Stillagaumish Valley Genealogical Society

2019 Genealogy Conference Speakers

 
 
As one of the most sought after genetic genealogists and internationally recognized educators in the field, Angie Bush combines years of experience in biotech with a passion for genealogical research and a unique ability to solve seemingly impossible cases. Her primary research interests include cases of unknown parentage, such as recent adoption and donor conception; triangulating answers to tough genealogical questions using traditional records and genetic evidence; non-traditional families and the LGBTQ community. Angie is currently Region 1 Director for the National Genealogical Society and chair of its Genetic Genealogy Committee, and a full-time senior genealogist with Ancestry ProGenealogists in Salt Lake City. She is an active player on the national stage, presenting frequently on new trends in genetic genealogy. Behind her passion for research lies the belief that genealogy is an opportunity to connect with people from around the world and to enable them to connect with each other. She enjoys attending conferences and events where she can connect with others who share her passion for genealogy. Angie lives in Sandy, Utah with her husband and two descendants.
 
 
 
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. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at Abundant Genealogy and also runs the popular Genealogy Bargains and DNA Bargains websites!
 
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.
 
 
 
Michael L. Strauss, AG, is a professional Accredited Genealogist and a nationally recognized speaker. A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah, he has been employed as a Forensic Genealogist for 25 years. Strauss has a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is also a qualified expert witness in court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Strauss is a faculty member of IGHR (in Athens, GA), SLIG (in Salt Lake City, UT), and GRIP (in Pittsburgh, PA), and the Course Coordinator for the Military Course at IGHR and the Course Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Course at GRIP. He has been involved in Civil War reenacting for more than 25 years, serving in two units, namely; the 99th New York Infantry and Battery A., 5th U.S. Artillery and most recently the Utah Living History Association.