27 August 2016

Rockstar Genealogist nominations are open

Nominations are open closed for the 2016 edition, the 5th year, of Rockstar Genealogist. Below is a list of those pre-nominated, mainly based on previous years omitting names of those who received few votes last year. The list is open for further nominations until noon EDT Friday 2 September. Do so by posting a comment below. Voting starts on 3 September.

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. If you hang on their every word on a blog, podcast or newsgroup, or follow avidly on Facebook or Twitter they are likely Rockstar candidates.

Anyone on the list who would prefer not to be ranked please let me know at johndreid at gmail dot com. Your name will appear, so voters will understand it isn't an omission, with an indication that any votes will not be tabulated. That's the case with Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Here's advice for those wanting to make additional nominations. Each year nominations are received for local genealogy heroes who don't gather very many votes. Each year those without a national and usually international profile fail to make the final rankings. Frivolous nominations will be rejected at my sole discretion including those who cannot be found through a Google search using the name and the word genealogy.

The nominees are:

Lisa Alzo (USA)
Lesley Anderson (CAN)
Jen Baldwin (USA)
Jill Ball (ANZ)
Nick Barratt (UK)
Kyle Betit (USA)
Claire Bettag (USA)
Kenyatta D. Berry (USA)
Blaine Bettinger (USA)
Warren Bittner (USA)
Ruth Blair (CAN)
Paul Blake (UK)
Katherine Borges (USA)
Joe Buggy (IRE)
Ruth Burkholder (CAN)
Peter Calver (UK)
Pauleen Cass (ANZ)
Colin Chapman (UK)
Shannon Christmas (USA)
Else Churchill (UK)
Kristin Cleage (USA)
John Philip Colletta (USA)
Audrey Collins (UK)
Shannon Combs-Bennett (USA)
Lisa Louise Cooke (USA)
Kitty Cooper (USA)
Crista Cowen (USA)
Amy Crow (USA)
Schelly Talalay Dardashti (OTH) (USA)
Jackie Depelle (UK)
Gail Dever (CAN)
Richard M Doherty (USA)
William Dollarhide (USA)
Brian Donovan (IRE)
Marie Dougan (UK)
Bruce Durie (UK)
Daniel Earl (CAN)
Dick Eastman (USA)
Valerie S. Elkins (USA)
Roberta Estes (USA)
Kerry Farmer (ANZ)
Janet Few (UK)
Colleen Fitzpatrick (USA)
Fiona Fitzsimons (IRE)
Michael Gandy (UK)
Heather Garnsey (ANZ)
Maurice Gleeson (UK) (IRE)
Chris Goopy (ANZ)
Paul Gorry (IRE)
Julie Goucher (UK)
Jan Gow (ANZ)
Kirsty Gray (UK)
Bennett Greenspan (USA)
John Grenham (IRE)
Diane Haddad (USA)
Michael Hait (USA)
Alison Hare (CAN)
Celia Heritage (UK)
Jean Wilcox Hibben (USA)
Shauna Hicks (ANZ)
Kathryn Lake Hogan (CAN)
Yvette Hoitink (OTH)
Daniel Horowitz (OTH)
Paul Howes (UK)
Cyndi Ingle (USA)
Sherry Irvine (CAN)
Tim Janzen (USA)
Hank Z. Jones (USA)
Paul Jones (CAN)
Tamura Jones (USA)
Thomas W. Jones (USA)
Debbie Kennett (UK)
Tessa Keough (USA)
Martyn Killion (ANZ)
Turi King (UK)
Taneya Koonce (USA)
Rosemary Kopittke (ANZ)
Michael D. Lacopo (USA)
Peggy Lauritzen (USA)
Michael J. Leclerc (USA)
J. Mark Lowe (USA)
Dan Lynch (USA)
Thomas MacEntee (USA)
Jane MacNamara (CAN)
Rosalind McCutcheon (IRE)
David McDonald (USA)
Ken McKinlay (CAN)
Leland Meitzler (USA)
Brenda Dougall Merriman (CAN)
Elizabeth Shown Mills (USA, not tabulated)
Paul Milner (USA)
CeCe Moore (USA)
George G. Morgan (USA)
Stephen P. Morse (USA)
Janice Nickerson (CAN)
Maria Northcote (ANZ)
Dave Obee (CAN)
Lynn Palermo (CAN)
Michelle Patient (ANZ)
Israel Pickholtz (OTH)
Gena Philibert Ortega (USA)
Chris Paton (UK)
Marian Pierre-Louis (USA)
David Pike (CAN)
Chris Pomery (UK)
Elissa Scalise Powell (USA)
Kimberly Powell (USA)
Laura Prescott (USA)
Marian Press (CAN)
Rebecca Probert (UK)
Tony Proctor (UK)
Terrence Punch (CAN)
Mike Quackenbush (CAN)
Geoff Rasmussen (USA)
Linda Reid (CAN)
David Rencher (USA)
Pat Richley-Erickson (USA)
Christine Rose (USA)
William Roulston (UK), (IRE)
Judy G. Russell (USA)
Claire Santry (IRE)
Gary Schroder (CAN)
Lorine McGinnis Schulze (CAN)
George K. Schweitzer (USA)
Craig Scott (USA)
Randy Seaver (USA)
Jayne Shrimpton (UK)
Joseph Shumway (USA)
Drew Smith (USA)
Helen V Smith (ANZ)
Marian L. Smith (USA)
Megan Smolenyak (USA)
Steven C. Smyrl (IRE)
Diahan Southard (USA)
Louise St. Denis (CAN)
Roy Stockdill (UK)
Paula Stuart-Warren (USA)
Geoff Swinfield (UK)
Loretto (Lou) Szucs (USA)
James Tanner (USA)
Jane Taubman (USA)
D. Joshua Taylor (USA)
Kerryn Taylor  (ANZ)
Maureen Taylor (USA)
Mary M. Tedesco (USA)
Alona Tester (ANZ)
James F.S. Thomson (CAN)
John Titford (UK)
Alec Tritton (UK)
Helen Tovey (UK)
Judy Webster (ANZ)
Sharn White (ANZ)
Kirsty Wilkinson(UK)
Katherine R. Willson (USA)
Curt B. Witcher (USA)
Russ Worthington (USA)
Glenn Wright (CAN)
Christine Woodcock (CAN)


