Stillagaumish Valley Genealogical Society

2018 Genealogy Conference Speakers

Beth Foulk discovered her love of genealogy from her father. And has for decades enjoyed the pursuit of family history and stories. For more than seven years she has shared this passion through her presentations at genealogy conferences. Her focus is Early American History - anything after the Civil War is just to modern! She is a member of the Genealogy Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Some of her more recent engagements include:
Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series - 2015
GenealogyKC – 2014
Keynote Speaker Ontario Genealogy Society – 2014
Webinar Series Speaker Minnesota State Genealogy Society Spring Conference – 2014
Speaker National Archives – Kansas City – 2013, 2014
Speaker Iowa State Genealogy Society – 2013
Keynote Speaker Nebraska State Genealogy Society – 2013
Featured Speaker Missouri State Genealogy Society – 2013, 2012
Speaker Midwest Genealogy Center Annual Conference - 2012, 2013
Kansas Ancestor Fair – 2013
Speaker Southern California Genealogy Society – 2013
Webinar Series Speaker
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family's history has never left her, for she vividly remembers interviewing her grandparents, all of whom were born in the 1800's. She felt when she touched their hands, she was touching history. With her experience serving as a Family History Director, she frequently speaks at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. Some of those would include The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies. It was over fifteen years ago that she felt to further her knowledge and become Accredited. Her area of expertise is the mid-South, where every one of her ancestors planted their roots. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, which are also available on and, and is an instructor at Ancestry Academy. She has recently been asked to be part of the GenealogyDotCoach consulting team.
CeCe Moore is an independent professional genetic genealogist and media consultant who is considered an innovator in the use of DNA for genealogy and unknown parentage research. She has been the genetic genealogy expert and scriptwriter for the PBS Television documentary series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. since 2013. She is the founder of The DNA Detectives, the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and, as a leading educator in her field, she is an instructor for a number of courses and conferences throughout North America.
CeCe collaborates regularly with ABC's 20/20, showcasing her cutting-edge work reuniting individuals of unknown parentage with biological relatives through genetic genealogy. She has also appeared as a genetic genealogy expert on CBS This Morning, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Sunday Today with Willie Geist, The Doctors and Finding Your Roots.
Amie Bowser Tennant has been passionate about genealogy and family history for the last 18 years. She has served on many local community boards and organizations, especially within her home county in Ohio. Amie began writing when she was the editor of Miami Meanderings, a local newsletter. In 2015, she branched out to accept the position of Lead Content Specialist at Then, in 2016 she began working as a content provider at Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems blog. These opportunities were the catalyst which boosted her career as a national genealogist and speaker today. Now, Amie provides blog and written content for top companies and societies in the genealogy field. Some of her recent publications can be found in the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, NGS Magazine, and Relatively Speaking (Alberta Canada Genealogical Society). Amie is also a contributor to Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Follow her helpful tips in genealogy and family history research at
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Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She grew up in Duquesne, Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Lisa is the author of eleven books, including The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles.  Lisa is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine, and teaches online courses for Family Tree University and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is frequently invited speaker for national conferences, genealogical and historical societies, and webinars. An avid genealogist for more than 27 years, Lisa also chronicles her family history adventures on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist.
I got my starting in family history almost thirty years ago when my dad took me to visit the grave of my great-grandfather. I was hooked. I've spent those years researching my own family and helping others make history a part of their story. I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Vice President of the Michigan Genealogical Council, President of the Hungarian Genealogical Society of Michigan and a member of numerous state and local societies. I have lectured at many conferences and society meetings across the country.
I am married to a remarkably patient woman whose interest in genealogy is increasing. I have six kids at home ages 14 to 2. Which means I'll have a teenager a home from now until 2034. I live with the world's laziest cat who is cooly indifferent to everything. In addition to being a professional researcher, I am a college administrator and professor. I am also currently working on my first novel.
Janice LovelaceJanice Lovelace, Ph.D.
Janice Lovelace, Ph.D., has nearly thirty years of experience in genealogical research as well as academic work in the area (Genealogy and Family History certificate at University of Washington and certificate program in genealogy at Boston University). She frequently presents at international, national and regional genealogy conferences on health and genetics, ethnic minority genealogy, and research methodology. Dr. Lovelace has been a freelance writer since the 1980s and has written a number of articles.

A member of the Seattle Genealogical Society for many years, she most recently served as the SGS Board Vice-President. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, the Ohio Genealogical Society, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and the National Genealogical Society. In her work life, Dr. Lovelace is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been a private practice therapist and a faculty member teaching psychology.
Kathy Meade has been assisting persons with their Swedish research for more than ten years. She is the North American representative for ArkivDigital.  She has given many presentations on Swedish genealogy throughout the country as well as written genealogy articles for the Nordstjernan newspaper. Kathy serves on the advisory board for the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago and volunteers at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library helping patrons with their Swedish research.

