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Danette Nelson Anderson, RN, BSN
Danette Nelson Anderson is a Registered Nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Marthe Arends
Marthe Arends has been involved in genealogy for 18 years. She has lectured on computers and genealogy to many groups, has been the SysOp of a Fidonet genealogy BBS, has written articles for a variety of genealogy publications, and currently writes fiction. Marthe has also written Genealogy Software Guide and Genealogy on CD-ROM, both published by the Genealogical Publishing Company.

Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck
Lloyd Dewitt Bockstruck, a native of Vandalia, Illinois, is the supervisor of the Genealogy Section of the Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas. He holds an A.B. cum laude from Greenville College, an M.A. from Southern Illinois University, and an M.S. from the University of Illinois.

Active in numerous hereditary organizations, he has been the Librarian General of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution and the Registrar of both the Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry and the Order of Founders and Patriots of America. A sought-after public speaker on a number of topics, Mr. Bockstruck is widely recognized as one of our leading authorities on the genealogical sources of the American Revolution. In 1983 the National Genealogical Society recognized him with its Award of Merit and in 1989 the Daughters of the American Revolution gave him the History Award. His other publications include Virginia's Colonial Soldiers and Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants.

Tony Burroughs
Tony Burroughs is an internationally known genealogist, author, teacher, and lecturer. He teaches genealogy at Chicago State University and is the author of Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree. Mr. Burroughs has been interviewed many times on radio and television Appeared as a guest expert in the PBS series Ancestors CBS Sunday Morning, CBS News, ABC World New Tonight, & BET Nightly News. In 1996 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Genealogical Society and co-authored the African-American Genealogical Sourcebook (Gale Research 1995).

Mr. Burroughs has been practicing genealogy for twenty years, having traced two family lines back seven generations. He has extensive experience in libraries, archives, historical societies and county courthouses. He has conducted the African-American genealogy workshop at the National Archives — Great Lakes Region for six years. He also lectures at local, state and national genealogical conferences and has given half-day and full-day workshops in over a dozen cities. He was the James Dent Walker Memorial Lecturer in Richmond, Virginia in October 1994. His talks are on all aspects of American Genealogy and African-American Genealogy.

Mr. Burroughs is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Research in Washington, D.C. and the Institute of Genealogy and History at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is past president of the Afro-American Genealogical & Historical Society of Chicago, Inc. and past curator of the African-American Genealogy Collection at the Avalon Branch of the Chicago Public Library. He also served on the board of directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society in Washington, D.C.

Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
Sharon DeBartolo Carmack is a Certified Genealogist, executive editor of Family Tree Books (formerly Betterway Books), contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine, and the author of eight books, including A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors.

Sharon is also a consulting editor for Newbury Street Press (the publishing imprint of the New England Historic Genealogical Society) and a contract advisor for the National Writers Union. Sharon is a former editor for the NGS NewsMagazine; Speak! (the newsletter of the Genealogical Speakers Guild); and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

Natalie Cottrill
Natalie Cottrill is a professional genealogist who, for the past 10 years, has concentrated upon researching United States family histories. She specializes in solving problems with difficult pre-1850 U.S. lineages, immigration, 20th century and common surnames. She has been President and CEO of ProGenealogists since its inception in 1998, and continues to work with her colleagues to build tools to promote research and customer service excellence within this organization. She also belongs to the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and to Mensa, Intl.

David A. Fryxell
David A. Fryxell, former editor in chief of Writer's Digest magazine, is the publisher of Desert Exposure, a monthly tabloid serving southwestern New Mexico. He has also been editorial director of Family Tree Magazine, America's most popular magazine on discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history.

Myra Vanderpool Gormley
Myra Vanderpool Gormley has been a syndicated columnist and feature writer for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. Additionally, she writes articles on the subject of genealogy for Colonial Homes magazine. She is the editor of RootsWeb Review, two weekly e-zine genealogy newsletters. A certified genealogist, she has written three books, Prima's Official Companion to Family Tree Maker, Family Diseases: Are You at Risk? and Cherokee Connections. In her spare time she searches for her own elusive ancestors.

Alex Haley
After the appearance of the television program Roots in the late 1970s, Alex Haley became one of the nation's most well-known genealogists. Indeed, he is often credited with helping revive American interest in genealogy. Although Alex Haley has passed away, he is still, in a way, influencing American genealogists, because the idea for the genealogy television program Ancestors was his.

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CGRS
Kathleen W. Hinckley, is a Certified Genealogical Records Specialist, author, lecturer, and owner and operator of Family Detective. She also serves as the executive director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Gary Hoffman
Gary Hoffman has been involved in genealogy research for over 30 years. He is former president of the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego and is CGSSD's Webmaster. Currently a computer manager at the University of California's San Diego campus, he recently received a law degree and passed the California bar exam. His articles on technical and legal issues relating to genealogy have appeared in several online publications and newsletters and he is a regular speaker at national genealogy conferences.

Rhonda R. McClure
Rhonda R. McClure is a professional genealogist specializing in New England research and computerized genealogy. She has been involved in on-line genealogy for ten years. She was the Web Site Sysop for the Ultimate Family Tree web site. She was the Data Manager of the Genealogy RoundTable on Genie® for seven years and the forum manager for the Genealogy Forum on MSN®. She is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy. She is currently a contributing editor for Heritage Quest Magazine and Ancestry, Inc.'s Genealogical Computing. She also writes a 5-day a week e-mail newsletter, Family Tree Finders, for SodaMail.

