Speaker NameSpeaker Bio
Brenda L. 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.
Crista CowanCrista Cowan has been involved in family history research for more than 25 years and has been a professional genealogist since 2002. She specializes in descendancy research, Jewish Immigration, and sharing family history with the genealogically challenged. Crista regularly teaches Family History classes at her local LDS Family History Center and at conferences and genealogy societies around the country. She has been employed at Ancestry.com since 2004 and is known as The Barefoot Genealogist. She has an internet show on Tue and Thu mornings at 11am (Mountain Time) at http://livestream.com/ancestry. You can watch past episodes at http://ancstry.me/TBGVids.
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.
Diahan SouthardCreative Director for Genetic Genealogy Consultants. She has been involved in the genetic genealogy community since its inception, over 12 years ago. She was among the original employees of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Diahan received a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Brigham Young University.
Drew & Jonathan ScottThe Scott brothers, who have created their own production company Scott Brothers Entertainment, were born in Vancouver, Canada, lived on a ranch and fixed up their first house when they were 17 years old to help support their acting pursuits.
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".
Jamie BrownJamie Brown has been working full-time in the Cloverdale Family History Department for over six years. Her passion for genealogy goes much further than that as she is a descendant of a Surrey pioneering family.  This fact intrigued her, and started her quest of writing letters (now emails), exploring cemeteries, archives, museums local and international all to dig up new (mostly deceased) relatives and family stories. Jamie feels very blessed to have her “dream job” of assisting others in similar quests to find family and prove (or disprove) family legends, and sometimes discover new legends!  She sees family history as an ever-extending puzzle that can be solved piece by piece, day by day.
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.
Judith UelandJudith Ueland is a member of the British Columbia Genealogical Society and has held various positions within the Society as the President, Treasurer, and has been a member of the BCGS Board for the past fifteen years. She produces a monthly “Slide Show for the Members Meetings and is co-editor of the BCGS Newsletter. She has been searching family roots since the 1970s in Canada and the United States and has successfully traced various family links to The United Kingdom. Her travels have taken her to England, Scotland and Salt Lake City which has enabled her to write family history articles for The British Columbia Genealogist and to act as the Canada and United States Education Facilitator. Judith is a member of the United Empire Loyalists, Vancouver Branch and has researched a family line back to the early 1700’s and is in the process of proving the connection with the Dominion offices. She is currently working on a history of her Scots-Irish 'Johnston Wallace' line in order to expand the family information about her ancestors into an online book form.
Judith Ueland & Rob WhitlockSee individual bios
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. Website: http://www.kareninkstervance.com/
Lil HeseltonI am largely a self taught Genealogist. I have attended classes, bought books AND read them, gone to seminars and listened to countless u-tube presentations. I have been doing genealogy for 30 some years and have volunteered Wednesday afternoons at the Burnaby Stake library for most of that time. I have been “doing” DNA for about three years. I have been a presenter at several genealogical conferences and have presented at the Finding Your Roots Seminar off and on for several years.
Lorraine IrvingMember of the BCGS, past president, secretary, board member. Have loved cemeteries since I was a child. Give cemetery walking tours at Vancouver's Mountain View cemetery and teach classes on how to do genealogical research.
M. Diane RogersHappy teaching and researching genealogy all week long. Lifelong interest in Canadian history, especially women's history. Editor of "The British Columbia Genealogist", Facilitator of the BCGS DNA, Scandinavian and Legacy software groups. Postcard researcher and collector; President, Vancouver Postcard Club. Researching family history around the world for over 20 years, now including surname and place name studies.
Margaret RogersMargaret has been a genealogist for over 40 years and has taught courses and worked at the Family History center for many years. She has conducted primary research at many archives and locations throughout Ontario. Her depth of knowledge of what is available will assist attendees in finding their ancestors in Ontario.
Marlene DanceMarlene has been doing genealogy research for over 45 years. In addition, she has researched for over 40 individuals, helping them find their history. She is the genealogist for the Chilliwack branch of the UELAC and has facilitated the successful accreditation of over 70 Loyalist applications. Marlene has self-published several booklets for family reunions tracing the families origins to the early settlement of the original 13 Colonies in North America.  In addition she has had articles published in the Alberta Family Histories quarterly and “Who do you think you are?” magazine in the UK.  Since 1997, Marlene has been regularly invited to speak to service clubs, seniors groups and genealogy societies. She facilitates a monthly Genealogy Workshop at the Sardis Library in Chilliwack and has taught a 3 hr per week, 6 week genealogy class at the UFV campus in Chilliwack thru the ElderCollege program since 2009.
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.
Pat & Dave BurnsDave 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.
Rob WhitlockRob Whitlock, who has been researching his family history since 1999, and holds a PLCGS (Professional Learning Certificate for Genealogical Studies in English Records) from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in Toronto.
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.
Sandra BorgerSandra Borger has a Master of Arts Degree with a focus in oral history and gender studies from Simon Fraser University. She has worked in museums for the last decade, and currently works as the Education Programs Specialist at the Surrey Museum. She has interviewed many of her family members and countless numbers of the public. Sandra is the proud mother of four kids: two wonderful boys and two fur kids – Thera the cat and Mia the dog.
Shauna EasthopeShauna was born in Southern Alberta and raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She and her husband with their oldest child moved to BC in 1985 where 3 more children were born. Although she loves the West Coast, she will always consider herself a prairie girl. Her parents taught her to take pride in her heritage and to live a life that honored that heritage. She is grateful for that heritage and eager to learn more about her ancestors. Shauna considers herself a beginner genealogist. Despite the fact that many of her extended family members are enthusiasts, Shauna has only recently started researching her Family Tree – and she loves it. Some of her family lines have been traced back to the 1100s by dedicated cousins, so Shauna’s time is dedicated to confirming information previously gathered and helping others begin their own journey.
Sunny MortonSunny Morton teaches family history and genealogy to local, statewide, nationwide and international audiences. She has been an instructor at Family Tree University, is a contributing editor and writer for Family Tree magazine and has a wide range of other experiences in teaching, researching, writing and editing.
Terry RogersTerry has a long history of genealogical research. Starting in the early 70's, he began researching his own family and did so for the next 25 years. His research covered New England, Scotland, Ireland and Eastern Canada. In addition, working with his wife Margaret, he was exposed to research in England and Germany In the early 1990's, while living in Toronto, he began working in the Family History Center in Toronto. Upon his return to BC in 2001, he joined the staff of the Surrey Family History Center and continues to work there today. He has taught many courses over the years on researching in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces and using the internet as a research tool. He has been able to help many patrons at the FHC to find well hidden ancestors. In addition, he has a love of history and encourages patrons to develop histories of their families as they find them.