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Jennifer Alford is a writer, educator, and genealogy professional specializing in education on Jewish research, immigration, and technology. She began developing her genealogy knowledge in 2008 when her maternal grandmother and paternal grandparents passed away. Since that time she has used her free time to become actively involved in the genealogy community. She is an Ohio State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. Her “day job” as a traffic engineer for a private consulting firm creates opportunities to gain knowledge and valuable skills that translate to her genealogy research and business. Her strong organizational skills and use of logic and methodology as an engineer is highly beneficial to genealogy research.
As Publisher at The In-Depth Genealogist, she designs the monthly digital magazine, Going In-Depth, eBooks, research guides, and much more. She is Editor for the bi-monthly newsletter of the Indiana Genealogical Society. She is a Trustee for the Ohio Genealogical Society, serves on the Education Committee, and acts as the Columbus Area District representative.
Ron has given 300+ presentations internationally. Hes authored three books: The Jews of Sing Sing, WANTED! U.S. Criminal Records, and, most recently, Mind Maps for Genealogy. Ron earned degrees at Princeton and the University of Chicago. In 2006 Ron won a research grant from the NY State Archives to continue his research on the topic of Jewish criminality in New York. That same year he appeared on the PBS television special, The Jewish Americans, in which Ron spoke about Jewish criminals on New Yorks Lower East Side. Ron earned a B.S. Engineering degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago (concentrations in marketing and finance.). Ron has earned a reputation as an entertaining (read funny), inspirational, and informative speaker.
Jen Baldwin is a genealogist, lecturer, and researcher, specializing gold rush history, fraternal societies, and using technology and social media in genealogy. She is the Outreach Manager for Findmypast, host of #genchat on Twitter, and volunteers for several local and national organizations, including the Larimer County Genealogical Society, the NextGen Genealogical Society, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions campaign.
Angie Bush, a professional genetic genealogist, holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology and an MST in Biotechnology. She worked in biotechnology and clinical genetics for 12 years before deciding to merge her professional live and favorite passtime (genealogy) into a career as a genetic genealogist. Angie has an in-depth working knowledge of the laboratory procedures and used in DNA testing along with a firm understanding of genetic inheritance, which is key to using DNA as a genealogical research tool. Angie has particular expertise with using autosomal DNA testing results to answer questions of kinship and identity - whether those questions are of recent unknown parentage or more distant relationships. Angie regularly consults with many of the professional genealogy firms in the Salt Lake area, and does a weekly Google Hangout on understanding DNA results with DearMyrtle. As a result of these weekly meetings, she has recently begun a DNA interest group, and is using the power of the internet to share these meetings with a broad audience.
Angie serves on the Board of Directors for the National Genealogical Society as the Director of Region 1 and the head of the Genetic Genealogy Committee. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Utah Genealogical Association and the International Society of Genetic Genealogists. She is very active in various online forums and communities in providing advice for those seeking to understand how to apply their DNA test results to their genealogical research questions.
Began researching personally in 1998 while living in California. Have engaged in signifcant research travel in SC, KY, MS, LA, NY, NJ, PA. Launched The Who Hunter in 2012 while living in New York. Significant client work has also included OH, IL, CT. Member of the research team for Genalogy Roadshow Season Two. Currently Director and Education Committee Chair for Federation of Genealogical Societies. Have served in society leadership positions locally, most recently as Interim Editor of the Low Country Courier. ProGen 19 Alumna. Completed Advanced Genealogical Method at SLIG2015. Graduate of Rutgers University, BS in Biology, Chemistry minor.
Linda Coffin stands carefully between the worlds of genealogy and personal history, believing that they are two sides of the same coin. Each field brings depth and interest to the other.
Self-employed since 1985, Linda has conducted genealogy research for more than thirty years and has worked as a personal historian for twelve years. She has extensive experience working with clients in publication design, genealogy research, memoir work, and family history. She has given presentations on these topics and others for many years, at the local, county, state, and national levels.
