Speakers

James M. Beidler, author of four books; writes “Roots & Branches,” a newspaper column and blog; and is a research-reports editor for Legacy Tree Genealogists. 

Stanton Biddle, Ph.D., is Vice President of the Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., an organization dedicated to the advancement of African American Family History research. After being a celebrated and award-winning Librarian at Baruch College for thirty years, he has devoted his life to Genealogy. 

Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., JD, is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog, The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.  

Jamie Brinkman has been a Researcher Services archivist at the New York State Archives since 2018. She previously worked at the Harvard Law Library and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. She received her library degree from University at Albany, SUNY. 

Angie Bush combines years of experience in biotech with a passion for genealogical research and a unique ability to solve seemingly impossible cases. Currently Region 1 Director of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), Angie is an active player on the national and international stage, presenting and educating frequently on new trends in genetic genealogy. 

Michael Cassara is a professional genealogist and lecturer based in New York City, specializing in Italian/Sicilian genealogy, 20th century US immigration, and genealogical technology. In his “other” life, Michael is a leading casting director for theatre and film, having cast over 500 musicals, plays, and movies—in New York City and worldwide. 

Michelle Tucker Chubenko was a researcher on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, local and ethnic genealogical societies, and is active in local history organizations. 

Janine Cloud started on the phones at Family Tree DNA in 2011. A grade-school assignment to fill out a pedigree chart ignited her passion for family history and genealogy. She is Group Projects Manager and Event Coordinator, handling issues relating to Project Administrators and group members. She is a fifth-generation Texan and a registered member of the Cherokee Nation.   

Skip Duett is a professional genealogist who has been actively researching in Upstate New York since 1995. In addition to skills in DNA, he brings extensive experience in Onondaga, Madison, Montgomery, and surrounding counties and has a particular interest in Palatine immigrants to the Mohawk Valley in the early-mid 1700s. 

Alec Ferretti is a graduate of Vassar College and New York University’s Dual Degree Masters Program for Archives & Library Science. He has been doing genealogy research for nearly a decade and has traveled throughout the United States, Italy, and Poland to trace his roots. Alec is a Reclaim the Records board member, the president of the New York Genealogy and Technology Group, and was a winner of the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) 2018 Young Professional Scholarship. 

Aaron Goodwin is a genealogist and house historian specializing in New York City research across all time periods, from the Dutch colonial era to the 20th century. He is editor of the National Genealogical Society's NGS Monthly, former contributing editor to The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and former editor of the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine.  

Eric G. Grundset was the Library Director for the DAR Library, Washington, D.C. for nearly thirty-five years. Now retired, he continues his interest in genealogy through writing, research, and consolidation of 40 years+ of work. Eric specializes in research in his native Virginia plus New England, New York, and other states.  

Judith A. Herbert, CG® is a member of the Editorial Board of The Record, the quarterly journal of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B). She specializes in research in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts from the colonial period to the early 20th century.  

Daniel Horowitz is the Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage, liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing, and attending conferences. Dedicated to genealogy since 1986, Daniel is involved in several digitization and transcription projects and holds a board-level position at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA).

Kyle Hurst is the Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press. With experience at the NARA in Waltham, Kyle has worked on research projects at NEHGS, and, with Newbury Street Press, has contributed to a number of family histories. She has been credited for her contributions to The Root, TheRoot.com, and she has written for American Ancestors magazine. 

Karen Mauer Jones, CG®, FGBS, FUGA, is an author, lecturer, professional genealogist, and former editor of The NYG&B Record. She served on the NYG&B Family History Advisory Board, as well as the boards of APG (as Regional VP and Director) and FGS (as Director; VP Administration; National Conference Chair, 1997 Dallas.  

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG®, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, an award-winning genealogical author and researcher and speaker at conferences, institutes, and seminars. He is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation

Terry Koch-Bostic, professional genealogist, and former Vice President of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) is the APG-NY Manager and Chapter Representative and is a contributing author and reviewer for NYG&B’s New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer.  

