17 September 2013

Rockstar Genealogists: "Gold Medalists"

Join me in congratulating those receiving the most votes by those living in the specified countries/areas, the "gold medallists."

Australia/New Zealand
Jill Ball
Jill describes herself as an amateur Australian genealogist excited by Web2.0 applications. During her working life prior to "retirement" Jill was a Librarian, Teacher and Head of Information Technology. Jill's blog is Geniaus. Listen to an interview recorded at Roots\tech 2013 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjOssuJhsHc

Chris Paton
A former television producer and director on BBC history programmes, Chris is a Scottish-based genealogist, writer, lecturer and educator. He is perhaps best known in Canada for his British GENES blog, and having lectured at conferences in Ottawa, Toronto (also in Australia). Chris is an instructor with Pharos Teaching and |Tutoring
Chris will be a featured presenter at the Ontaio Genealogical Society conference in May 2014 hosted by the Niagara Peninsula Branch of OGS. Find information on Chris at
and an extract from a talk at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYYfmPRe9Xs

Kirsty Gray
Number one with a bullet, Kirsty tops this list in the first year nominated.
Best known as Chairman of the Guild of One-Name Studies (www.one-name.org) having served as Secretary for six years, more recently, Kirsty has co-founded the Society for One-Place Studies (www.one-place-studies.org).
Kirsty, who has a science and teaching background, has her own company Family Wise Limited, is Director of English Studies with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and is a popular writer and speaker on genealogical topics.

Elizabeth Shown Mills
For the second year the top-rated Rockstar Genealogist, as voted by US residents, is Elizabeth Shown Mills. Almost half (49%) the US residents who voted did so for Elizabeth by a large margin. For those who would like to know of her work further I suggest reading this profile and visiting her Historic Pathways website. Also watch this short video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lY42QvEaV88
These are our Superstar Genealogists.
Over the next few days, starting with Australia/New Zealand tomorrow, the blog will reveal the top ten Rockstar Genealogists in each nation/area.


GeniAus said...


I am absolutely thrilled and humbled to find myself in the company of these geneagiants.

Thank you so much for organising this activity and for giving Australia and NZ our own category in the awards. I just can't believe that I have been chosen as the downunder choice from the list of very worthy contenders.

Congratulations to all who were nominated. It is an honour to be recognized by one's peers.

Cheers, Jill

Chris Paton said...

Thanks Canada, very flattered - see you all again soon in Ontario! And congrats to all who were nominated and to other winners!

Fiona Tellesson said...

Well deserved +Jill Ball and congratulations also to +Chris Paton.
We need this type of celebration to spread the word and who doesn't love a Rock Star!

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Congratulations to all these great genie rockstars who inspire us with their writing and knowledge. Well done To our Down Under gold medLlist, Jill!!