Speakers – 4th We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference

Our 4th We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference took place September 23-25, 2022. Here you will find more information about our speakers. You can register for a pass to watch the recordings here: Get A Pass Conference

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 >>

Nefi Arenas

Nefi is a full-time genealogy researcher based in Toluca, Mexico. He specializes in finding Jewish ancestors in Colonial Mexico. He was born in Mexico City, graduated from BYU Idaho and founded Parentum Genealogy Services. He is an APG board member, and has presented for Roots Tech. Read More >>

Eleanor Brinsko

Eleanor Brinsko is a professional genealogist who does European-American genealogy and specializes in Scandinavian-American genealogy by looking at genealogical and social trends on both sides of the Atlantic. Eleanor has given lectures for the Wisconsin Historical Society and public libraries, genealogical societies, and family reunions. Read More >>

Sara Cochran

Sara is a professional genealogist with over twenty-five years of research experience. Her research has taken her into nearly every State in the USA, Ireland, and Britain. She holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate, a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science, and is an alumnus of the ProGen Study Group. Read More >>

Arturo Cuellar

Born and raised in Mexico, Arturo is a genealogical researcher with more than 30 years of research experience. Arturo is an Accredited Genealogist (A.G.®) in Mexico. He works at the Family History Library as a Latin America Research Specialist since 2010. Read More >>

John P. Schmal

John P. Schmal is an historian, genealogist, and lecturer. He specializes in the genealogical research and Indigenous history of several Mexican states. He is also the author of several books, including Mexican‐American Genealogical Research: Following the Paper Trail to Mexico (Heritage Books, 2002) and The Journey to Latino Political Representation (Heritage Books, 2007). He manages... Read More >>

Ada Luque Nelson

Ada Luque Nelson

I am a native of Panama and a professional genealogist specializing in Latin American research. I have 20+ years of experience tracing my multi-ethnic roots and helping other Hispanics discover theirs. I am a former FamilySearch Library volunteer, a seasoned conference presenter, and Vice-President of the Hispanic Heritage Project. Read More >>

Shaunese Luthy

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University in 2018. My research is focused in the: Dakotas Regions, Central Plain Regions, Midwest/Great Lake Regions, and Mountain West Region. I am the owner of Untangle Your Roots, specializing in client research, presentations and life stories. Read More >>

Christine Cohen

I am a long time member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), and have served in many capacities, including President. In addition to WAGS, I’m also a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the DAR, the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames and Association of Professional Genealogists. Read More >>

Seema Kenney

Seema is an experienced software instructor and a professional genealogist. Her known roots are in New England, England, Germany, and Sweden, with DNA adding The Netherlands. She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from BU, completed ProGen and is an active member and officer of several societies. Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Erica Peña-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 >>

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 >>

Vincenzo Alfano

Vincenzo Alfano holds a Ph.D. in Economics and is a genealogy enthusiast. He works on his own tree for more than twenty years and has done several genealogical research in three different countries. He applies his math and statistic modeling skills to the genealogical problem. Read More >>

Carlos Yturralde

Carlos Yturralde is founder and President of Hispanic Heritage Project (HHP), a past board member of SHAAR and of the GSHA-Southern California Chapter. For the last 25 years, he has been negotiating with Mexican government and church leaders to digitize their colonial archives to make them accessible to the public. 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 >>

Richard Hill

Richard Hill was the first adoptee to identify his birth family through genetic genealogy DNA testing. He shared his story in an award-winning book, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA." He has founded two websites on the subject of DNA testing, most recently DNAFavorites.com. 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 >>

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