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Presenters

Hannah Z. Allan

Hannah, a BYU Family History and Genealogy graduate, is a professional genealogist and consultant. She is the genealogist for the Oregon Historical Society and the Vice Chair of Portland Metro’s Cemetery Advisory Committee. Hannah teaches monthly genealogy workshops at OHS, along with speaking at local and national events, and is the Camp Director for BYU’s my Family History Youth Camp each summer.

Jim Bowden

Jim has been active in family history research for over twenty years. His interest in genealogy blossomed as computer and internet resources became increasingly available. Early retirement in 2003 gave him more time to pursue this passion. He took a hiatus from his family history research for three years (2005-2008) while he served as president of the South Africa Johannesburg Mission. Although not a trained genealogist he enjoys teaching the things he has learned in the genealogy school of trial and error. He and his wife Jane have five children and sixteen grandchildren. They moved to Oregon in 2008 to live closer to some of their grandchildren.

Sherry Burns

Sherry serves as a family history consultant in her local LDS Ward. She first became interested in her own family history as a young woman, and has been hooked ever since. Helping others has been a natural outgrowth of researching her own family.

Fred Held

Fred was raised in an Evangelical Lutheran family in western Pennsylvania. A graduate of Penn State University with an aeronautical engineering degree, he retired from McDonnell-Douglas, St. Louis in 1992. He represented his company on the ANSI-X3V1 standards committee (Office and Publishing Systems) for 5 years. Fred currently serves in his local Family History Center outside of Saint Louis, Missouri. Without language training, he discovered that he was able to research his German family lineage by learning a few key words and phrases. He has successfully extended one German family line back 13 generations. Fred also researches the German and Scottish family lines of his wife. He has followed her Scottish lineage from Alberta, Canada to Liverpool, England, and finally to Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Learn his techniques that will assist you in your own research.

Leslie Binkley Lawson, Forensic Genealogist Credentialed, CAFG, APG

Leslie Brinkley Lawson has been running a reputable forensic genealogy business since 2000. She has reunited many families with her work and is committed to providing quality research to all of her clients. In February 2015, Leslie was notified by the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) that she was now a Forensic Genealogist Credentialed.

Lisa McCullough

Lisa McCullough has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. She became interested in Genealogy as a teenager after attending extended annual family reunions every summer in Indiana. In September, 2011 Lisa learned about autosomal DNA testing, signed up to test immediately and has been hooked since. Lisa has attended the Practical Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Advanced DNA Analysis Techniques for Genealogical Research course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Active in several special interest groups at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon in Portland, Lisa has taught classes in DNA and chairs a group devoted to helping people interpret and analyze their DNA results.

Tom O'Brien

Tom has been researching his family since 1983. His personal genealogical pursuits have inspired him to visit Ireland, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. His U.S. focus has been in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, California, Washington and Oregon. He has been fortunate to meet distant cousins and walk in the villages of his ancestors. Tom does not abandon his search easily. He spent 32 years trying to learn the birthplace of his mother's paternal grandfather. In February 2015 he was successful in learning that it was the Alsatian village of Valff. In May 2016 he and his wife spent a week in Valff, a village of about 1300 people. He met with the village historian, the village library director and the village genealogist as well as several distant cousins. All were most gracious and very helpful to him. In the past Tom has been a research volunteer at the Family History Center in Milwaukie and the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. He currently enjoys sharing what he has been able to learn with other genealogists. He gets much joy and satisfaction from assisting others.

Chérie Pacheco

Chérie became interested in family history as a young teen, while accompanying her parents on genealogy research trips and hours spent at the local family history center. A computer savvy individual, she is a valuable research assistant to her parents. She has fluent Spanish language skills and enjoys conducting research in Spanish records.

Keith & Darlene Pyeatt

Keith is a fifth generation Oregonian while Darlene a native of Indiana. Both are graduates of Brigham Young University. Keith is currently pursuing accreditation as a professional genealogist, served on the board of directors of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon for several years and is currently chair of the Italian Special Interest Group of that organization. Both serve as family history consultants. They enjoy researching together, especially on-site research, and speaking to genealogical organizations.

John Schneider

John graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also studied Industrial Engineering and Operations Research with Columbia University and holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Arizona State University. His personal and professional pursuits have taken him to four continents and dozens of countries. John and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of five children.

Doug Stott

TBA

Pam Vestal, APG

Pam is a professional genealogist and owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. When she isn’t giving presentations or researching on behalf of her clients, she offers private training to those who want to learn more about how to do their own research. She has studied Eastern European genealogy and other topics at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), attended NGS, FGS, and IAJGS national conferences, and participated in classes and study groups offered by the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Megan Wright

Megan has a lifelong love of Family History. She pursued that love and the desire to know her ancestors at Brigham Young University, graduating in 2003 with a degree in Family History and Genealogy. She has a particular love for discovering the stories behind the sources. She currently serves as the assistant director to the Family History Center in her stake. She is the mother of two young boys, both names for beloved ancestors.