Thursday, 19 January 2012

Genealogy rock star nominations update

Here's the list of nominations with the additions to date.

Anthony Adolph, Lisa Alzo, Lesley Anderson, Nick Barratt, Claire Bettag, Warren Bittner, Jana Sloan Broglin, Else Churchill, Audrey Collins, Lisa Louise Cooke, Dick Eastman, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Michael Gandy, John Grenham, Michael Hiatt, Alison Hare, Mark D. Herber, Jean Wilcox Hibben, Sherry Irvine, Thomas W. Jones, Thomas MacEntee, Leland Meitzler, Brenda Dougall Merriman, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Brian Mitchell, George G. Morgan, Stephen P. Morse, Janice Nickerson, Dave Obee, Gena Philibert Ortega, Chris Paton, Marion Press, Pat Richley-Erickson, Christine Rose, James G. Ryan, Craig Scott, Randy Seaver, Sharon Sergeant, Drew Smith, Megan Smolenyak, Loretto Szucs, Kurt B. Witcher, Glenn Wright.


You have until January 22nd to make additional nomination; just put them in a comment. There are some I'm surprised I haven't received!


18 comments:

Glenn W said...

I can add a couple of names that have yet to be mentioned ... Christopher Watts (from England) who will be speaking at the OGS Conference this year, and our own Louise St. Denis. Both are confident, well-informed and informative speakers ...

Lesley Anderson said...

I would like to nominate Gary Schroder as well.

Elayne Lockhart said...

I would like to nominate James F.S. Thomson, popular lecturer and speaker for Toronto Branch OGS courses and workshops.

Jean said...

I would add John Philip Colletta who makes family history writing so exciting, not to mention his other areas of expertise. Another has to be J. Mark Lowe.

Judy Webster said...

I would like to add Martyn KILLION, Heather GARNSEY and Shauna HICKS. I have travelled vast distances (and would do so again) to hear talks by Michael GANDY. He is knowledgeable, entertaining, and a delightful man who mingles and chats with conference attendees. I have heard him speak many times in Australia and New Zealand, and once in the UK. Other nominated speakers whom I've heard and rank highly are Sherry IRVINE, Elizabeth Shown MILLS and Chris PATON (and Chris WATTS, added in Glenn's comment).

Helen V Smith said...

Oh this is hard as there are a number of fantastic speakers and how to choose among them.
From Australia: Shauna Hicks, Heather Garnsey, Judy Webster, Carol Baxter, Kerry Farmer.
From the UK Michael Gandy (brilliant speaker, can keeep an audience enthralled!),Audrey Collins, if you haven't heard her speak at a conference have a listen to some of the UK National Archives podcasts and you will hear what I mean, Chris Paton. From Canada: Sherry Irvine. From the USA: Megan Smolyenak, Lisa Louise Cook, Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Alzo.

Focus Grandma! FOCUS!! said...

You have a great list, maybe I am missing her, but Marian Pierre-Louis. I have enjoyed her Webinars, actually more than just enjoyed! She is awesome and gets me really excited about researching in New England.

Scott said...

I’m surprised that no one has recommended Dan Lynch – author of “Google Your Family Tree”. Over the years I have attended countless presentations and have witnessed very few, if any, presenters as animated and informative as Dan Lynch. The first presentation that I attended of Dan’s was completely packed, standing room only with over 150 participants. As I recall, they were turning people away before the presentation had even begun. I dare say that I learned more in one hour of listening to Dan than the entire three days of the conference combined. I have heard others share similar experiences – apparently a common occurrence no matter where he speaks. His knowledge of search technology, along with his experience in family history make him a must see!

Judy Webster said...

Scott, I totally agree with your comments about Dan LYNCH. The only reason I didn't nominate him myself was that a friend told me she was doing so. I heard Dan's talks in Brisbane and I learnt so much! I really like his presentation style.

Anonymous said...

The best genealogy speaker I’ve heard is Dan Lynch. I use the tips learned at his lectures every day!

Shelley Bishop said...

I'd like to nominate Paula Stuart-Warren, a great genealogy speaker and a caring, knowledgable instructor. I would also add D. Joshua Taylor for his dynamic, information-packed presentations.

Anonymous said...

I am from Cairns and have not had the chance to hear many of the overseas speakers mentioned. I did hear Dan Lynch at an the Unlock the Past Roadshow in Brisbane a year ago and he was great also Louise st Denis.

I have heard some wonderful Australian speakers, Shauna Hicks always great value, Judy Webster did a great session here and is so knowledgeable, I'd travel to hear her talk. Helen Smith did a number of sessions here and she is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable speaker on a range of topics. Who knew there were so many names for venereal disease?

Jennifer

Judy Webster said...

Thanks to Helen and Jennifer for their nominations. Jennifer, you commented as Anonymous so I can't contact you direct, but I wanted to let you know that I will be speaking in Cairns again on 3rd May 2012.

Crissouli said...

I would like to make a number of nominations...
from Ireland... Larry Brennan, Eric Shaw, Fíona de Buitléir ... all from Clare Roots Society
also Jane Lyons ( www.from-ireland.net/ )
Angela Gallagher The Silver Voice also from Ireland.

From Australia, Judy Webster, Pauline Cass, Beryl O'Gorman.. Barbara Hall who has done an amazing amount of work in researching early convict history..

from Canada, Bob Norton from Bob's Genealogy
from the US, Janet Maher from Maher's Matters ..

the list could be much longer as there are so many who contribute in all manner of ways to aid others.

Dan Lynch said...

Thanks to those who shared kind remarks...a list like this is SO hard because there are truly so many good speakers covering such a wide range of topics from all over the world. I think the definition of 'rock star' really would depend upon the topic someone is interested in.

Jill Ball said...

For their passion, subject knowledge and presentation skills I'm nominating Audrey Collins from England, Curt Witcher from the US and Carol Baxter from Australia.

Shauna Hicks said...

Thanks to those who nominated me, there are some really good speakers in this list. My nominations would be Martyn Killion (Australian)Dan Lynch (USA)Chris Paton (UK) and Jan Gow (New Zealand). It's a bit hard for us Aussies as we don't get a lot of opportunity to hear overseas speakers.

Gypsy30 said...

My all time favorite is George K. Schweitzer