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The Master Genealogist

Alan E. Mann
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Alan E. Mann, A.G., was born in Phoenix, Arizona, not too many years ago. He has lived in 9 states, Puerto Rico, France, and England. He has visited 46 states and 14 countries. Alan is a very educated man and speaks fluent French and some Spanish. He attended the University of North Dakota and BYU, majoring in accounting and minoring in French. Mr. Mann is an accredited genealogist researcher in England, Australia, and the Channel Islands.
Barbara Renick
Barbara Renick nee Zucknick is a nationally known genealogy lecturer. She served as the national advertising chair for the GenTech2000 Conference, where she also lectured, and was one of the featured lecturers at the annual BYU Computerized Genealogy Conference in March, 2000. Currently, she is on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Professional Genealogists and is on the National Genealogical Society's Computer Interest Group Committee. She is vice-president for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists; the second vice-regent for Katuktu Chapter, NSDAR; and is on staff at the LDS Regional Family History Center in Orange, California. Barbara writes for several genealogy publications, including the NGS/CIG Digest, and is co-author of the book The Internet for Genealogists: A Beginner’s Guide.
Bob Velke
Bob Velke is the president of Wholly Genes Software, the makers of The Master Genealogist and Family Tree SuperTools. He is a popular speaker at genealogical conferences and has written for Genealogical Computing, The Computer Genealogist, and a variety of other publications on topics related to using computers for family history research. He is a member of the Board of Directors for GENTECH, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded to foster the use of technology among family historians, and is active in Lexicon Working Group and other projects designed to improve the methods for communicating data between researchers. Bob is an avid family history researcher with a special interest in the Civil War and Southwest Virginia.
Elizabeth Kerstens
Because conducting your genealogical research is only half of the process, Certified Genealogical Records Specialist Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens created Clooz to fill a void left by contemporary genealogy software that is used to organize and file genealogical documents.

Geoffrey Rasmussen
Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is Millennia Corporation’s Regional Marketing Director. Living in Provo, Utah, he has attended Brigham Young University as a Family History major. He has also worked as the computer support technician for the Utah Valley Regional Family History Center at BYU. Geoff has been a member of the Information Technologies committee of the UGA, as well as in the leadership of the Utah Valley Chapter of the UGA, and involved in the Provo area Legacy Users Group. He has published his own work, The Rasmussen Legacy.

Jake Gehring
Jake Gehring is a well-known genealogical author and lecturer, and is currently employed as a product manager for He is the former editor of Genealogical Computing, a quarterly journal for those using technology and genealogy. Jake graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Genealogy/Family History and lives in Provo, Utah with his wife and children.
Kip Sperry
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Kip Sperry, CG, CGI, AG, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, is an
Associate Professor of Family History at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, where he is Associate Director of BYU's Center for Family History and Genealogy.

Kip is the author of Genealogical Research in Ohio, 2nd edition (2003) and Reading Early American Handwriting, both published by Genealogical Publishing Company and Abbreviations & Acronyms: A Guide for Family Historians, revised 2nd edition (Ancestry, 2003)
He is editor of The BYU Family Historian, an online journal published at BYU, Provo, Utah.
Mary E. Vassel Hill
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Mary E.Vassel Hill was born in Norwalk, Connecticut. She obtained a BA in Family and Community History and an MLS from Brigham Young University. Mary joined the teaching staff of BYU as an instructor in Family History and genealogical research in 1992. In 1995 she joined the staff of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as a cataloger in Spanish and Portuguese. In 1998 Mary joined the US/Canada reference staff, and is an instructor in various aspects of genealogical research. She is an accredited genealogist in Eastern and Southern states research, and is a sought after speaker at genealogy fairs and conferences. The workshop she developed on setting up a paper filing system in this day of the computer has been particularly popular.
Maureen Taylor
Maureen A. Taylor, of and a contributing editor to Family Tree Magazine is the author of Scrapbooking Your Family History (Betterway, 2003), Preserving Your Family Photographs (Betterway 2001) and Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs (Betterway 2000) as well as a guide to family history for kids, Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors (Houghton Mifflin, 1999). She is also the author of several other books and articles. Her numerous television and radio appearances include The View, MSNBC and DIY:Scrapbooking.

