Jamie Brown

Jamie has been interested in family history since she was a young girl on her grandfather’s lap.  Knowing that he was the son of a pioneer in Surrey, BC, gave her something to talk about – and sparked her interest.  She spent years writing letters, trekking to cemeteries, archives and museums, and travelled to Ireland in the 90s, all on the genealogy quest.  And then came the internet – fast forward and full speed ahead!  Then in April 2011 she landed her “dream job” in the Family History Department at the Cloverdale branch of Surrey Libraries.  How lucky was she to be able to research to her heart’s content- on the job! Her interests include solving puzzles of any kind, including family history brick walls, and loves helping others do the same.


George Caldwell

George Caldwell was born in Bellshill Scotland and emigrated to Canada in the mid 1950’s as a young lad.  I have been researching my Scottish roots for the past 20 years. I am a member of the British Columbia Genealogical Society and the facilitator for the Scottish Special Interest Group for the Society.


Michelle Goodrum

Family historian, researcher, and writer Michelle Roos Goodrum became involved in family history in the early 1990s when she realized her ancestors saved everything from important family documents to the smallest trinkets. Michelle is now the caretaker of over 135 years of her family’s history. Some of the dusty documents she uncovered were related to her ancestors’ homes which sparked an interested in land and property records. She loves traveling to their former homes to get a feel for what their lives might have been like.


Eva Gremmert

Eva Doherty Gremmert is a professional genealogist and lecturer specializing in Irish research. Currently organizing multiple research trips to Ireland annually, she also has extensive family history research experience in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and the Ukraine. Since the early 1980’s, Eva has traveled for her own research, in addition to helping others gather their family history. Her greatest joy comes when she unites clients with long lost relations. Since 2001, Eva has been the Worldwide Reunion Coordinator for the O’Dochartaigh clan for the four previous major clan gatherings. For the next reunion in July 2020, hundreds of O’Dochartaighs will enjoy six days of festivities and tours of their Ulster homeland. She is a founding member of the Irish Genealogical and Historical Society (IGHS) and currently is on the board of directors. Eva has researched and published six books on her family history, including a historical fiction novel based on the life of her Irish great-grandmother. She hosts two major genealogy research websites. Eva and her husband Arden have four children and eleven grandchildren. They maintain homes in Carnation, WA and Carndonagh, Co. Donegal, Ireland.


Tiffany Harvey

Tiffany Harvey is interested and able in many areas including technology.  She began learning about computers while in University.  She has a down to earth way of helping others understand and use their computer, having learned through experience and from her husband.  “I have enough knowledge to get my computer to do what I want but not enough to always fix it!”


Sally Haysom

Sally 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.

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Lil Heselton

I 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.


Andrea Lister

British 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.


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Robert Kehrer

Robert 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.


Gayel Knott

Gayel Knott has been researching family history for about twenty-five years and has volunteered at the Burnaby Family History Centre for about 15 years. She specializes in US research and has also done research in England and The Netherlands. She gained an appreciation for methodology while attending sessions at the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy.  In the last few years she has become interested in genetic genealogy, has tested on all major sites and manages kits for quite a few family members.


Mary Kathryn Kozy

Mary Kathryn Kozy has been researching her family history for over 35 years and in many localities. She has served in multiple positions in societies on the local & state level and currently serves on the board of the Jewish Genealogical Society of WA State & as an LDS Family History missionary. She holds bachelor’s degrees from UW in both Zoology and Information Technology & Systems and has completed two certificate programs with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has also completed the ProGen program with an eye toward certification as a professional genealogist.


Linda Nygard

20 years ago, I became interested in my mother’s family history. This just happened to be my “Loyalist Family Line”, although I did not know it at the time. A dozen years ago, while researching my Loyalist Hartles, I came across the Vancouver Branch UELAC site (United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada). For a number of years, I have served as Vancouver Branch Genealogist where I help members prove their Loyalist Ancestors.


Eunice Robinson

Eunice Robinson is currently the President of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, as well as the Education Chair for the Society, and the Irish Interest Group Facilitator.  She has been involved in family history research for 45 years.  Eunice has been one of the presenters at the Finding Your Roots seminar since the inception.


