Family History Jamboree
Families Are Forever


  1. Leland Cole - has been doing genealogy actively for over 10 years based on his long-term family interests and research. He lectures on genealogy, DNA and Roots Magic. He has tracked his family back to the Plantagenet's and has tested with four DNA companies. He is the past Governor of the Ohio Chapter of Colonial Wars, is a member of the Mayflower Society and belongs to several local area genealogical societies. He has used DNA to identify cousins and trace his lineage to a time before written records were generally available.

  2. Michael Garrambone - is a retired Army Officer and Military Operations Research Analyst for InfoSciTex Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Florida in Engineering Science and Mechanics and earned master degrees in operations research, business, and education. He is a staff librarian at the Dayton East Family History Center in Fairborn, Ohio with interests are in Italian genealogy, historical research, computer graphics, and teaching. He has been researching family history since 1980, tracking Italians, African Americans, and Native Americans from Italy to the Virginias and South Central States. He is a web browser, database keeper, map user, and faithful correspondent. He enjoys scanning and editing and researching sources at the local, state, and national levels. He is working on several oral histories and organizing family photograph books.

  3. Alden & Linda Hilton - President Alden Hilton is the second councilor in the Dayton Ohio Stake Presidency and is responsible for coordinating stake family history activities. Linda Hilton is the Lead Stake Temple and Family History Consultant and coordinates temple and family history training and activities for the Dayton Ohio Stake.

  4. Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG - was involved with genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family's history has never left her. With her experience as a former Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. Some of those would include Ohio Genealogical Society, Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, and is a well-known webinar presenter. She is also an instructor at Ancestry Academy, Family Tree University and a columnist for Reminisce magazine.

  5. Stephen McDonald, MD, FACP, FACE - is a physician specializing in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Geriatric Medicine. He is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine where he continues to teach. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California and Brigham Young University in Provo Utah. He serves as an Area Family History Adviser in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is an avid genealogist since grade school and now enjoys teaching about the use of DNA in genealogy research, archaic medical terms and solving difficult genealogy problems. His most important responsibilities are husband, father of six, grandfather of 19 and great grandfather of one.

  6. Jean Halls Muetzel, Cincinnati NSDAR Registrar - a native of Cleveland, Ohio, received her B. A. degree from the University of Mount Union, and a Master's in Library Science from Kent State University. She enjoyed working in public and school libraries in Ohio and Texas. Currently she is the Registrar for Cincinnati Chapter DAR and Ralph Dayton Chapter, Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century. She is a member of several other lineage societies including General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Daughter of American Colonists, Daughters of 1812 and Daughter of the Union. She enjoys genealogy and reading as her favorite hobbies. Contact her at:

  7. Dana Palmer, CG - has a background in education and received her BA in Math Education to teach high school mathematics. With a love of family history and background in teaching, she began teaching beginning genealogy classes in 1996 and joined her first lineage society in 1997. She became a certified genealogist in 2009 and was hired as a genealogy instructor at Sinclair Community College in 2010. She has published over 30 books for her genealogical society, clients and family. She focuses her research in the Midwest, specifically Ohio, but is familiar with many areas since she has lived all over the United States. She has received numerous awards for her books and volunteer efforts. She loves problem solving and tracking down those elusive ancestors. Follow her at:

  8. Jim Phillabaum - A retired Firefighter and Paramedic, he has been involved in genealogy and family history since the 1980s. Previously he was the director of the Middletown Family History Center.

  9. Amie Bowser Tennant - is 'The Genealogy Reporter' bringing you genealogy news and more. She is a professional genealogist, nationally known speaker, and internationally known blogger. Amie provides blog and written content for many top companies and societies in the genealogy field. Some of her recent publications can be found in the NGS Magazine, the Ohio Genealogical Society News and the OGS Quarterly, and at Legacy News, just to name a few! You can also see her webinars at Legacy Family Tree Webinars and visit her blog for additional learning at

  10. Anne Wachs - With a bachelor's degree in history, it seems only natural after moving to the Dayton area to take a job as a reference librarian, I found a niche providing help to library patrons with genealogy interests. While I would not consider myself a true family historian, I have spent many hours finding and researching online resources. Under my direction, WCPL now offers thrice yearly genealogy workshops, monthly interest groups to help locals use library databases, and constant maintenance of our genealogy resources.