Monday, 1 September 2014

Rockstar Genealogists 2014: Who Do You Think They Are?

It's nomination time for the 2014 Rockstar Genealogist survey.
Rockstar genealogists are those who give "must attend" presentations at family history conferences or as webinars. Who, when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy. Who you hang on their every word on a blog, podcast or newsgroup, or follow avidly on Facebook or Twitter?
Voting for 2014 Rockstar Genealogists, the third annual, gets underway soon.
Based on last year's voting, and other input, the following is a list of those already nominated, in alphabetical order. No doubt some are missed. If you have additional suggestions please send a nomination in a comment by 6 September.
Despite this open invitation every year I get comments, too late, along the lines of "how could you possibly have missed Mary Bloggs?" If you have a blog or do social media please let your readers know of this nomination opportunity, and let them know when voting starts in about a week.
Lisa Alzo
Dave Annal
Lesley Anderson
Jen Baldwin
Jill Ball
Nick Barratt
Claire Bettag
Kyle Betit
Blaine Bettinger
Warren Bittner
Paul Blake
Katherine Borges
Diane Boumenot
Jana Sloan Broglin
Ruth Burkholder
Peter Calver
Paul Carter
Pauleen Cass
Colin Chapman
Else Churchill
Kristin Cleage
John Philip Colletta
Audrey Collins
Lisa Louise Cooke
Crista Cowen
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Jackie Depelle
Gail Dever
Richard M Doherty
Sue Donaldson
Brian Donovan
Marie Dougan
Bruce Durie
Dick Eastman
Roberta Estes
Kerry Farmer
Janet Few
Colleen Fitzpatrick
Fiona Fitzsimons
Angela Gallagher
Michael Gandy
Heather Garnsey
Bill Gladstone 
Maurice Gleeson
Chris Goopy
Julie Goucher
Jan Gow
Kirsty Gray
John Grenham
Bennett Greenspan
Diane Haddad
Michael Hait
John Hanson
Alison Hare
Celia Heritage
Jean Wilcox Hibben
Shauna Hicks
Kathryn Lake Hogan
Yvette Hoitink
David Holman
Daniel Horowitz
Cyndi Ingle
Sherry Irvine
Tim Janzen
Hank Z. Jones
Tamura Jones
Thomas W. Jones
Debbie Kennett
Tessa Keough
Martyn Killion
Turi King
Taneya Koonce
Eric Kopittke
Rosemary Kopittke
Michael J. Leclerc
J. Mark Lowe
Dan Lynch
Paul MacCotter
Thomas MacEntee
Jane MacNamara
Ken McKinlay
Leland Meitzler
Brenda Dougall Merriman
Elizabeth Shown Mills
Paul Milner
CeCe Moore
George G. Morgan
Rosemary Morgan
Stephen P. Morse
Michelle Nichols
Janice Nickerson
Dianne Seale Nolin
Maria Northcote
Dave Obee
Denise Olson
Beryl O'Gorman
Gena Philibert Ortega
Frances Owen
Chris Paton
Marian Pierre-Louis
Chris Pomery
Elissa Scalise Powell
Kimberly Powell
Laura Prescott
Marian Press
Tony Proctor
Terrence Punch
Geoff Rasmussen
Linda Reid
David Rencher
Pat Richley-Erickson (DearMyrtle)
Christine Rose
William Roulston
Judy G. Russell
Claire Santry
Gary Schroder
Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Craig Scott
Randy Seaver
Sharon Sergeant
Jayne Shrimpton
Joseph Shumway
Drew Smith
Megan Smolenyak
Steven C. Smyrl
Louise St. Denis
Roy Stockdill
Paula Stuart-Warren
Geoff Swinfield
Loretto Szucs
James Tanner
D. Joshua Taylor
Maureen Taylor
James F.S. Thomson
John Titford
Alec Tritton
Helen Tovey
Sylvie Tremblay
Judy Webster
Sharn White
Curt B. Witcher
Russ Worthington
Glenn Wright


Candice McDonald said...

Diane Nolin. I follow her blog "Genealogy: Beyond the BMD", as well as belong to her Facebook group by the same name.

Randy Seaver said...

John, Cyndi Howells is now known as Cyndi Ingle.

Hilary Gadsby said...

Can I suggest Russ Worthington he does a lot to help users of Family Tree Maker with his blog. He also helps Pat Richley Erickson with her video blogging and was a copresenter at Rootstech and has recently done a Legacy Family Tree webinar.

Judy G. Russell said...

Let's get some more international folks in this! Yvette Hoitink writes Dutch Genealogy.

Kirsty Gray said...

Agree with Judy G. Russell - just met Yvette Hoitink (member of the Society of One-Place Studies and ProGenie) at WDYTYA Glasgow.

Agree also with Hilary Gadsby - Russ is superb and definitely deserves to be included in the nominees.

Debbie Kennett said...

Can I suggest:

1) Colin Chapman who is an excellent lecturer and speaks on a variety of topics

2) Blaine Bettinger who writes The Genetic Genealogist blog and has lectured at various conferences in the US

3) Janet Few who lectures on a wide range of subjects:

4) Chris Pomery who lectures on DNA testing and surname projects amongst other subjects:

Anonymous said...

Schelly Talalay Dardashti presents at many regional, nattional and international conferences, has the very popular Tracing the Tribe Facebook site (was a blog previously) and last week received 1st place in the 2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Articles category from the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors for “The Other Side of Jewish Genealogy: Learn how to get started exploring your Sephardic roots” published in the May/June 2013 issues of Family Tree Magazine.

Lee Masson said...

How about Lorine McGinnis Schulze of Olive Tree Genealogy blog?

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Thanks for the nomination David. I would like to nominate the following extraordinary social media genealogists:

Julie Goucher from Anglers Rest, but also for her innovative Book of Me and the Worldwide Genealogy blog.

Chris Goopy from As They Were blog and prime leader in the Co Clare Facebook group.

Maria Northcote for her Genies Down Under podcasts.

Kristin Cleage from Finding Eliza blog for her personal and general background to African American family history.

Sue Donaldson from Family History Fun (a grassroots Scottish and English perspective).

So many more great people I could add.

Anonymous said...

Spenser Wells


Jill Ball said...

I'll second some of the new nominations.
I'd also like to nominate:
* Denise Olson of the Moultrie Creek Gazette. The geneatech knowledge she shares is top notch.
* Michelle Nichols who has an Order of Australia "For service to the community through the preservation of the history of the Hawkesbury District." Michelle is an author, blogger, presenter, Society of Australian Genealogists Committee member and voluntary database administrator for several free Australian genealogy sites.

Nathan Murphy said...

Joseph Shumway has been on 4 or 5 of the US WDYTYA.

magzer said...

Fiona Fitzsimons and Brian Donovan of Eneclann

Barbara Scanlon said...

Dr. Paul McCotter - I met him this summer when he gave several workshops at the Ancestral Connections Conference at UCC.

Acew said...

My nomination is Debbie Cruwys Kennett. When I was a newbie she took time to my answer emails when I am sure she must have had far better things to do. On top of this I always look forward to any information she has because I find her posts to be well-informed and for her willingness to debunk myth from fact.

Catherine Christie said...

Divided between Chris Paton for UK records, and my favorite of all times Dick Eastman, believe me, you will learn from this guy, big time.


Chris Bond said...

Judy Russell....what a dynamic presenter! And you can tell she loves what she does.