Amy Coffin

We Tree

Amy Coffin ( is a professional genealogist in Houston, Texas. She is the author of The We Tree Genealogy Blog, which was named one of Family Tree Magazine’s “Top 40 Genealogy Blogs” in 2010 and 2011. In her blog, she combines research experience with a healthy dose of humor to inspire others to seek their roots.

She serves on the publicity and marketing committee for the California Genealogical Society and Library. She also is a proud member of several genealogical and historical societies throughout the country that preserve history and promote information access.

Amy has written numerous articles on online search tools and the use of social media in genealogy research. Her latest effort is The Big Genealogy Blog Book to be published in 2011.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti


Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog

MyHeritage Genealogy Blog

International Jewish Graveyard Rabbit

A native New Yorker, Schelly Talalay Dardashti focuses on Jewish genealogy as a journalist, blogger, instructor and international speaker. She has lived in Iran, Israel, California, Nevada and now calls New Mexico home.

In addition to writing “Tracing the Tribe” and the "MyHeritage Genealogy Blog," she serves as's US Genealogy Advisor.

She received the 2010 NGS Award of Excellence for “Ties That Bind” (Sept. 2009, Family Tree Magazine) and several ISFHWE writing awards. Tracing the Tribe was named to Family Tree Magazine's "Best 40 Genealogy Blogs" (2010, 2011), (2008) "101 Best Websites," and's (2009) "25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs."

The former Jerusalem Post genealogy columnist (1999-2005, “It’s All Relative") has credits in many publications, and has held leadership positions in Jewish genealogical and historical societies. 

Schelly's family research covers medieval Spain, Iran, Belarus, Russia and Lithuania, and she co-founded the IberianAshkenaz DNA Project (among others) at



DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, a genealogist, blogger, speaker and webinar host. Her work focuses on topics for beginning genealogists. A retired post-secondary computer instructor, Myrt is the author of DearMYRTLE's Joy of Genealogy (book) and her popular Monthly Organization Checklists. She currently serves on the board of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, where she chairs the annual writing contest.

Dick Eastman

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Dick Eastman has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years. He has worked in the computer industry for more than 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions. By the early 1970’s, Dick was already using a mainframe computer to enter his family data on punch cards. He built his first home computer in 1980.

He is now the author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, which is read by more than 60,000 genealogists all over the world. The newsletter also expanded to two versions: a free version supported by advertising at and a subscription-based Plus Edition at

Jennifer Holik


Jennifer Holik, is a professional genealogist, genealogy educator and author, and the owner of Generations, a genealogical research business.  Holik is also the author of several blogs including, Chicago Family History and Family History Research and has written for local Chicago area genealogical society publications and the National Genealogical Society Magazine. You can contact Jen through email, Facebook, or Twitter!

Linda McCauley

Documenting the Details

Linda became interested in genealogy in 2001 after retiring from a 27-year career in Kentucky State Government. The last 15 years were spent as an analyst for a main-frame computer system which supported several need based programs. She has always lived in Kentucky where three of her grandparents had deep roots. Most of her ancestors lived in the south but she does have a few New England lines. Linda began blogging in December 2009 for the purpose of feeding pieces of the family history to her family.

Gena Philibert Ortega


Gena's Genealogy


Gena Philibert Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy and women's history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout California and the United States as well as virtually to audiences in Europe. Gena is the author of over 100 articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. She is  the author of the books, Putting the Pieces Together, Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and the upcoming book The Family Table: Stories of Preserving Your Heritage in the Kitchen
 (F + W Media, 2012) . Gena serves as Vice-President for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. 

Caroline Pointer


Family Stories

For Your Family Story

"Dead people like to talk. And I like to listen and write their stories down." So goes the description of Caroline Pointer's personal family history blog, Family Stories, where she's been blogging her family's stories for two years.  More recently, she has started a second blog, For Your Family Story, which combines genealogy and family history how-to's and news along with her professional services that she provides.  She describes her goal with this new blog as a place, " get you excited and motivated about finding your family's story - no matter who does the work." Finally, for the past year, Caroline has been the "In2Genealogy" columnist for the footnoteMaven's acclaimed electronic magazine, Shades of the Departed.

Randy Seaver




Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe

Randy Seaver is a native San Diegan, with a mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic States ancestry, with some colonial German, French and Dutch forebears, and several 19th-century English immigrants.  He has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992. 

Randy is a former President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and is currently the Newsletter Editor and Research Chair.  He speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, teaches "Beginning Computer Genealogy" adult classes at OASIS, and writes the Genealogy 2.0 column for the FGS FORUM magazine.  He is a member of NGS, NEHGS, SDGS, CGSSD and CVGS. 

Randy blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings (, The Geneaholic ( and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (

Ginger Smith

Genealogy by Ginger’s Blog

Ginger Smith is a Pharmaceutical Research Scientist by day and an avid genealogist by night. She is currently pursuing an MLS degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a concentration in Archives and Records Management.

She serves as the Board Secretary and Webmaster of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society and is the County Coordinator of the Durham County NC USGenWeb site.

Ginger’s research efforts are concentrated in North Carolina and her main interests lie in using genetic genealogy, social media and collaborative efforts to further genealogical research.