Janice Lovelace, Ph.D., has twenty-five years of experience researching family history and presents nationally on a variety of topics including ethnic groups and health research. 

David Lowry is the manager of Local Government Advisory Services for the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Albany from 2015 to 2018 where he taught the “Fundamentals of Records Management.” He has over 27 years of experience working with local governments.  

Annette Burke Lyttle, is a professional genealogist whose specialties include research methods, military, other record groups, migration, Quakers, and telling our ancestors’ stories. 

Michel Meyer is currently the Law Librarian at the New York State Library, where he has worked for the last three years. He previously served as Library Director and Professor of Information Literacy at a local college. A graduate of the University at Albany, his interests include chess, Shakespeare, and baseball. He lives in Albany.  

Julie Miller, CG®, CGL®, FNGS, is a professional researcher, speaker, and writer; NGS Conference Committee; former NGS Education Manager. She has written articles in NGSQ and NGS Magazine and spent twenty-one years as a  NARA-Denver volunteer. 

Rhoda Miller, CG® is a native of New York City, a Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, volunteer on many JewishGen projects, author of Jewish Community of Long Island, and Coordinator of a LitvakSIG research group. She holds an Ed.D. in Education Administration, Leadership, and Technology. 

Susan R. Miller, A NYG&B member since 1993, Sue is the Director of Programs; editor of the NYG&B’s award-winning magazine the New York Researcher; and was a managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer

Deryn Pomeroy serves as Trustee and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. Prior to this, she built her career with The Salvation Army, Syracuse University, and The Common Application. Deryn is a board member of the Be The Match Foundation and PBS affiliate WCNY.  

William G. Pomeroy retired from his tech companies CXtec and TERACAI. He established the American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation in part to pursue his passion for family history. A Wharton MBA, Bill received 3 Entrepreneur of the Year awards and currently serves on the NYG&B Board. 

Thomas J. Ruller is the State Archivist of New York, a position he has held since 2015. Tom began his career with the State Archives as a Senior Archivist in 1988. Most recently, Tom served as the Director of Operations for the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department from 2007 to 2015. Tom also served as the Deputy City Historian in his hometown of Gloversville, NY in Fulton County.

Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG®, FUGA, has developed, coordinated, and taught in numerous genealogy education courses at genealogical institutes. She is a popular seminar presenter who has spoken at genealogy conferences and seminars in thirty-three states and on cruise ships. 

Ariel Servadio is a member of the YourStory™ by Gaylord Archival team. In the preservation industry for over 10 years for Gaylord Archival, she helps museums, archives, and conservation professionals to preserve our cultural heritage. Ariel has exhibited and presented mini-sessions at the NERGC and FGS conferences. 

William P. Tatum, III received his BA in History and Anthropology at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, earned his MA and Ph.D. in History at Brown University. In October 2012, Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro appointed him as the Dutchess County Historian.  

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and a professional genealogist. A frequent speaker at events across the nation, Joshua was has been featured on Who Do You Think You Are? and was host of the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.

Matthew Urtz was appointed the Madison County Historian in April of 2010. He also serves on the Cabinet of Freedom for the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, on the Board of Directors for the Preservation Association of Central New York and as the First Vice-President and Region 9 Coordinator for the Association of Public Historians in New York State.  

Pamela Vittorio is an Associate Professor in NYC and a professional genealogist. She frequently lectures on historical and genealogical topics associated with North American Canals. 

Fred Wertz is the NYG&B Director of Digital Services and led the development of the Online Records Platform. He has a Master's degree in History from Fordham University.  

Christopher White is a lifelong Capital District resident and an independent historian and genealogist interested in ethnic, cultural history, and cemetery restoration in the Capital District. He holds a Bachelor's and a Master's in History from the University at Albany. 

Jane E. Wilcox serves on the NY State Archives Advisory Committee and the NYG&B’s NY Family History Advisory Committee. She is the author of the NYG&B’s book on the collections of the NYS Archives. With her company, Forget-Me-Not Ancestry, in Albany, Jane specializes in colonial and early federal NY research.