INSTRUCTORS:

  1. Leland (Lee) Cole - has been doing genealogy actively for over 10 years based on his long-term family interests and research.  He lectures on both genealogy and Roots Magic.  He has tracked his family back to the Plantagenet’s and has tested with two DNA companies.  He is the Governor of the Ohio Chapter of Colonial Wars, is a member of the Mayflower Society and belongs to several local area genealogical societies.
  2. 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, which are also available on www.legacyfamilytree.com and www.amazon.com, and is an instructor at Ancestry Academy.
  3. Cheryl McClellan - genealogist for the Geauga County Public Library, teaches children and adult genealogy, from beginner to specific record types. She lectures regularly in northeast Ohio and authors genealogy articles for Family Tree Magazine, Ohio Genealogy News, and local newspapers.
  4. Stephen McDonald, MD., FACP, FACE - 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.
  5. Sunny Morton - is Contributing Editor for Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Family Tree Magazine and Editor of Ohio Genealogy News. She has authored 100+ genealogy articles, My Life & Times: A Guided Journal to Collecting Your Stories and the forthcoming Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records. (www.sunnymorton.com)
  6. Jean Muetzel - A native of Cleveland, Ohio, has been a DAR member since 1988. A Cincinnati Chapter member, she has held several offices and been the Chapter Regent. Jean has served three terms on the Christian Waldschmidt Homestead Curators Committee, been State Museum chair and is currently the SW District Director for 2013-1016.

    She received her B.A. degree from Mount Union College, now The University of Mount Union, and a Master's in Library Science from Kent State University. She has enjoyed working in public and school libraries in Ohio and Texas and in June 2014 she retired after 15 years working in elementary libraries for the Mason City Schools in Mason, Ohio.

    A member of several lineage societies, including Colonial Dames XVII Century, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Daughters of American Colonists, Daughters of 1812 and Daughters of the Union, Jean enjoys genealogy and reading as her favorite hobbies. Mysteries and romances are her favorites and she loves all things Disney.

    Her husband Tim works as a software engineer for GE Aviation. Her son Jim and his wife Eryn live in San Francisco and he is a senior consultant for Deloitte. Son Alex is living in NYC and pursuing music and adventure. Both sons were very active with the Children of the American Revolution and are SAR members as is Jean's father who is a WWII veteran. Jean's granddog is Conan who is an 8 year old chocolate lab and big into ball playing and napping. She currently resides in Mason, Ohio.
  7. Dana Palmer, CG - is a teacher, lecturer, author and professional genealogist. Immediate Past President of Warren County (Ohio) Genealogical Society. Genealogy instructor at Sinclair Community College and the Warren County Career Center. Extensive work with digital photo restoration and imaging, writing and compiling family books, cemeteries, and Midwestern research.
  8. Jim Phillabaum - A retired Firefighter and Paramedic, I have been involved in genealogy and family history since the 1980’s.  Previously I was the director of the Middletown Family History Center.
  9. Amie Bowser Tennant - has been passionate about genealogy and family history for the last 16 years. She was awarded the NGS Home Study Scholarship in 2011 and is currently "on the clock" for national certification. She has served on many local community boards and organizations. This past year, Amie accepted the position of Head Content Specialist and Assistant Manager at RootsBid.com. Today, she works as a research genealogist, national speaker, and international writer. Follow her adventures in genealogy at www.rootsbid.com/blog or her personal blog at www.mykithnkin.blogspot.com.
  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.
  11. Matthew White - comes from a long line of Baptists ministers in the south and is a veteran of the Korean conflict. He received an associate degree in criminal justice and later worked for the federal government in South Carolina. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1980 and became the first African-American in Columbia, South Carolina to be ordained a High Priest and called to the Bishopric. He had a career change and moved to Cincinnati in 1992. He currently serves as Sunday School President in the West Chester Ward of the Cincinnati North Stake and has been a temple worker for five and a half years.
  12. Robert Young - is an Air Force historian at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He has over 25 years of historical research experience, including time answering inquiries at the Air Force Historical Research Agency. He will provide information on locating military documents and suggestions for collecting information on individual military service