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 Cowan
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.
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 Brown
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.
Lil HeseltonLil has been volunteering at the Family History Centre for 30 years. She has given talks at the Tri Stake for about 10 years and has also been a guest at the Okanagan and BCGS Seminars. She is the registrar for her local DAR Chapter and has assisted in proving the lineage papers to trace 35 Members back to their 1776 Patriot.
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.
Margaret Rogers
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.
Peter Claydon
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 Morton
Terry Rogers