16 January 2012

Who are the genealogy rock stars?

Who gives "must attend" presentations at genealogy conferences?  Who is it, when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy? Those are the genealogy rock stars. Who are they? Please leave your nomination as a comment, which you can do anonymously. You can even nominate yourself!

To save being overwhelmed by nominations I've primed the pump with a selection of genealogists, mainly British, Canadian and US . I've surely left off some worthy candidates, don't hesitate to nominate them wherever they live.

Nominations will be open until 22 January. Then we'll have a round of voting. Separate lists will be compiled by country where the voter lives to take national preferences into account.

Here's the nomination list so far:

Anthony Adolph, Lesley Anderson, Nick Barratt, Else Churchill, Audrey Collins, Lisa Louise Cooke, Dick Eastman, Colleen Fitzpatrick, John Grenham, Alison Hare, Mark D. Herber, Sherry Irvine, Thomas W. Jones, Thomas MacEntee, Brenda Dougall Merriman, Elizabeth Shown Mills, George G. Morgan, Dave Obee, Chris Paton, Randy Seaver, Drew Smith, Megan Smolenyak, Kurt B. Witcher, Glenn Wright.


Greta Koehl said...

I would add Christine Rose, Warren Bittner, Pat Richley-Erickson, Craig Scott, and Claire Bettag to the list.

MelMcL said...

I would like to nominate the following for their contributions to Irish research:

Brian Mitchell
James G. Ryan

Douglas Hill said...

I nominate Janice Nickerson of Upper Canada Genealogy.

Randy Seaver said...

I nominate Jean Wilcox Hibben, Gena Philibert Ortega, Jana Sloan Broglin, Lisa Alzo, Leland Meitzler, Stephen P. Morse, Loretto Szucs, and more when I think of them.

Debbie Kennett said...

I would add Michael Gandy who is an expert on London records and delivers an interesting talk without the aid of Powerpoint.

Cannuk said...

Here are my nominations:

Win -- Else Churchill. She is a top flight genealogist. She knows the latest of the latest, and the bureaucracy behind it. She negotiates well and represents amateur genealogists excellently. She is friendly, warm and has a great sense of humour. Her sessions are always entertaining as well as informative. She writes well, too. She give attention to non-high tech research in fair proportion with high tech. Least parochial attitude, IMHO.

Place -- Lisa Louise Cooke. She is warm, friendly, very knowledgeable, gives excellent interviews and educationals, but too parochial to the USA and slightly too oriented to high tech. However, she strongly leans to Google, which is free and what she teaches can be adapted to other countries.

Show -- Elizabeth Shown Mills because she is the only one who has seriously tackled what most people consider the very dry topic of citations and sources, and has pretty much become the genealogy standard.

Judy Gauthier said...

I suggest Marion Press - an expert in using Social Media.

BDM said...

Sharon Sergeant, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Alison Hare, Tom Jones, Michael Hiatt ... and thanks for your confidence, JDR!

Anonymous said...

Re 'Separate lists will be compiled by country where the voter lives to take national preferences into account': I live in Australia but my favourite speakers are from the UK and Canada.