Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spring Conference 2011: Speaker & Consultants Bios




ANNUAL GENEALOGY CONFERENCE AND GENEALOGY EXPO
Putting the Pieces Together

Friday, March 25, 4:00 to 8:30 pm and
Saturday March 26, 2010, 9:00am to 4:30pm
Marriott Fairfax Hotel at Fair Oaks Mall
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, VA 22033  (Near the intersection of Route 50 and I-66)
Entrance to the vendor area is free and open to the general public.

REGISTRATION: http://fxgsconf2011.eventbrite.com  

Conference Speakers and Consultants Bios

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS’ AND CONSULTANTS’ BIOGRAPHIES

WARREN BITTNER, CG 
Warren Bittner, CG, is a genealogical researcher and lecturer, with twenty-five years of research experience.  His master’s thesis at Brigham Young University looked at the social factors affecting illegitimacy in nineteenth-century Bavaria, which is the subject of one of his presentations at this conference.  He is the owner of Ancestors Lost and Found, a small genealogical research firm.  For six years he was the German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and before that was the coordinator of third-party indexing projects.  He has also worked as a Reference Consultant at the Family History Library on both the U.S. and International reference counters. He has done research in more than fifty German archives and in more than forty U.S. archives and record repositories.  He is also fluent in Mandarin.
                                                                                                             
In 2010 he was assistant director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and he is a former member of the board of directors for Utah Genealogical Association.  He is a frequent lecturer at genealogical conferences around the county.  He made several appearances on the PBS television series, Ancestors 2, and has written articles for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.  

JENNIFER PATTERSON DONDERO
An avid genealogist for over twenty years, Jennifer has been a professional genealogist since 2005.  She first began working as a full-time professional in the Genealogy Department of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  In 2008 she left the DAR to start her own company, J.P. Dondero Genealogy.

Jennifer’s professional specialties include lineage applications, southern research, and National Archives Records.  She enjoys teaching and writing as well as researching and lecturing.  She is a 2008 graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR).  She has also attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) three times since 2005 and is looking forward to attending again this June.

Jennifer has previously served FxGS in the roles of 1st Vice President for Programs (2009-2010), Education Chair (2007-2009), and the co-coordinator of the Technology Special Interest Group (2006-2011).  Her biography and education experience are available on her website, www.jpgenealogy.com 

LESLIE ALBRECHT HUBER
Leslie Albrecht Huber is an award-winning freelance writer and speaker.  She has written over one hundred articles that have appeared in more than twenty different publications including magazines such as The History Channel Magazine,  Ancestry, Family Tree Magazine,  and scholarly journals such as The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly and The Journal of Mormon History.  Leslie has given dozens of lectures to genealogy and history groups and at conferences throughout New England and beyond.

Leslie’s first book, The Journey Takers, was published this past summer, and is the subject of one of her presentations at this conference. The book, which tells the experiences of the Western European immigrants, represents thousands of hours of research in libraries and archives across the country and the world.  She has spoken about The Journey Takers and about genealogical research on Good Morning America, NBC-15, Northeast Public Radio, Genealogy Gems Podcast, and other places.

Leslie has worked as a professional genealogist, tracing German families, both for a large company and through her own business.  For more information on tracing immigrant ancestors, visit Leslie’s website at www.understandingyourancestors.com.  You can also read about new tips and new adventures at her recently launched blog: www.thejourneytakers.blogspot.com.




CHARLES S. “CHUCK” MASON, JR., CG
Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr. is a Certified Genealogist, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records.  In 1994, he completed the NGS home study course and has been an instructor for the course for more than 10 years.  He is a Past President of both the Fairfax and the Mount Vernon Genealogical Societies.

Chuck is a 1996 and 2001 graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) and is the Past President of the NIGR Alumni Association.  He is a former Vice President of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG and a former director of the Northern Virginia Association for History.

In addition to his many volunteer activities, Chuck teaches genealogy classes for the Fairfax County Adult Education program and lectures at many genealogical societies and conferences both in the Washington DC area and throughout the nation.  Chuck is a frequent contributor to the National Genealogical Society Magazine and is a co-host of Tracing Your Family Roots (http://tracingroots.nova.org/) at Fairfax Cable Television Channel 10.  In July 2009 he received the Distinguished Service Award from NGS and the MVGS Sustained Service Award in 2010.

SABRINA PETERSEN
Sabrina is a professional genealogist who has recently contributed works to Ancestry Magazine.  Her lectures are part of the “Know Your Records” series at the National Archives in D.C. and College Park.  She just completed the Modern Archives Institute (held by the National Archives and Library of Congress), as well as National Institute for Genealogical Research, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University, and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Currently, Sabrina works in Silver Spring, MD, as Director of Global Imaging for Ancestry.com.  Her areas of expertise include Mid-West research (especially the Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri corridor), NARA research, and online research.

DAVID DILTS, AG®
David is an accredited genealogist in LDS Records and German research.  He is a Senior Reference Consultant in U.S. Reference at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  He has served in ICAPGen and the Utah Genealogical Association.  Recent presentations have been at Brigham Young University in Computerized Genealogy, FGS, NGS, UGA, Fresno CA, San Jose CA, Mesa, AZ, Grand Junction CO. 

DearMYRTLE
(aka PAT RICHLEY- ERICKSON)
DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson.  She is the author of the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog (www.DearMYRTLE.com), rated in the top 5 blogs internationally.  

Beginning in 1995, DearMYRTLE's Daily Genealogy Column appeared in the Golden Gate Genealogy Forum on AOL until AOL folded the forum in Sept 2003.  DearMYRTLE.com debuted in 1999 as a place to archive special columns for access by anyone on the net.  Myrt's The Everything Online Genealogy Book debuted in November 2000, followed by DearMYRTLE's Joy of Genealogy in 2006.  Myrt has written numerous magazine articles, published in Heritage Quest Magazine and Everton's Genealogical Helper.  She wrote the chapter on church records for Family Chronicle's Introduction to Genealogy. In March 2003, Myrt began her series of "little books", including Getting Started with Your Family History and Internet Research:  Top 20 Things to Do Online.

ROBERT DOUGLAS McLAREN
While always interested in his ancestry, Bob really started his genealogical pursuits in 1976.  In 1994, Bob became a professional genealogist.  He is the Clan Genealogist for the Clan MacLaren Society of North America and the Clan MacLaren Society (based in Scotland).  He has done extensive research in the on-line Scottish records.  Bob is the Project Administrator for the Clan MacLaren Surname DNA Project – one of the largest in the world with over 500 members as of February 2011.  DNA has proved to be extremely useful, showing relationships that were not known and disproving “proven” relationships.  Bob has given talks on a number of genealogical topics with the more recent talks being on using DNA in genealogy.  While Bob is not one of our speakers at the conference, he will be offering consultations on Scottish ancestry and DNA.

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