Speaker NameSpeaker Bio
Andrea ListerBritish Columbia based author, editor, and historian, Andrea Lister has written everything from articles on exchange traded funds to the uncomfortable truth of discovering that your own ancestor may have owned slaves. Andrea Lister is the 2012 Chilliwack Heritage Award winning author of Commitment to Caring: Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary’s 100 Years, 1911 to 2011. Andrea enjoys helping authors tell the untold stories of history as the editor of British Columbia History. She regularly writes articles on family history and feels that knowledge of history helps us make sense of our society. www.absolutelyliterate.com.
Brenda SmithBrenda L. Smith has comprehensive experience in journalism, business operations, marketing and public relations, cultural trusteeship, fundraising, community development and service delivery. She is an experienced developer and presenter of programs to teach research, organizational development, public speaking and theatre skills. She contributes to the Maple Ridge Historical Society Family History Newsletter. In 2006, Brenda was the recipient of the Maple Ridge Heritage Commission Sheila Nickols Heritage Achievement Award for Community History and Heritage Teaching. She currently serves the British Columbia Historical Federation as Education Chair and Publications Secretary. And she is member of the Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission.
Brian PorterBrian Porter is a former president and long-time member of the British Columbia Genealogical Society and has edited publications and written numerous articles for the society. Since discovering genealogy at the age of 14 he has been actively involved in all aspects of family history research and has given talks on a wide variety of topics. His lineage is Scottish, Norwegian, English, French, Irish and German.
Cathy MageeCathy Magee has been fascinated by her family stories from a young age when old family photos and stories from long ago were trotted out just about every week.  Cathy has been an amateur genealogist for most of her life and a member of the BC Genealogical Society for many years.  Her volunteer work for the Society is to organize the BCGS travelling genealogy store, called the Boutique, and, with the generous help of other volunteers, take it to conferences around the province.  It keeps her busy but it is very rewarding seeing the right books get into the hands of the right researchers.
Christine Hitchmough"Christine Hitchmough was born in Lancashire England and has been researching her family history for about 30 years. Her ancestors hail mostly from England and Ireland with one branch in South Africa and another in Australia. She has met some interesting research challenges. Christine has volunteered as a FamilySearch Product Support Missionary from 2012-2015 answering questions about FamilySearch, using Family Tree and its programs teaching functionality through their Help line found in familysearch.org. Presently she is a member of the executive committee at the Family History Library in Victoria and is the person in charge of training for Familysearch products.
Dave ObeeDave Obee is a journalist and genealogical researcher who has written a dozen books and given almost 600 presentations at conferences and seminars in Canada, the United States and Australia since 1997. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Times Colonist in Victoria. He has worked as a journalist in British Columbia and Alberta since 1972, and has been researching family history since 1977. Dave is a columnist for two magazines, Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. He is a member of the board of Canada's History Society, which publishes for Canada’s History. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by the University of Victoria for his work as a historian, genealogist and journalist.
Eunice RobinsonEunice Robinson is a member of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, the Education Coordinator, and Irish Group Facilitator. She has been doing family history research for 40 years, and teaching for over 35 years. She has a special interest in sharing her knowledge with other researchers. She has conducted research trips to Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, and Salt Lake City.
Gayel KnottGayel Knott has been researching family history for about twenty-five years. She specializes in US research, but has also done research in England and The Netherlands. She has attended four sessions of the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy, which has encouraged an appreciation for methodology and "getting it right".
George CaldwellGeorge Caldwell has been a member of the British Columbia Genealogical Society for 15 years and is the facilitator of the Scottish Special Interest Group for the society. Born in Scotland he immigrated with his family in 1956 and has resided primarily in the lower mainland for the last 50 years.
Jeannie VanceJeannie loves doing puzzles and says that family history is the biggest and best puzzle in the world. She began 40 years ago, researching her own family in England, Scotland, Canada and the USA. Currently she serves as the director of the Surrey BC LDS Family History Centre and enjoys teaching classes and helping others to find their ancestors.
Karen Inkster VanceKaren Inkster Vance, MA, is a trained teacher, researcher and writer who has enjoyed doing genealogical research for over 20 years. She is the author of Voices from the Past: A History of North Roe (2008), a social history of the village in Shetland, Scotland where her great-grandfather was born. She conducted over 150 oral history interviews as part of the Ex-cadet Oral History Project at Royal Roads University and oversaw the writing and production of two documentary films Coming Full Circle: Remembrances of Royal Roads Ex-Cadets (2009) and Ingrained in Us: Remembering Royal Roads (2013), both of which have aired on television. She currently lives in Surrey, BC.