In Kathy’s previous life, she worked for more than 20 years in the information technology sector including six years in Sweden and Norway where she learned to read both Swedish and Norwegian. Kathy has a degree in History from the University of San Francisco.
Judy has been researching her family tree from the age of 12, specializing in French-Canadian, Acadian, Native American and Michigan research.  Beginning as a professional genealogist in Europe in 1993, she has lectured at the National Genealogical Society’s conferences, as well as conferences in Europe and around the United States.  She is currently writing a book of the matrilineal descent of her oldest female ancestor in Normandy, France.  Traveling extensively around the world, Judy has visited and researched in the villages and archives of Germany, France, Quebec, and Ontario where her or her husband’s family lived.  Owner of Lineage Journeys, she conducts research for clients and offers presentations in churches, libraries and organizations.

Judy is an international writer, speaker, workshop leader, the Corresponding Secretary for the Oakland County Genealogical Society, a founder of the English-Speaking Genealogists of Europe, NATO Chapter and a former AOL Genealogy Forum leader.  A member of the National Genealogical Society, Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan and many more.
Inspired by the Bicentennial, Lisa began researching her family history at the age of 12. She’s especially enamored with her Luxembourg ancestors. Lisa received her Master of Librarianship degree from the University of Washington (UW), where she is the Head of Public Service and the History of Science and Medicine Curator for Special Collections in the UW Libraries. Lisa has taught online courses aimed at library staff serving genealogists thru the University of Wisconsin's School of Library and Information Studies and the University of Washington's Information School. She also serves on the advisory board for the UW's Genealogy and Family History Certificate program, a certificate she received in 1996. Lisa regularly gives genealogy-related lectures at the UW, Seattle Genealogical Society and around the Puget Sound region. She co-presented Rootless in America – a history of America’s interest in genealogy from colonial times to date – at the Pop Culture Association annual conference in 2016. Lisa chronicles her genealogy adventures on her blog, GeneaGator.

In anticipation of the centennial of the US’ involvement in World War I, Lisa, together with colleague Amber Brock, have been telling the story of over 100 nurses who served in France at a hospital organized by the UW, in addition to the local officers and enlisted personnel who also served there; as well as the UW’s fifty-eight WWI student and alumni casualties. Follow their research as they continue to tell these stories leading up to the 100th anniversary of the Armistice agreement on November 11, 2018, on their blog, Base Hospital 50.
Barbara Randall is a lecturer and writer.  She is originally from Onondaga County, New York but moved to California in 1996.  It was here that she discovered genealogy and her addiction began.  Barbara has been lecturing for several years, primarily in southern California.  She is very active in the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) as a volunteer librarian and leader of the Legacy Family Tree User Group.  She is the co-chair/moderator of the SCGS Jamboree Extension Series Webinar program and speaker chair of the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree conference. Barbara is 1st Vice President of the Southern CA Chapter APG, 2nd Vice President of SCGS and president of the British Isles Family History Society-USA. Barbara is also a member of NGS, NYG & B and NEHGS, among other societies.  She has written for The Searcher, Speak! and the British Isles Family History Society-USA Journal.  She is a DAR volunteer genealogist and chapter registrar. Barbara’s family research has taken her from central New York to Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and across the pond to England, Ireland, Germany, Normandy, Tasmania and Australia and has inspired some of her genealogical study.  She has completed the NGS Home Study Course, two IGHR courses and several National Institute of Genealogical Studies courses. Barbara is a special education coordinator with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Michael L. Strauss, AG is a professional Accredited Genealogist and a national genealogical lecturer. A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah. He has been an avid genealogist for more than 35 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a licensed Private Investigator and qualified expert witness in Supreme Court and Surrogate Court in New York, and New Jersey; Circuit Court in Virginia, and Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. He is an approved Genealogist with the Department of Defense to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. Strauss was the film historian for the Academy Award nominated film "Finding Vivian Maier" which was nominated for the best Documentary in 2015.
Rich is a New Jersey native who now calls Pittsburgh home, with roots in Italy, Ireland, England, Wales, and Prussia. He founded Rich Roots Genealogy in 2013. He was a member of the research team of "Genealogy Roadshow" (PBS) for two seasons, and also consulted on "Follow Your Past" (Travel Channel). Rich specializes in 20th-century immigrant ancestry - both research and records. His main areas of focus include Italian, Irish, Pittsburgh and New Jersey/New York City research. He also assists clients with dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy. He is a proud Italian dual citizen himself. He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and is the outgoing President of North Hills Genealogists in Pittsburgh. He spoke about "How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots" at TEDx Pittsburgh 2017.
Katherine R. Willson is a genealogy lecturer, educator & author from Ann Arbor, MI and is the creator of the "Genealogy on Facebook" list with 10,000+ links to genealogy/history groups and pages on Facebook.  She has taught all levels of genealogy classes for the past 15 years, was a presenter at RootsTech in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (live-streamed) and is publishing a guide to genealogical research in Michigan through IDG (In Depth Genealogist).