Marcia Yannizze Melnyk
This article was excerpted from The Weekend Genealogist: Time-Saving Techniques for Effective Research by Marcia Yannizze Melnyk. Marcia Yannizze Melnyk is a professional genealogist and former reference librarian at the New England Historical Genealogical Society. She is the author of The Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research 4th Edition, and was a contributing expert to the PBS TV series "Ancestors."

Kory Meyerink
Kory Meyerink is an accredited genealogist who lives in Salt Lake City where he currently conducts professional research for ProGenealogists.com, a division of Ancestral Quest, and for Genealogical Research Associates. He is the author of Ancestry's Printed Sources, past president of the Utah Genealogical Society, founder of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and teaches at many national and local conferences.

Halvor Moorshead
Halvor Moorshead is the editor and publisher of Family Chronicle. This feature originally appeared in Family Chronicle magazine on the Family Chronicle Web site.

David L. Mishkin
David L. Mishkin graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1969, where he earned a B.S. degree in photography. He owns and operates "Just Black & White" in Portland, Maine, which is a custom processing laboratory specializing in photographic copying, enhancements and restorations. "Just Black & White" caters to a variety of museums, historical societies, genealogical groups and photographers. The lab has worked on projects from historical societies from Nain, Labrador to Point Barrow, Alaska. Mr. Mishkin is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and has written articles for several photographic magazines. He has had articles published in New England Archivists, Heritage Quest, NEXUS, Search, The Connecticut Nutmegger, Southern Queries, and Genealogical Helper.

Brian Mitchell
Brian Mitchell is the author of the Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy, from which this article is excerpted.

Michael John Neill
Michael John Neill is a regular columnist for the Ancestry Daily News and a math instructor at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. He was the Part I studies coordinator at the former Genealogical Institute of Mid America and conducts a weeklong series of genealogy computer workshops every year for Carl Sandburg College. He is currently on the Federation of Genealogical Societies' Board of Directors.

Dr. Lyman D. Platt
Dr. Lyman D. Platt has extensive training in a number of modern languages and has taught hundreds of seminars on ancient handwriting styles. Employed at the Genealogical Society of Utah for seventeen years, Dr. Platt assisted in many of that institution's international efforts, including the extraction program, microfilming, and coordination with government and private agencies in preserving and using records. He has been at the forefront of the development of genealogical databases since their inception. He is recognized in many national and international publications of contemporary authors, having published twenty-eight books, thirty-four booklets and technical manuals, and written some fifty articles of genealogical interest.

Pamela Boyer Porter
Pamela Boyer Porter, a Certified Genealogical Records Specialist, is past editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and the past chair of St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly, and co-author of an NGS special publication, Research in Missouri. She has lectured at numerous national conferences sponsored by the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, and GENTECH, and at numerous regional conferences. A graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and member of Phi Kappa Phi honorary society, Ms. Porter has completed genealogical studies at the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America, Samford University's Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research, and the National Institute on Genealogical Research at the National Archives. She is an assistant director of the Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance, a board member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and an honorary life member of the St. Louis Genealogical Society.

Donna Przecha
I began genealogy in 1970 when we were living in Ogden, Utah for a short time. I was immediately hooked when, on my first visit to the local Family History Center, I found my great-grandparents in the 1850 Ohio census. I have been researching ever since on my own family and for others. I soon recognized the value of computer programs for keeping track of the data. I was a founding member of the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego and editor of the newsletter. I have written a third party manual on ROOTS III and, with Joan Lowrey, authored two guides to genealogy software. Using ROOTS III and WordPerfect, I have written several family history books for others, but have yet to stop researching long enough to complete my own family history!

Carla Ridenour
Carla Ridenour is editor of the National Genealogical Society's Computer Interest Group Digest

Diana Smith
Diana Smith and husband Gary have had an interest in family history since childhood. She is currently a volunteer librarian at the local LDS Family History Center, a Genealogy Forum host on America Online, speaks to genealogy societies on a variety of topics, and occasionally teaches a course at Polaris Career Center (in the southwest suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio) on "genealogy on the computer" (featuring Personal Ancestral File).

Elsdon C. Smith
Elsdon C. Smith has authored several name books, including The Story of Our Names, Dictionary of American Family Names, and Naming Your Baby. In addition, he co-founded the American Name Society in 1951.

Kip Sperry, CG, AG
Kip Sperry, CG, AG, is an Associate Professor of family history at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and the Utah Genealogical Association.

Maureen A. Taylor
Maureen A. Taylor, Owner and Principal of Ancestral Connections, combines her background in history, genealogy, photography and library science to assist individuals and institutions with research and project management. She is the author of several genealogical books and articles including the recent Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs (Betterway, 2000) and a guide to family history for kids, Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors (Houghton Mifflin, 1999). Her columns on genealogy appear in Ancestry Daily News and in Reunions magazine.

Edith Wagner
Edith Wagner is the editor of Reunions magazine, author of Reunions Workbook and Catalog and The Family Reunion Sourcebook (Lowell House, Los Angeles) in bookstores now. She collects material for this column and Reunions magazine from family reunions and invites you to share your reunion ideas, concerns or questions.

John Wylie
John Vincent Wylie serves the Association of Professional Genealogists as Secretary, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) as a member of the NGS-GENTECH Advisory Committee and the National Standards Committee; the Dallas Genealogical Society as Special Interest Groups Leader and his church as Chair of the Information Technology Committee and as a member of its History Committee. From 2000 through 2004 he served on the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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