Nancy González
Usando el software Personal Ancestral File de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los últimos Días, ésta serie de entrenamiento en video le enseña como usar el poder de las computadoras para llevar un control de su investigación genealógica. Este video es presentado por Nancy González, quien ha tenido una gran pasión por la historia familiar desde muy jóven. Es miembro de y ha servido en varias asociaciones genealógicas, tal como Legado Latino, una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a ayudar a la comunidad Latina en su investigación de historia familiar, a través de cursos, talleres y una conferencia anual.

Rhonda McClure
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Rhonda R. McClure is a professional genealogist specializing in New England research and computerized genealogy. She has been involved in online genealogy for fifteen years. She was the Data Manager of the Genealogy RoundTable on Genie® for seven years and the forum manager for the Genealogy Forum on MSN® for eighteen months. Her recent endeavors involve the researching of the famous and infamous. She is a contributing editor to Biography Magazine with her "Celebrity Roots" column and a contributing writer to The History Channel Magazine with her "Heritage" column, both dealing with the unique ancestral or familial relationships of the famous and celebrated. She has compiled approximately 120 celebrity trees of those in entertainment, sports, literature, and politics. She has authored articles in Ancestry Magazine, Genealogical Computing, Everton's Genealogical Helper, and Family Tree Magazine. She is author of the award-winning The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy, now in its second edition and The Official Family Tree Maker fast & easy series for versions 7 through 10 of the program. Her latest book is Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors, published by Betterway Books, and is her second with them. Her first was The Genealogist’s Computer Companion. As a lecturer she has spoken at national conferences, including NGS, FGS, and GenTech, as well as participating in the Brigham Young University Computerized Genealogy Conference for a number of years. She has upcoming speaking engagements across the country. She is the current President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and a member of the National Genealogical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and the National Writers Union.
Richard S. Wilson
Richard S. Wilson has been doing genealogical research for more than two decades. He is a nationally known genealogical and computing lecturer, has written articles for international magazines, and is a contributing editor to the National Genealogical Society/Computer Interest Group Digest. Richard has been the president of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the state coordinator for the California USGenWeb Project on the Internet. He is the Author of Publishing Your Family History on the Internet and co-author of The Internet for Genealogists: A Beginner’s Guide.
Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
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Sharon DeBartolo Carmack is a Certified Genealogist, specializing in consulting, writing, and editing narrative family histories. She is the author of fourteen books and hundreds of articles and columns. Sharon is the editor of Betterway Genealogy Books, a consulting editor for Newbury Street Press (the publishing imprint of the New England Historic Genealogical Society), a contract advisor for the National Writers Union, and a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine. She also writes columns for Reunions Magazine, the Federation of Genealogical Societies' Forum, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Sharon is a frequent lecturer at local, regional, and national genealogical conferences. She is the past editor of Speak! and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Her awards and honors include APG's Grahame Thomas Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit (1990); the Federation of Genealogical Societies' Award of Merit (1992 and 2002); and in 1998, Sharon was made a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association for her "outstanding contributions to the genealogical community and for the production of articles, books, and lectures that are an exemplary blend of her expertise in history and genealogy."
Stephen W. Lemmon
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As a consultant and professional speaker, Stephen Lemmon has delivered thousands of presentations to audience members all across the country. One of Steve’s greatest assets is the ability to teach others to think through problems and make complex things simple.
The Studio
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Tony Burroughs
Tony Burroughs teaches genealogy at Chicago State University and is the best selling author of Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family published by Simon & Schuster (2001).

Mr. Burroughs lectures throughout the United States and Canada and has been quoted in the New York Times, Jet Magazine, People Magazine, Time Magazine, and many other publications. He's been interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning, ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and was a featured genealogy expert in seven episodes of the PBS television series, Ancestors.

His research on the Underground Railroad enabled the Kimsey Crossing home in Tamarora, Illinois to be recognized by the National Park Service's Network to Freedom.

Mr. Burroughs is a widely sought after motivational speaker and trainer. He has the unique ability to blend his unbridled enthusiasm with powerful techniques that can help entrepreneur succeed in today's volitale environment.