Linda is a tenth-generation Quaker. She has conducted extensive research in a variety of Quaker records nationwide, in preparation for publishing her own book on the history of Quakers in Minnesota.
In 2014, Linda was presented with the Minnesota Genealogy Ambassador Award, for "representing Minnesota on the national genealogy scene and bringing honor to Minnesota genealogy."
Since 2012, Linda has been Executive Director of the Association of Personal Historians, the international trade association for those who work with clients to preserve and share their stories as memoirs, community histories, videobiographies, and oral histories.
Lisa owns Genealogy Gems, a genealogy media company, and hosts The Genealogy Gems Podcast. She’s the author of 4 books, video producer, international speaker, and regular contributor to Family Tree Magazine.
Deena Coutant is a professional genealogist who uses modern technology to facilitate successful search, storage and sharing strategies for family historians in the digital age. She is passionate about knowledge-sharing by authoring various genealogy guides and teaching locally and at national conferences. She currently serves on numerous genealogical society boards in roles focusing on education and communication.
Deena combined her past background and work experiences in marketing, human resources, project management and information lifecycle governance to offer a unique blend of services to the genealogy industry through her company DigiDeena Consulting. She provides professional services that combine genealogy and technology to uncover and celebrate the stories of generations past, including client research, DNA results interpretation, photo organization and digitization, and family tree design and debugging. Deena currently resides in colorful Colorado with her family and dogs.
Billie Fogarty is a full-time professional genealogist with an office in Oklahoma City. She offers a variety of genealogical research services from traditional family histories to Native American research to lineage society applications to finding distant relatives and heirs. She uses her background as a history teacher to place the family genealogy in the context of time and place for clients.
Billie’s education background led her to share her genealogy knowledge and experience with others by teaching genealogy classes, mostly to adults in continuing education and technology schools. She has also lectured to genealogical, lineage, and historical societies, libraries, seminars, and conferences around the country. She has been selected to present at national conferences for several years including: National Genealogical Society 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2008; Federation of Genealogical Societies 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012; RootsTech 2015.
She has conducted all-day seminars for regional, state, and local groups including: Iowa Genealogical Society, Central Florida Family History Conference, East Texas Genealogical Society, Oklahoma Genealogical Society, Kansas Genealogical Society, Angelo State University (TX) and Library Friends, Tulsa City-County Library, Van Zandt County (TX) Genealogical Society, DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society, Porter Henderson Library (TX), Dona Ana County (NM) Genealogical Society, Central Arkansas Library System, Cleveland County (OK) Genealogical Society, and others.
Her list of additional groups where she has lectured on genealogical topics includes the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research, Family Tree University, Virtual Institute for Genealogical Research, Southern California Genealogical Society, Oklahoma Genealogical Society, Oklahoma Historical Society, Ancestry Day in Oklahoma, genealogical societies in Oklahoma counties too numerous to mention, numerous chapters of Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, Daughters of the War of 1812, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and other lineage societies. She regularly appeared on a local television station to discuss genealogical research and has taped lectures for the online courses at FamilySearch.org.
Billie has contributed time to the field of genealogy by serving on the Boards of Directors for the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, Oklahoma Genealogical Society, Oklahoma Historical Society, and Executive Committee for the Oklahoma Historical Society. She served the Genealogical Speakers Guild as President for four years and Oklahoma Genealogical Society as President for seven years. She has volunteered numerous hours to each of these groups on various committees and projects.
A life-long learner, she has continued to pursue knowledge about genealogical research attending intense learning programs such as Advanced Genealogical Methods, Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, Principles of Forensic Genealogy, Forensic Genealogy, Advanced Forensic Genealogy, Military Research II and III, Genealogy as a Profession, National Institute on Genealogical Research at such places as Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University, the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy in Salt Lake, and the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Jane Haldeman grew up in Iowa and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in Theater Arts. She spent 12 years working as a stagehand for NBC, WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Her passion for genealogy began in 8th grade with a school assignment. Her other passion is technology which lead her into theater as a stagehand. Today she has blended her love of family history and technology and shares that love with others.
