09 October 2017

Rockstar Genealogist Nominations are Open

I've had several queries about the Rockstar Genealogist poll. So, by popular demand, nominations are now open for the 2017 edition, the 6th year, of Rockstar Genealogist.

Below is a list of those pre-nominated, mainly based on previous years.The pruning from last year's list has been severe, significantly greater than previous years. Some of my own favourites are missing.

Don't despair if a person you favour is not there. The list is open for further nominations until 2pm ET Saturday 14 October. As people who proved to get few votes were previously nominated two nominations will now be required. To do so send an email with your name, contact information and reason for the nomination, see the criteria below, to johndreid at gmail dot com. Then arrange for someone else to nominate. I will verify and only include those I judge have a fair chance of rating in the top ten for their country/region.

I anticipate voting will start on 15 October.

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. For clarity, it's about communication and influence not who's the best researcher.

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.

The nominees are:

Jill Ball, Australia/NZ
Nick Barratt, UK
Blaine Bettinger, USA
Angie Bush, USA
Peter Calver, UK
Pauleen Cass, Australia/NZ
Else Churchill, UK
Audrey Collins, UK
Schelly Talalay Dardashti, Israel USA
Gail Dever, Canada
Brian Donovan, Ireland
Lisa Louise Cooke, USA
Bruce Durie, UK
Dick Eastman, USA
Roberta Estes, USA
Janet Few, UK
Fiona Fitzsimons, Ireland
Heather Garnsey, Australia/NZ
Maurice Gleeson, Ireland
Chris Goopy, Australia/NZ
Jan Gow Australia/NZ
Kirsty Gray, UK
John Grenham, Ireland
Celia Heritage, UK
Shauna Hicks, Australia/NZ
Kathryn Lake Hogan, Canada
Yvette Hoitink, Netherlands
Daniel Horowitz, Israel
Cyndi Ingle, USA
Debbie Kennett, UK
Thomas MacEntee, USA
Jane MacNamara, Canada
CeCe Moore, USA
Dave Obee, Canada
Lynn Palermo, Canada
Michelle Patient, Australia/NZ
Chris Paton, UK
David Pike, Canada
Mike Quackenbush, Canada
Judy G Russell, USA
Claire Santry, Ireland
Lorine McGinnis Schulze, Canada
Helen V. Smith, Australia/NZ
Megan Smolenyak, USA
Diahan Southard, USA
D. Joshua Taylor, USA
Alona Tester, Australia/NZ
Judy Webster, Australia/NZ
Sharn White, Australia/NZ
Katherine R. Willson, USA
Christine Woodcock, Canada
Glenn Wright, Canada


Celia Lewis said...

I couldn't find Judy Russell in the R's and gasped!
Ohhhh, there she is - in the G's: Judy G Russell.
Too funny. Whew. My #1.
Thanks so much for doing this, John. I've found a few new-to-me genealogists each year.

Rebekah said...

How do I get Angie Bush, Lara Dimond, and Leah Larkin nominated? I cannot believe they are not on the list.

JDR said...

Rebekah: It's not difficult. Just follow the instructions.

Sharon said...

Claire Santry is there so I'm happy.

Lilian's Tree said...

Where is the link, please

JDR said...

Lilian: Read the call blog post carefully to understand the nomination process.

John McConkey said...

Do you really need an email, John? If so I will send one to nominate James Thomson.

Judy Webster said...

I'm grateful for the fact that someone took the trouble to nominate me, but I prefer not to be listed this year. Thanks.