Case Study Instructors

Bethany Waterbury

Bethany Waterbury Bethany Waterbury, owner of Next of Kin Research, is a full-time professional genealogist with over twelve years of genealogical research experience. She specializes in the use of DNA testing, along with 20th and 21st century research techniques, to resolve complex kinship problems, especially for adoptees and others of unknown parentage. She also identifies missing or unknown heirs for probate cases across the country. Ms. Waterbury is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, and the National Genealogical Society where she was recently appointed to the NGS Committee on Genetic Genealogy.

Eric Stroschein

Eric Stroschein Eric Stroschein is a professional genealogist located in Mount Vernon, Washington. He owns, with his wife Karen, Generations Detective a genealogical research firm. Eric serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and is Chairperson of the Advocacy Committee for the APG. He also serves as a representative on the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Eric is past President of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Eric is in his second term as a board member of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History as well as a course coordinator for the 2016 British Institute. He has also been instrumental in bringing high quality genealogical education to the Pacific Northwest. Eric conceived the idea and helped plan the Northwest Genealogy Conference for two years

Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Angela Packer McGhie, CG Angela Packer McGhie is a professional genealogist, lecturer and instructor. She is a course coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), as well as an instructor at the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records in Washington, D.C., the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.

Angela has served on the education committee for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), as past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG, and as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program. She presently serves as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Education Fund and on the ProGen board of directors.

Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG

Jean Wilcox Hibben Jean Wilcox Hibben, former So. Cal. college speech professor (MA – Speech Communication; PhD – Folklore) is a Board Certified genealogist, national speaker, and author. She is the former director and current staff trainer for the Corona, CA Family History Center, has worked on background research for two genealogy television programs, and hosts podcasts with Gena Philibert-Ortega, promoting their joint venture “GenealogyJourneys”. With almost 40 years of research experience, she is a former board member of APG and current President of its So. Cal. Chapter, VP of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Western Reg. Rep of the Int’l Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and current 1st VP of the Corona Gen. Society. Her website:

Cari Taplin, CG

Cari Taplin Cari Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, she has been working on finding her true heritage since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio now living near Austin, Texas. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and currently serves as the Education Chair for the Austin Genealogical Society and on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking, research and coaching services.