Jane is President of Illinois State Genealogical Society, immediate Past President of Fox Valley Genealogical Society in Naperville, Illinois, past Design and Technical Editor for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly Journal, and Past Registrar Fort Payne Chapter, NSDAR. Ms Haldeman is owner of “It’s Relative” a genealogical service business providing lectures, classes and research in the Chicagoland area.
She has been lecturing in the Chicagoland area including parts of Wisconsin and Indiana since 2008. She was a speaker for RootsTech 2013, the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2011 Conference in Springfield, Illinois and the Illinois State Genealogical Society 2010 Fall Conference. Jane also was the instructor for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Youth Workshop in 2012.
Cyndi is the creator, owner and “webmaster” of the award-winning web site Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, www.CyndisList.com, a categorized index to more than 333,000 online resources. In its first three years, Cyndi’s List was three times voted the best genealogy site on the World Wide Web. It helps millions of visitors worldwide each month and has been featured in the media and diverse publications, including ABC News, NBC News, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, Wired, Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines. Cyndi has been interviewed for many television and radio broadcasts including ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, and National Public Radio. She has also participated in the Ancestors II television series on PBS.
Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 354 years, is a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is an internationally known guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings and seminars (http://www.CyndisList.com/speaking-calendar/). She has lectured for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, GENTECH, Brigham Young University, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, the Washington Library Association, the Florida Library Association, the American Library Association and numerous local genealogical societies in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Cyndi has authored numerous articles and three books. Before her life on the Internet, Cyndi worked as an international banker specializing in foreign exchange and computer networks. Cyndi, her son, Evan, and two Boston Terriers live in Edgewood, Washington.
Jordan Jones has been President of NGS since 2012, and is the 2011 recipient of the Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. Prize. He has been a genealogist since 1973, a book publisher since 1987, and a website developer since 1995.
Thomas Jones is an award-winning author, editor, and educator, He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is author of Mastering Genealogical Proof.
Jones has lectured at NGS conferences in 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2003–14; FGS conferences in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2005–114; the Samford University Institute on Genealogical and Historical Research since 2005; the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in 2003, 2006–7, and 2009–15; and the APG Professional Management Conference in 2000, 2007–8, and 2013. He teaches in the Boston University genealogical research certificate program. Since 1998 he has given hundreds of genealogical lectures at ethnic, family, hereditary, local, national, professional, provincial, regional, and state genealogical society gatherings in Canada, Israel, and throughout the United States. He is known for substantial presentations that benefit researchers of all levels.
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana surrounded by extended family always willing to tell tall tales. Intrigued by his maternal family’s claim to be kinfolk of Abraham Lincoln, and his paternal family’s stories of murder and mayhem, he took to genealogical research in 1980 to substantiate these family stories.
Genealogical research as a hobby was in its infancy in the 1980s. Combing libraries, archives, cemeteries and courthouses as a teenager, Michael gained the skills needed to become a keen researcher. His first major challenge in the world of research was tackled by finding his adopted mother’s birthparents in 1982. You can read about this adventure at his blog at Roots4U.blogspot.com with some engaging story-telling, plot twists and new findings!
Although a budding genealogist in the 1980s, Michael completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991, while still spending time honing his research skills. As befitting a doctor, Michael treats his genealogical research as he would medicine – carefully, methodically and completely. Several genealogical journal articles and publications appeared along the way. In 2013, Michael retired from his medical career to pursue genealogical research full-time as a profession.He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has helped numerous people in their quests to locate their relatives – living and dead. He appeared in USA Today in 2000 discussing genealogy and the proposed destruction of the federal census tabulated in that year. His national lecturing began in Sacramento, CA, at the National Genealogical Society’s national conference in 2004, and has continued with several local, state, national, and international conference speaking engagements to this present day.
