Speakers – 5th We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference

Our 5th We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference will take place March 22-24, 2023. Here you will find more information about our speakers. You can register here: Buy Conference Pass

Ryan Jordan

I currently teach U.S. history online at National University in La Jolla, CA and have previously taught at Lafayette College, UC San Diego, and the University of San Diego. I am currently completing the accreditation program with ICAP Gen in the Mexico Region. Read More >>

Kate Townsend

Kate previously worked as an investigator in Corporate America where she investigated the living. She now investigates the dead as a genealogist. She is the co-program chair of the North Hills Genealogists, and the Vice-Chair of the NGS Delegate Council. Read More >>

Moises Garza

Moises Garza

Moises Garza is the founder of We Are Cousins and Las Villas del Norte Genealogy Group. He is also the author of over 40 publications and the popular book series Last Names of Nuevo Leon. He is also the creator of the Mexican Genealogy blog and the many Facebook groups that form part of the Mexican Genealogy Network. Read More >>

Cynthia Rodriguez

Cynthia Valdez - Rodriguez is a Family Historian, genealogist, and host of Hispanic Genealogy Talk podcast. Her background includes her famous brothers Luis Valdez, Director and writer of such famous movies as La Bamba and Zoot Suit and her brother Daniel Valdez, known for his work with Linda Ronstadt. Read More >>

Esther Camacho

Esther Camacho is a south Texas librarian, genealogist, and historical researcher. She has done historical and genealogical presentations to various organizations, genealogical groups, and state conferences. She is an active member of the Hidalgo County Historical Commission. Her primary focus is genealogy, local history, and cemetery research. Read More >>

Estevan Rael-Galvez

Anthropologist and historian, Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez is the Executive Director of Native Bound Unbound: Archive of the Indigenous Enslaved. He has served as the former Senior Vice President at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, ED of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and as the state historian of NM. Read More >>

Dee Pavey

Dee has been a genealogist for more than thirty years. She has two B.A.'s (History and Sustainability) and is currently in the graduate program at Indiana University working toward an M.A. in History. Read More >>

Jennifer (Jenny) Warner

I have been doing genealogy research for 42 years. I’m a member of many Genealogical and Lineage Societies on local, state and national levels. I’m the current President of the DuPage County Genealogical Society (IL), and I’m a Genealogical/History Speaker, I speak on many topics. Read More >>

Alma Rodriguez

Alma P. Rodriguez is an educator, speaker and author. She was born in San Antonio, then was raised in Minnesota until age 7. Thereafter, she returned to San Antonio and was educated at David Crockett Elementary and Thomas Jefferson High [both architectural wonders]. Alma received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and... Read More >>

Roslyn Torella

Roslyn Torella specializes in Italian and immigrant genealogy and telling ancestors’ stories through social history. She lectures on genealogy for local societies, at conferences and for social history interest groups; conducts workshops and has written a monthly Italian genealogy column for La Gazzetta Italiana. Read More >>

Jean Wilcox Hibben

Jean Wilcox Hibben is a National speaker/author. A Member: NGS, APG, DAR. Retired speech professor with Doctorate in Folklore; Masters in Speech and has a DBA as Circlemending.org. She is also a columnist “Aunty Jeff,” Jefferson County, NY Gen. Soc. bi-monthly publication. President of the Corona Genealogical Society and Past-president: So. Cal. Chapter, APG. She is also... Read More >>

Laurie Castillo

1st VP Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group; Former VP/Executive Secretary and Board Member, Utah Genealogical Association; BYU FHL consultant & teacher 28+ years; Professional researcher, writer 30+ years; Former Utah State DAR Officer; Instructor: RootsTech 2015-2020, BYU Family History Conference 2014-2019; FamilyRoots Conference 2020; local and regional conferences. Read More >>

Zbigniew Stettner

I have over 10 years of experience in research in Eastern Europe (Poland, Western Ukraine, Belarus). I work as a guide for people looking for their roots (PolishGen). I also search for heir and for documents needed for confirmation of Polish citizenship. I spoke at international conferences and prepared webinars. Read More >>

Melissa Barker

Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Professional Genealogist. She is affectionately known as The Archive Lady. She lectures, teaches, and writes about researching in archives in the U.S. and Canada. She has been researching her own family history for 32 years. Read More >>

Leslie Carney

Leslie Carney, living in Tucson, Arizona is a Professional Genealogist, Researcher, and Speaker. With over 25 years experience in genealogy and family history research. Specializing in Southwestern United States and Sonora, Mexico. She holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. Read More >>

Lianne Kruger

Lianne combines her knowledge of technology with her knowledge of genealogy to help others research their family. She has written articles for Ancestry, BYU and FamilySearch, and spoken in Canada, Britain, Utah including RootsTech, and webinars for AGS, BIFHSGO, NGS, Legacy FamilyTree, Ontario Ancestors, Surname Society, Vivid-Pix and VGS. Read More >>

Stephanie O'Connell

Stephanie O'Connell is a professional Certified Genealogist®. She researches, lectures and writes for publications, with an expertise Irish records, historical context, research methodology, and tracing elusive female ancestors. Read More >>

Zachary Hamilton

Zachary Hamilton is the owner of Briick Family Research and a specialist in Souther research and military records. He has been a contractor for leading genealogy companies, including Ancestry.com. He is a speaker at regional conferences, past contributor to WDYTYA?, and serves on the board of the Utah Genealogical Association. Read More >>

Penny Walters

Dr. Penny Walters has been a University lecturer for 30 years, teaching Psychology and Business Studies. Penny lectures internationally in-person, writes articles, and is sought after for a wide range of webinar topics. Penny has authored the books: 'Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy' and ‘The Psychology of Searching.’ Read More >>

Jose Ruben Riojas

Jose Ruben Riojas lives in Mexico and is passionate about his country and family´s history. He has spent over 25 years researching and teaching; as a faculty and researcher at the University of Monterey. His origin is deeply rooted in Coahuila and Nuevo León, states that he loves and has known since his childhood. Read More >>

Erica Peña-Vest

Erica Pena-Vest

Erica Peña-Vest has been working in public relations for over 20 years. Having recently researched her family genealogy for her Master's Thesis, Erica is now specializes in genealogical tourism and continues to delve into her Spanish/Tejana roots. She hosts the podcast "The Endless Search" which focuses on family genealogy research. Read More >>

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Dardashti is a journalist and genealogist, an award-winning pioneer Jewish genealogy columnist/blogger; founder, Tracing the Tribe – Jewish Genealogy on Facebook (55,500+ members in 101 countries); founding member, Sephardic Heritage Institute NM; board member, Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies; speaker, Road Scholar... Read More >>

Key Note Speaker

Colleen Robledo Greene

Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS, is an academic librarian and college educator. She is a nationally recognized speaker specializing in Mexican and Hispanic research, methodology, libraries and archives, and technology. She also teaches a graduate-level genealogy university course. Colleen has been researching her family history since 1997. Read More >>

Past Speakers

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