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R.H. Thomson

Canadian stage and screen actor RH Thomson was awarded the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and is a Member of the Order of Canada. He has appeared in theatres across Canada and has filmed in Canada, the US, Greece and the Czech Republic. He has earned multiple awards for his […]


Diahan Southard

Diahan Southard knows firsthand what a difference it can make to know where you came from. What started off as an educational and career interest in genetic genealogy became deeply personal when she used DNA to discover her mom’s birth parents and connect with new relatives.  Now she has 20+ […]


Chris Paton

Northern Irish born Chris Paton is a genealogist and writer based in Ayrshire, where he runs the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service at As well as contributing to the UK’s best known family history magazines, Chris also writes for his own Scottish GENES news blog at, and regularly […]


Jonny Perl

Jonny Perl is a genealogist, DNA enthusiast and web developer based in Swansea, Wales. He is the creator and founder of, an award-winning website offering chromosome mapping, inheritance charts and other DNA tools. Jonny enjoys collaborating with others in the field to create innovative and interesting tools that help […]


Ron Arons 1956-2024

Over more than twenty years, Ron Arons has researched his roots to England, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Belarus. Along the way he uncovered a deeply buried secret – one of his ancestors was a criminal! This new found knowledge changed his life forever, including turning Ron into a three-time author and a speaker […]


Paul Milner

Paul Milner, FUGA, MDiv., a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and international lecturer. He teaches English and Scottish research tracks at SLIG, IGHR and the British Institute. Paul is a recipient of UGA Fellow Award (2018) and the FGS David S. Vogels Jr Award (2019). He is […]


Blaine Bettinger

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.