Michaels interests and strengths include Mennonite research, German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America, among many other topics. He makes many trips throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states chasing ancestors in primary repositories, and also devotes a considerable amount of time to European research, being proficient in reading German script. Having ancestors from many geographic locales as well as immigrants spanning the 17th century to the 20th century, Michael has a wide variety of proficiencies. He believes that as genealogists we should tell the tales or our ancestors and is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.
In addition to his story-telling and educational blog, Michael’s presence can be found online at www.Roots4U.com, or for more up-to-date lecture and research information, at his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Roots4U.
J. Mark Lowe is a full-time professional researcher and educator, teaching at SLIG, IGHR, or at your local society. Mark also researches for clients including Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives, or the Biography Channel’s UneXplained.
What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.
Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”
Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.
Donna is a former Regional Sales Manager for Apple Computer and has attended multiple NGS, FGS Conferences and participated in the Irish Genealogical Congress in 1997 and 2001. She received a Certificate from the National Institute on Genealogical Research in 1999 (taught the Census class at NIGR in 2004) and the Salt Lake Institute (Irish) in 2004. She attended IGHR at Samford and taught a portion of the Irish class in 2011. She taught Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors for the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research in 2015. Donna is a member of NGS, APG, and other local and international genealogical societies and was Coordinator for the APG Professional Management Conference, and Treasurer of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. In addition, she served as President of the Middlesex Genealogical Society, founder of the Lakewood Ranch Genealogy Club. She has taken groups to Ireland in 2012 through 2014 to research in Dublin and Belfast.
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, a western Pennsylvania researcher for over 25 years, is the co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Professional Genealogy Course Coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University. She is an instructor for Boston Universitys Genealogical Research Certificate online program. She was the course co-coordinator of the AG/CG Preparation Course at the 2010 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is a regional and national speaker on such topics as Pennsylvania records, methodology, professional development, and society management.She was honored in May 2010 with the NGS Presidents Citation in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy. She was a Director for the Association of Professional Genealogists for six years; taught genealogy courses at the local community college for fourteen years; co-edited a cemetery book series and appeared on the PBS-TV show ANCESTORS2 cemetery episode. She is Past-President and a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and past Outreach Committee Chairperson. She is a past-President of two local Pittsburgh area societies and a contributing author to many publications including the APG Quarterly.An NSDAR member, she is also a lifetime member of the Ohio Genealogical Society; the Medina County Chapter, OGS; and the Baltzer Meyer Historical Society (Greensburg, PA) which was named for her ancestor.
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. A Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications. On the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and Boston University’s Center for Professional Education, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist℠ and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠. Her blog – chosen as one of the American Bar Association’s top 100 in 2013 and 2014 – appears at The Legal Genealogist website (http://www.legalgenealogist.com).
Currently a Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan with an emphasis on genealogy and local history, Kris previously worked for 12 years at the Library of Michigan as the Michigan/Genealogy Coordinator. He holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University, a Master of Arts in History from Western Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan. Kris has presented at national, state, and local conferences, including the Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, Public Library Association, Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan Library Association, and for dozens of local genealogical societies. In addition, he is the Vice-President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and a Past President of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society. His memberships also include the Association of Professional Genealogists, Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan, Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, and Historical Society of Michigan.
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a professional researcher, educator, author, and lecturer. She has developed, coordinated, and taught the Methods and Sources course at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research since 2007. She also co-coordinates and teaches in the Researching in Washington, DC, without Leaving Home and the advanced land course at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the advanced land course at Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She has taught in Boston University’s Professional Certificate Program in Genealogy, and she developed an NGS self-paced Social Security course for family historians. Pam is a board member of the Utah Genealogical Association, former NGS director of education and publications, a former board member of NGS and FGS, co-author of Online Roots: How to Discover Your Familys History and Heritage with the Power of the Internet (2003) and Research in Missouri (1999, 2007), former FGS FORUM Digitools columnist, and a former editor of APGQ. She is a popular seminar presenter who has spoken at genealogy conferences and seminars nationwide and on international cruises.
Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA is the author of The ‘Lost Pensions’: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838 (Revised) and Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14 (Revised). He has authored seventeen books and several articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Family Chronicle and other genealogical publications. He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 5,300 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He was the Clan Scott Genealogist (1985 – 2000). He is a member of the Company of Military Historians on the editorial board of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is a Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. A faculty member for several years of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and recently the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh. He is the coordinator for the 2nd Annual Heritage Books Genealogical Conference and Cruise. He was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr. Award in 2008 and UGA Silver Tray Award in 2009. He became a Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association in 2014.
Ann Staley, CG, CGL, is an instructor, consultant, trip leader and a lecturer. She is kept busy as the Education Chairman and Webmaster for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc.; the Secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and as a Trustee of the Florida State Genealogical Society. She has been an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 2000.
Ann is also the compiler of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. Quarterly Full Name Index, Volumes 1 through 4, 1973 through 1976 and is the author of several articles for the NGS Magazine.
She has studied at the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) in Washington, D.C.; the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has also been a faculty member of the IGHR.
Her specialties are Methodology, Research Sources, Computer Resources, Vital Records and their Sources, Conference Planning and Assisted Research Trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT.
Ann is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, Florida State Genealogical Society, and the Jacksonville [FL] Genealogical Society, Inc. She is also the NGS 2016 Conference Chair for the conference to be held in Fort Lauderale, FL.
Paula is a professional genealogist specializing in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. Her specialties include unusual records, problem solving, research planning, consultations, and work at major repositories. Her research and consultations for individuals, law firms, and tribes seeking Native American records and advice has taken her to many states, courthouses, archives, historical societies, and libraries.
She likes her presentations to be interactive and leave the audiences with specific tasks, reminders, and a need to immediately research. Her individual consultations provide researchers with a plan, a realization of the value of work already accomplished, and a desire to be successful in the research.
Each lecture and accompanying handout material is updated prior to each presentation. She is accessible for questions at her presentations and enjoys discussing genealogy with the participants throughout the event day. The visuals and the handout material reflect research in a wide variety of locales. Her research represents ancestors and collateral relatives in just about every state and in 8 other countries.
She is the intermediate Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and teaches in other courses at both institutes. She has lectured at National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences since 1993, and in many states and Canada on a variety of topics including Native American research.
She is a firm believer in continuing education in genealogy and strives to keep up-to-date by participating in national and local conferences, reading the publications of many genealogical and historical organizations and individuals both off and online.
A former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Past President of the Northland Chapter of APG, and former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, she serves on the Board of Directors of FGS. She co-chaired the FGS 2001, 2011, and 2013 conferences. Among the publications she has written for are the former Ancestry Magazine, FGS FORUM, NGS Magazine, NGSQ, FamilyTree Magazine, and was co-author of Your Guide to the Family History Library. She currently has her own website and blog at GenealogybyPaula.com
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. A professional genealogist and frequent speaker at national and regional family history events, Joshua has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? (US) and is the former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). He holds an MA (History) and MLS (Archival Management) from Simmons College. Currently, he is the co-host of the popular PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow.
Melissa C. Tennant, MLS began her career as a genealogy librarian in Tampa, Florida in 2001. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She previously supervised the History & Genealogy Collection for the Hillsborough County Public Library in Florida, which included managing the collection, programs, and services at the downtown facility and two satellite branch locations and was an adjunct instructor for the University of South Florida’s MLS program, teaching "Introduction to Genealogical Research" from 2006-2007.
Melissa pursued her interest in genealogy instruction and joined the staff of The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2007, where she co-coordinates the programs and seminars held by The Center and focuses on southeastern United States research and the use of emerging technologies in genealogy. She has presented at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, Indiana Genealogical Society Conference, and Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Melissa was promoted to Assistant Manager of Public Services in 2012 and currently serves as Vice-President of Administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies.