Speakers – 3rd We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference

Our 3rd We Are Cousins Virtual Genealogy Conference took place March 23-25, 2022. Here you will find more information about our speakers. You can register here: Buy Pass To View Recordings

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Ricky Reyes

Mr. Ricky D. Reyes RA, is a Texas Registered Architect and Retired Multi-million Construction Project Manager. Continuing his Native American family roots as Mestizo Shaman (Curandero) & Herbalist, has authored “Texas First: Prayer - The Four Directions Prayer.” As Historian, mastered Genealogy, Archeology, Anthropology, Ethnology and Astronomy. Artisian in: Metal Sculpture, Film Director / Producer and... 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

Born in the Isthmus of Panama, a Hispanic country with strong international ties, I have spent 20+ years tracing my multi-ethnic roots to neighboring countries and all the way back to Spain. A dedicated genealogy volunteer and conference presenter, I’m delighted to help others discover their Hispanic roots and heritage. 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 Bilingual Education from UTSA. 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 >>

Joy Oria

Houston native Joy Oria has been a librarian at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research since 2015. She completed the SLIG course Advanced Hispanic Research in 2020 and has been researching for over ten years. She is currently transcribing padrones for the Sahuayo area of Michoacán, Mexico. 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 >>

Esther Camacho

Esther Camacho, MLS, is a professional librarian, genealogist, and researcher and has presented in genealogy conferences and webinars in the US. She is a member of the Texas State Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogist. She specializes in Texas and Mexico research and genealogy, and cemetery research. Read More >>

Jean Wilcox Hibben

Jean 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 a former director of Corona, CA FHC. 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 >>

Lisa Medina

Lisa Medina is a devoted genealogist and enthusiastic lecturer with experience researching North American and Mexican genealogy. When not chasing down the stories of ancestors, Lisa is a mother of two and a busy Director of Admissions and Registrar at a California State University. 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 >>

Irma Salinas Holtkamp

Irma Salinas Holtkamp is a retired professional librarian who has researched her family roots in Texas and Mexico for 40+ years. Her research experience precedes the advent of online genealogy. She has been an Ancestry subscriber since 1999 and has extensive experience using a variety of records from many countries. 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 >>

Past Speakers

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