Bonus Track Speakers

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Heather Oakley

Heather Oakley has been an active volunteer in the Ottawa genealogy community since 1988. She has been a board member of the Ottawa Branch most of that time, holding the position of Secretary, Chair, Past Chair, Director at Large, Program Committee and now acting Vice Chair. Heather has also assisted in the […]

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Claire Smith-Burns

Claire Smith-Burns became intrigued with family history in her teen years when she was tasked with sorting through boxes of old letters and photographs after the death of her favourite great aunt. And she has been happily involved in genealogical research ever since. Her long experience with Canadian, United Kingdom […]

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Karlee Twiner

Karlee Twiner is a graduate of BYU with a Bachelors degree in Genealogy. She specializes in Irish and Southern US research. She currently works for FamilySearch correcting image data. She also is the co-founder of Family Tree Travels, a company that takes people to their ancestral home to do research […]

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Roslyn Torella

Roslyn Torella specializes in Italian and immigrant genealogy through her business, Mahoning ValleyRoots. She wrote a monthly Italian genealogy column for La Gazzetta Italiana for many years and is treasurer and newsletter editor for the Mahoning County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. She was recently published in the National […]

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Michelle Spencer

Michelle L. Spencer, owner of RomaMaryGrace, is an historian and professional genealogist specializing in family business research. Michelle has more than twenty-five years of experience speaking on subjects including small towns, unusual military and government records and how to unite records with ephemera and photos to create a compelling family […]

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Dr. Sarah J. Makowski

Sarah J. Makowski is a learning and development professional with a passion for continuing education. At age fifty, she completed her PhD in cognitive narratology at the University of Aachen in Germany. She regularly gives talks at Austen-related conferences and festivals on her dissertation-based book, Bitches in Bonnets: Life Lessons […]

Lianne Kruger

Lianne Kruger

Lianne Kruger is a professional genealogist and speaker specializing in Canada, homesteading (U.S. and Canada), OneName Studies, OnePlace Studies, family history videos, and using technology in all aspects of genealogy such as Google Maps, Google Drive, Word, and Evernote. She is a member of the board and CFO for mitoYDNA.org. […]

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Pam Vestal

Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker who got hooked on genealogy when her daughter grew curious about her wacky paternal ancestors.  To advance her research, Pam took classes, attended conferences and genealogy institutes, watched innumerable lectures, and exchanged information with her peers.  Eventually, after a 20-year writing career, she decided […]

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Gordon McBean

Gordon McBean is a retired Educational Technologist from Red River College. He supported college staff’s use of Microsoft Office products and ran training courses for staff on MS Office and other technologies used in the educational environment. He has been a member of the Manitoba Genealogical Society member since 1996, […]

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Linda Yip

Linda Yip is an author, researcher, and storyteller who has been invited to speak in Canada and the United States. She is a professional genealogist and expert in Chinese Canadian genealogy. She is a member of the Ancestry® Advisory Board of Genealogists and the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has […]

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David Ryan

David Ryan is a professional genealogist and historical researcher based in Cork, Ireland. He has worked as a professional genealogist for the past decade and is a member of the executive board for the Association of Professional Genealogists. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Public History and Cultural Heritage […]

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Linda Corupe

Linda Corupe, U.E., has authored over 50 books on genealogy and history over the past 40 years. The descendant of a United Empire Loyalist from the Napanee, Ontario area, her early publications mainly concerned the Quinte area. More recently, however, she has expanded her focus to include records from all […]

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Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson is a professional genealogist and educator who specializes in genetic genealogy and researching personal family archives. He uses genetic and traditional genealogical research methods, combined with a deep understanding of information technology and analysis, to help his clients shed light on their family histories and mysteries. Mark is […]

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Pamela Vittorio

Pamela Vittorio is a historian, professional genealogist, and an Associate Teaching Professor (Research & Writing) in the English Language Studies Dept./Parsons School of Design, at the New School University, in NYC. She holds an M.A. from NYU, a genealogical research certificate from B.U. and a PLCGS in Canadian Studies and […]

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Ken McKinlay

Ken McKinlay’s foray into his family tree research started with three simple family stories that he wanted to confirm or refute. He has now been researching his family tree for over 20 years and discoveries are still being made. He has given talks for branches of Ontario Ancestors, the British […]

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Stephen Young

Stephen, a native of London, Ontario, has been actively researching his family history for 45 years in the province where his paternal lines resided for five generations, first arriving in Toronto in the 1830s. He earned a BA at Brigham Young University in Family and Local History (1985), and an […]

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Drew von Hasselbach

Drew von Hasselbach is a lawyer and journalist who has been doing genealogical research for more than 30 years. He received a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies in October 2022.   Drew has experience researching records in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Germany, and Eastern […]