Lesley AndersonLesley Anderson has been involved in the personal research of her family tree for over 45 years and her passion for genealogy has branched out to teaching classes, speaking at seminars and conferences, consulting and doing research for others. She is well known for her computer and genealogy classes offered through the Ottawa Catholic Board Continuing Ed and her “field trips” to various archives and libraries. Most recently she organized a group of 30 on a research and sightseeing trip to Ireland. For years she was Director of Education for BIFHSGO (British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa) and volunteered at the Ottawa Stake - LDS Family History Center where she gets great enjoyment out of helping new and experienced genealogists with their research. Lesley has worked for Ancestry.ca for over 10 years as their Canadian Spokesperson and has done numerous presentations for genealogy societies and conferences across Canada as well as TV and Radio appearances.
Lisa Louise CookLisa is CEO of Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems, a multi-media production company, host of The Genealogy Gems Podcast at www.genealogygems.com, author of books including The Genealogist's Google Toolbox Second Edition, Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, and How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, and writer and podcast producer for Family Tree Magazine.
M. Diane RogersDiane Rogers has been researching her own family history for over 20 years in Canadian, English, Scottish, Irish, United States and Swedish records and sources. She has a lifelong interest in women's history and is a Past President and currently Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society and Editor of The British Columbia Genealogist, that Society's quarterly journal, and she facilitates both the DNA and Scandinavian BCGS special interest groups. She has a One-Name study for the surname SAGGERS and a One-Place study for Newdale, Manitoba, Canada. She collects photographs and postcards and is President of the Vancouver Postcard Club.
Marlene DanceMarlene Dance began family history research in 1971 and has produced booklets on four family members. She has researched Loyalist ancestors and proved several. She has taught a beginner class at UFV Elder college for several years and facilitates genealogy workshops for Sardis Library. She has had several articles published and has done many speaking engagements with various groups.
Mary Kathryn KozyMary Kathryn Kozy has been researching her family history for over 35 years and across many different localities. She has served in multiple positions in societies on the local & state level and as a Family History missionary. Mary is currently the Secretary of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State and speaks to many groups in the area. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both Zoology and Information Technology & Systems and has completed the ProGen online study program with an eye toward certification.
Maureen TaylorMaureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research.
Mike MansfieldMike Mansfield works for MyHeritage.com as the Director of Content Operations. Previously Mike worked for Ancestry.com and FamilySearch and has been active in the genealogy and family history domain for the last 17 years. Mike has presented at various genealogical conferences and symposia in the United States, England, and Scandinavia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from BYU and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Library and Information Science at Syracuse University.
Myko ClellandMyko Clelland, family historian for Findmypast has regularly discussed family history on television, radio and in print, as well as presenting everywhere from national institutions & Regional archives to local societies. With over 100 presentations under his belt he’s a frequent international speaker, the most popular British genealogist on Twitter and a specialist in records that bring stories to life. His passion for genealogy was inspired by his own experiences researching his family of colourful characters who come from opposite ends of Europe.
Pat & Dave Burns Dave Burns has volunteered in the Family History Library for the last number of years.  His research is in England, Scotland, and Norway.  Pat Burns has volunteered for only three years and her research is in the Netherlands. 
Paul MacDonellPaul MacDonell is a librarian (MLIS) and an archivist (MAS). Paul has worked in a variety of libraries (public, academic, corporate) throughout the lower mainland, and he spent some time in Texas after getting his degrees from UBC. Paul is also a member of the Indexing Society of Canada (ISC), and last year he indexed two books by Canadian academic authors.For the past 5 years Paul has worked for Surrey Libraries, Cloverdale branch.
Robert KehrerRobert Kehrer worked for 12 years as a research geneticist identifying disease genes by building very large family pedigrees. He has an MBA and worked for 7 years at Apple managing strategic alliances and driving market strategy in the sciences. For the last 8 years Robert has worked for FamilySearch and is the senior product manager of research technologies.
Sally HaysomSally has been actively working on her genealogy for about 45 years mostly exclusively with Quebec and France. She has worked her way back to the 1500's on several of her lines. She continues to learn new skills and turns around to teach others. Sally has been a volunteer with the Surrey location of the Family History Centre for about 10 years with 5 of these years spent as the previous Director.
Susan SnalamSusan Snalam has been researching her own family history for the past 15 years. Her research is concentrated mainly in England, although helping other genealogist has taken her to several other countries. She is a member of the BCGS, where she facilitates the English Group several times each year.