Speakers – 2018 Virtual Conference

J. Mark Lowe

J. Mark Lowe describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee just north of Nashville near the Kentucky border.

Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years. He serves as the Course Coordinator for ‘Research in the South’ at IGHR (Georgia Genealogial Society) and also directs a Southern course for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including Finding Your Past, African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events.

Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), the Genealogical Speakers’ Guild SPEAK!, The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly and other local society publications. He formerly was the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG). He is the former President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Henrietta Christmas

Henrietta Martinez Christmas, a native New Mexican, a well-known genealogical and historical researcher; she descends from eleven of the soldiers that came with Oñate in 1598.  She has written several books which relate to New Mexico’s small towns and history and over 140 articles mostly about New Mexico’s Colonial Families.   Her latest award winning book ‘Genealogy Checklist’ was published in 2016.  She is a long-time member and the current President of New Mexico Genealogical Society.

Janice Lovelace

Janice Lovelace, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and retired college faculty, has 25+ years of experience in genealogical research as well as academic work in genealogy (Genealogy and Family History certificate at University of Washington, certificate program in genealogy at Boston University, ProGen 18). She presents on ethnic minority research, gender research and health issues. A member of the Seattle Genealogical Society for a number of years, she served as Vice-President in 2014-16. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Afro- American Historical and Genealogical Society and the National Genealogical Society. As a licensed psychologist, she has been a private practice therapist and a higher education faculty member teaching psychology.

Kelvin L. Meyers

A fifth generation Texan and professional genealogist since 1990 and an avid researcher-historian since 1979, he is a frequent speaker to many genealogical societies and family associations throughout the US. He was employed for ten years in the Genealogy Department of the Dallas Public Library. Now, he contracts with attorneys, banks, the US Immigration Service and energy companies, as a forensic genealogist, searching for missing or unknown heirs to estates and oil and gas leases. Kelvin is a 1989 and 1990 alumni of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and has  returned to IGHR as lecturer. In 2016 Kelvin completed the Research in States Guide for Texas, published by the National Genealogical Society. Kelvin is the Director of the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR). He is a founding member and has served on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. Kelvin is the chairman of the history and archives committee of First United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas.

Diane L. Richard

Diane L. Richard is the Principle of Mosaic Research and Project Management (MosaicRPM), www.mosaicrpm.com. She has M.E. and M.B.A. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 professionally focused on the records of North Carolina, neighboring locales and migration paths to the Mississippi River. She has researched NC roots for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? And appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode.

Since 2006 she has authored over 250 articles on genealogy topics for such publications as Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today (was Family Chronicle), NCGS Journal, and local WCGS publications (newsletters and journal). Since 2010 she has been the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society and published over 1200 posts. She is currently editor of the journals for NCGS and WCGS.

She is a member of the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS).

She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) and as a speaker she has done webinars (coast-to-coast), conference presentations (FGS, NGS, TxSGS, FxGS, etc.), workshops, and local meeting programs about the availability and richness of records documenting North Carolinians, genealogical research techniques and tips, under-utilized resource collections and much more.

Debbie Parker Wayne

TxSGS Virtual Conference speaker Debbie Parker Wayne, CGDebbie Parker Wayne, CG(sm), CGL(sm), is a board-certified genealogist and genealogical lecturer experienced using DNA analysis and traditional techniques for genealogical research. Debbie is the co-author with Blaine T. Bettinger of the award-winning DNA workbook, Genetic Genealogy in Practice, published by the National Genealogical Society (NGS). She is the author of the online, self-paced course Continuing Genealogical Studies: Autosomal DNA, offered by NGS. She is the DNA Project Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society and the Early Texans DNA Project. Her publications include a column on using DNA analysis for genealogical research in NGS Magazine. She coordinates and presents workshops, seminars, and comprehensive, interactive genetic genealogy courses at genealogy institutes. See http://debbiewayne.com/ for more information and for archived versions of many of her articles.

Eric Wells

TxSGS Virtual Conference 2018 speaker Eric WellsEric Wells has been active in genealogical research since 2008, previously having been a residential contractor for two decades working on projects across the United States. His latest endeavor, Legacy Left Right, focuses on assisting clients in genealogical research, DNA genealogy, and also organizing and presenting the research in a coherent and publishable format. As well as being active in his local genealogy society, he is also the Education Coordinator for the NextGen Genealogy Network and hosts the live-streamed, interview format show on YouTube called Faces of NextGen Live.

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