Diane Rogers

Diane Rogers is happily teaching and researching genealogy all week long and tackling any family history mysteries. She loves cemeteries, old newspapers and photographs, and has authored guides and articles on Canadian and BC genealogy and related topics, including postcards. She volunteers for the BC Genealogical Society (BCGS), the Guild of One-Name Studies, and the Virtual Genealogical Association, and is President of the Vancouver Postcard Club and a Director of the BCGS. She’s been researching BC local and women’s history since 1958 and her own family history seriously for over 20 years – in Canada, the UK, Ireland, the United States, Sweden, Macau and now Ukraine. She’s a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors and the Genealogical Speakers Guild and has registered studies with the Guild of One-Name Studies and the Society for One-Place Studies.


Brenda L. Smith

Brenda 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.


Xenia Stanford

Xenia a professional genealogist with 40+ years’ experience, has written many articles for genealogy magazines and was editor when Chinook, the newsletter of the Alberta Family Histories Society, twice won best local society newsletter from the National Genealogical Society. She also won an international writing contest and is widely published on leadership and other business topics. Formerly a teacher, educational researcher, corporate librarian, archivist, systems analyst and project leader, she now devotes her time to genealogical research, writing books and family histories. She also wrote a memoir that is currently sold-out. She helps others write and/or edit their family histories and memoirs.

With Austrian and Ukrainian ancestry, she has spent hours researching her own family history in those countries and has also researched for others with ancestors from Eastern Europe, including Germans from Russia. She has spoken on Eastern European and other areas of expertise to many genealogy groups. She communicates with others of Eastern European backgrounds across North America and even some in Eastern Europe.”


Colin Stevens CD

Colin MacGregor Stevens is of Scottish, English, Pennsylvania Dutch (i.e. German) and Irish descent. He has dabbled in genealogy and worked in museums, archives and historic sites for over 40-years. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Royal Canadian Navy Reserve, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, Canadian Scottish Regiment and Cadet Instructor Cadre (Air). As such he wore the uniforms of all three services and retired as an Army Captain. Colin has collected Canadian military items for over 55-years and enjoys helping people to understand their military heritage.


Susanne Sulzberger

Susanne has been reference archivist and ATIP analyst at the Vancouver Office of Library and Archives Canada’s Regional Archival Program since 2009.

Susanne graduated from UBC with a BA in Religion, Literature and the arts, followed by a Master of Archival Studies degree also from UBC.


Jeannie Vance

Jeannie began researching her own family in England, Scotland, Canada and the USA over 40 years ago. She has researched many of her lines into the 1700’s. She has assisted others with their research for the past 12 years. She is currently the director of the Surrey BC LDS Family History Centre where she enjoys teaching classes and helping others learn how to find their ancestors.


Karen Inkster Vance

Karen Inkster Vance, MA, is an educator, family storyteller, researcher and writer who has enjoyed documenting her family history for over 25 years. She is the author of Voices from the Past: A History of North Roe (2006), 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 local television.

After travelling the world to tramp through cemeteries, wade through archives and interview numerous family members Karen has discovered that true joy comes not from just filling in the names and dates on her family tree but from piecing together the lives that her ancestors led. Gathering social history clues, analyzing photos and oral history interviewing are just a few of the creative approaches Karen uses to bring her ancestors to life. She is on a mission to write down and share her ancestors’ stories and help other family historians do the same.

Karen resides in Surrey, BC, Canada. When she is not writing her family history, she is a communications instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. For further information about Karen and the projects she is working on visit: KarenInksterVance.com


Peter Whitlock

Mr. Whitlock is a retired CPA and has more than fifty years experience with genealogical research.  He is a long-time member of the BC Genealogical Society, a Director, and one of their past presidents.  He has been a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies since it was founded in 1979.

His area of expertise is his One-Name Study of the Whitlock family plus he manages the Whitlock Family Association he founded in 1968 and has published the Whitlock Family Newsletter for more than thirty years and is webmaster of the whitlock@one-name.net & whitlockfamilyassociation.com websites.  Mr. Whitlock has given many talks on genealogical subjects across British Columbia and in Salt Lake City.   His library catalogue of thousands of images of original documents has enabled Whitlock’s and Whitlock descendants to accurately document their ancestry, many to the 1400’s.”


Rob Whitlock

Rob 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. Rob has been an active member of the BC Genealogical Society and currently serves as Past President.