Unknown said...

Proud to be included again, thank you - please add Caroline Gurney UK

Anonymous said...

Paul Howes (UK)

Judy Webster said...

I nominate Martyn KILLION (Australia)

Janice Nickerson said...

I nominate Daniel Earl. He gave a truly excellent presentation at this year's PhD conference - The genealogy NINJA.

Linda said...

I just would like to 2nd the nomination for Christine Woodcock. It is because of her ongoing work that I have begun to search my Scottish ancestors. Not an easy thing to do!

Brenda Leyndyke said...

I would like to nominate Katherine Willson, USA.

Celia Lewis said...

Diane Boumenot (One Rhode Island Family). USA
Although her website is detailed for research in Rhode Island, her search methods, her amazing digging into a wide variety of resources, her approach to genealogy - all those make her site excellent for learning more about 'how' to research. Much like J.Mark Lowe who teaches so well about the actual process of research while teaching how using a particular state's resources.

Kirsty Gray said...

Linda .... I am glad I nominated Christine Woodcock last year. She did really well in 2015 and I hope she gets a lot of votes for her hard work in the genealogical community.

Candice McDonald said...

I would like to nominate Stephen White. He's an American who works out of the University of Moncton. His work on the Acadians is THE go-to source for Acadian Research.

Shelley said...

I would like to nominate Ivy Sucee of Peterborough, Ontario. Ivy has worked tirelessly over the years to educate people about Dr. Thomas Barnardo and the Barnardo children in Canada, particularly those who arrived, where educated and lived/died in Peterborough. Ivy has successfully fundraised on numerous occasions and lobbied Peterborough City Council in order to erect monuments to recognize Dr. Barnardo and the children's final resting place. As the subject matter expert, this is a cause very dear to Ivy as her father was a Home Child. She has devoted countless hours and time to this endeavour.

Don Hill said...

I nominate Mary Love (Hayley) Berryman of Tyler, Texas, USA. A search will result in a lifetime of work. She deserves a lifetime achievement award.

Kim MacDermid Campbell said...

Christine Woodcock gets my vote. She is excellent!! Before I even took her webinar, she offered to look at my tree and set me on the right path...er ...trunk.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Joe Buggy from Ireland. He runs the blog, 'Townland of Origin'in which he endeavours to bring a wide range of interesting genealogy topics to the attention of others. Joe authored the book, 'Researching your Irish Ancestors in New York City.' He also lectures at many Irish events.

Unknown said...

Paul Gorry (IRE)

Unknown said...

Paul Gorry (IRE)

JNicLiam said...

Rosalind McCutcheon
I would like to nominate Roz who has done so much work on Irish Genealogy, with her Early Irish Birth, Marriage and Death indexes. She has made the Registry of Deeds so much more understandable and usable for us with her lectures and handouts on this subject. Her talks are always hugely entertaining and her courses are a sell out.

Anonymous said...

Fergus Smith (Scotland)

LDC said...

I'd like to nominate Shannon Combs-Bennett. I always learn tons from her presentations!

Katherine R. Willson said...

I would like to nominate the AMAZING IDG (In Depth Genealogist: theindepthgenealogist.com) ladies: Jennifer Alford, Terri O'Connell, Shannon Combs Bennett - these ladies are always at the national conferences, providing education and resources to the attendees, and all are outstanding presenters!

Anonymous said...

Declan Tracey of Wexford

Linda Sullivan-Simpson said...

I nominate Sandra Goodwin of Maple Stars and Stripes

Susan said...

Dianne Seale Nolin (CAN)

Susan said...

Dianne Seale Nolin (CAN) Blogger - Beyond the BMD

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Anne Mordel from the French Genealogy Blog. Her blog is truly helpful for those of us who research in France.
Thank you. Annick H.

Anonymous said...

Shannon Combs Bennett TNT Family History

GeniAus said...

Jane Taubman is from the UK not the US. She does great work with Family Historian support by runni g user groups. Her residential courses are fantastic.

GeniAus said...

I seco d that. Martyn is a quiet achiever

Kerryn Taylor said...

I would like to nominate Merron Riddiford (Australia) blogger of Western district families.

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate Emma Jolly

Unknown said...

Mags Gaulden & Marc Snelling - What a great Idea the Swab-A-Thon was Here in Ottawa, to teach people about how great Genetic Genealogy is as a tool for Genealogy. I see from social media that this event is local and international in the interest it has generated.

Unknown said...

Mags Gaulden & Marc Snelling - What a great Idea the Swab-A-Thon was Here in Ottawa, to teach people about how great Genetic Genealogy is as a tool for Genealogy. I see from social media that this event is local and international in the interest it has generated.