, as well.

Topics:
Tracing Your Presbyterian Ancestors





Fiona Fitzsimons teaches a two-year course in Irish Family & Social History in Trinity College Dublin. She is a founder of Eneclann and of the Irish Family History Centre at EPIC. She writes for History Ireland magazine, and Irish Lives Remembered, and has contributed to national newspapers and radio in Ireland and Britain. She lives in Dublin with her husband and three sons.

Topics:
To Find My Soul a Home: Evidence in Marriage for Irish Family History
Land Tax Records, the ‘Ultimate’ Census Substitute for Irish Research 1830 -1980s
Evidence in Death for Irish Family History



Maurice Gleeson is a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician as well as a genetic genealogist.  He is administrator of several Surname DNA Projects, including the Gleason, Spearin, Farrell, Boylan & O'Malley Projects.  He also works with adoptees and with people of unknown parentage and has appeared on Irish TV as a consultant for the TV series Adoption Stories.  He authors several blogs (e.g., DNA and Family Tree Research) and is a regular contributor to genealogical magazines.  His YouTube videos on genetic genealogy are very popular.  He has organized 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).

Topics:
Handy Tools to Use With Your DNA
Reaching Back into the Irish Past with Y-DNA
DNA & Documentary Evidence - Using a Two-pronged Attack on Your Irish Brick Walls



John Grenham was Project Manager with the Irish Genealogical Project from 1991 to 1995 and later went on to develop and market his own genealogical software, 'Grenham’s Irish Recordfinder'. In 2005, he was the first Genealogist-in-Residence at Dublin City Library. He was awarded a fellowship of The Irish Genealogical Research Society in 2007 and of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in 2010. He is the author of Tracing your Irish Ancestors (5th ed. Dublin, Baltimore MD, 2019) the standard reference guide for Irish genealogy, The Atlantic Coast of Ireland (2014), Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), and An Illustrated History of Ireland (1997), among other works. He wrote the "Irish Roots" column in The Irish Times from 2009 to 2016, develops heritage databases, and ran the Irish Ancestors website in conjunction with The Irish Times until 2016. He now runs the successor website.

Topics:
Irish Ancestors at JohnGrenham.com: The Inside Skinny
A Long, Hard Road: A Step-by-Step Look at the Famine Migration Process and Its Records
Records of the Anglo-Irish


Pamela Guye Holland lives in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and is a professional genealogist specializing in Irish and genetic genealogy. She serves on the TIARA board, works for research services at NEHGS and as the US Genealogist for the Irish based Your Irish Heritage. She can be contacted at her website.

Topics:
Mapping Celtic Locations -- Tools and Research Aids






Melanie McComb is a staff genealogist for American Ancestors. She is also an international lecturer with expertise in Irish genealogy, New England, Prince Edward Island, Jewish genealogy, DNA, social media and military records. Melanie is also a blogger known as "The Shamrock Genealogist".

Topics:
Ancestors of the Cloth: Researching Members of the Clergy in Your Family Tree
Across the Border: Irish Immigration from Canada to the U.S., 18th - 20th Century




Paul Milner is a native of northern England and a professional genealogist and international lecturer. He has taught week-long English and Scottish research tracks at IGHR, SLIG, and the British Institute. He is the author of six how-to books for English and Scottish researchers. Follow Paul on his blog.

Topics:
Effective Use of England’s National Archives
Effective Use of ScotslandsPeople Website




Donna Moughty has been conducting family research for over 25 years. She teaches and lectures on the Internet, Irish research, methodology and computer topics locally and at national and regional conferences and institutes. In addition, she provides consultations, research assistance and training. Donna takes groups to Ireland each year to research and is the author of the Quick Reference Guides for Irish Research. Visit her blog here.

Topics:
From Rubble and Ruin: Finding your Family in Land & Tax Records
Irish Civil Registration: It’s a New World!
Unpuzzling Ireland’s Church Records



Northern Irish born Chris Paton lives in Scotland, where he works as a professional genealogist. A holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde, Chris is an author, tutor, and lecturer specialising in Irish and Scottish research, and blogs daily at The GENES Blog.

Topics:
The Godly Commonwealth: Discover Scottish Church Records
Scottish Research Resources Before 1800
Using PRONI for Northern Ireland Research



David E. Rencher, AG®, CG®, FUGA, FIGRS, is employed as the Director, Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited Genealogist® with ICAPGen in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. [TENTATIVE]

Topics:
Finding Irish Records on FamilySearch and Other Major Genealogy Websites
Methodology for Irish Immigration and Emigration




Karen Stanbary, CG®, lectures nationally on the use of DNA test results in genealogical problem-solving, always within the framework of the Genealogical Proof Standard. She is a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and chairs that organization’s standing DNA Committee.

Topics:
Autosomal DNA Identifies a Charming Scoundrel, Irish Immigrants Help to Prove the Conclusion
It's All About Respect -- Clinical Tips for the Management of Unexpected Results