Academy Faculty


Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD

Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JDBlaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Blaine is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook. He also co-authored “Genetics for Genealogy” with Judy Russell in 2018’s Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (ProGen PPS)(Elizabeth Shown Mills, Author and Editor).

Blaine is or has been an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. Blaine is a graduate of ProGen Study Group 21, a trustee for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and a board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG

Jeanne Larzalere BloomJeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories.

Jeanne is a Trustee and the past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Angie Bush, MS

Angie Bush, MSAngie Bush, MS (Biotechnology), BS (Molecular Biology), is the Director of Region 1 for the National Genealogical Society. She is a professional genetic genealogist and has been researching her own family since she was 8 years old. She regularly provides advice regarding genetic genealogy to other genealogists in the Salt Lake City area where she lives with her husband and two descendants. Prior to her involvement with genetic genealogy, she pursued a career in molecular and clinical genetics. Between obtaining her bachelors and masters degrees, she spent several years working in the biotech industry where she gained an in depth, working knowledge of the technologies used in DNA testing. Angie has helped many adoptees to find their biological family through autosomal DNA testing, and is particularly focused on using DNA as a genealogical record to reconstruct relationships and break down brick walls – whether they are recent or several hundred years old.

Angie is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists, International Society of Genetic Genealogists and Utah Genealogical Association.

Apryl Cox, AG

Apryl Cox, AGAn Accredited Genealogist, Apryl is a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer, curriculum author, and university instructor.

She currently conducts client research, teaches family history courses at two universities, serves as the editor for a genealogical research company, and is a genealogist for the Relative Race TV show.

Christy Fillerup

Christy FillerupAs a long-time professional genealogist and former Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly Managing Editor, Christy Fillerup is tenacious in solving complex research problems.

As the Editing Team Lead for Legacy Tree Genealogists, she works with professional researchers from across the globe to translate research findings into an end product that a client can understand and appreciate.

Paul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL

Paul GrahamPaul K. Graham, AG, CG, CGL, is a Senior Genealogist at Ancestry ProGenealogists, where he conducts research for clients and for the television show Who Do You Think You Are?. He specializes in genealogical problem solving across the English-speaking world. Paul is BCG-certified and an ICAPGen Accredited Genealogist professional, and he holds a master’s degree in public history and a professional certificate in geographic information systems. He has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles, including Georgia Courthouse Disasters and Georgia Land Lottery Research. His publications have earned him the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Award for Excellence and the American Society of Genealogists (ASG) Scholar Award, and he is a winner of the NGS Family History Writing Contest. Paul grew up in North Carolina and Georgia and currently resides in Logan, Utah.

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Tom Jones Thomas W. Jones works and plays full-time as a genealogical editor, educator, researcher, and writer. He has lectured at national genealogy conferences since 1996, coedited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, coordinated courses at genealogy institutes since 2006, and taught “Evidence Analysis and Documentation,” in Boston University’s genealogy certificate program. Tom also is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, a popular textbook on genealogical methods.

An active genealogist since his teens, Tom's research encompasses records of most American states and France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy. He specializes, however, in Georgia, the Midwest, Northern Ireland, Upstate New York, and Virginia. Tom writes and speaks frequently on genealogical methods applicable across geographic areas and time periods.

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

J. Mark LoweJ. Mark Lowe describes himself as a lifelong genealogist. He is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark lives in Robertson County, Tennessee just north of Nashville near the Kentucky border.

Mark enjoys opportunities to share what he has learned over the years. He serves as the Course Coordinator for ‘Research in the South’ at IGHR (Georgia Genealogical Society) and also directs Southern courses for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including Finding Your Past, African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events, and provided content for podcasts on Gimlet Media, including Twice Removed.

Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ), the Genealogical Speakers’ Guild SPEAK!, The Longhunter (So. Ky. Genealogical Society), The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society Quarterly and other local society publications. He formerly was President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Karen Matheson

Karen Matheson Karen Matheson enjoys researching, mentoring, teaching, presenting, and sharing her enthusiasm for family history with others! She has been doing genealogical and family history research for more than 20 years and currently works as a Research Manager for Ancestry ProGenealogists in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Karen has volunteered in various capacities and has spent many hours serving the genealogical community. Karen served five years as the Director of the Round Rock (Texas) Family History Center. She is a Past-President of the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society. She served as Chapter Rep for the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, as Secretary of the Texas State Genealogical Society, and as the 2013 Conference Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society conference. Karen was a presenter at the Federation of Genealogical Society’s 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, as well as being a member of the planning committee. Most recently, Karen presented a case study for students of the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January 2018.

Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Angela Packer McGhieAngela Packer McGhie, CG is a professional researcher, lecturer and instructor. She coordinates the Intermediate Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Angela is an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records. She speaks at national and regional conferences, and is an instructor for the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program.

Angela served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program for six years and is now on the board of directors. She is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has published in the APG Quarterly and the NGS Magazine. Angela currently serves a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists Education Fund.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Teresa Steinkamp McMillanTeresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist, author of the Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library, is the owner of Lind Street Research, a company dedicated to helping people discover their German ancestry. She is a popular speaker for national, regional, and local genealogical societies. Recently she created and recorded two courses for Ancestry Academy at She has taught at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Reading German gothic script found in German records prior to the mid-1900s is second nature to her. Researching ancestors in Chicago and other areas of the Midwest is another of Teresa’s specialty areas. She is a multi-year attendee of IGHR and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has taken college-level German classes.

Teresa received a B.S. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana. She began her career at Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture. She was a software consultant for Fortune 500 and smaller companies for over a decade. Teresa designed, programmed, tested, and implemented custom solutions to meet the client’s business needs. She was also involved in training personnel to use those systems. Currently, Teresa is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, as well as many German and local genealogical societies. Teresa chairs the committee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists monthly webinar series. She is the webmaster for the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society in Arlington Heights, Illinois and is a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

Gail Jackson Miller, CG

Gail Jackson MillerGail Jackson Miller, CG, is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer, specializing in Kentucky and Tennessee research. She taught High School Biology for 17 years, including initiating and developing the curriculum for the Advance Placement Biology program in Warren County. Gail helped many students pass the National exam to receive college credit. She also developed curriculum including lesson plans and evaluation instruments for various other high school courses including: College Prep Biology, Anatomy, and Physical Science.

Gail worked with student research for 13 years as a teacher and assisted 10 students with projects who qualified either as participants or alternates to the International Science and Engineering Fair. She was also a Presidential Teacher for the State of Kentucky in 1985. She and her student, a Presidential Scholar, were invited to the White House.

In the summer of 1986, she was invited by the Chinese government and their Academy of Science, Children and Youth Division to discuss advancing student research with Chinese educators in conjunction with a Fulbright Hays group studying Chinese education for six weeks. She taught Chinese high school students for one week during this visit.

Gail was chosen as Kentucky’s Outstanding Biology teacher by the National Association of Biology Teachers for the year 1988-1989. She worked with a National Science Foundation program in the neurosciences for gifted high school students for two years. After leaving the high school classroom, she taught Freshman Biology and Freshman Psychology at Western Kentucky University for six years.

Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie MitchellAnne is a Product Manager at Ancestry working on Ancestry Library, K12, and RootsWeb. She has been a faculty member at SLIG and TIGR. She has lectured for more than a decade on genealogy topics focusing on southern research, Civil War, cluster genealogy, and online search techniques. Anne has developed multiple courses for Ancestry Academy and written and produced many of the short videos on the site.

Before Ancestry, she worked in the internet industry in software development and was a product manager for companies including CNET, Webshots, and Excite@Home. She earned a master’s degree in Computer Science at Purdue University where she taught Computer Science for eight years. In 1989 she was awarded School of Science Teacher of the Year. While at Purdue, she published two textbooks for beginning Computer Science students.

Anne’s passion for history and computers have merged into a lifelong fascination for genealogy and developing methodologies to discover important clues and stories found in historical documents.

Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

Nancy Peters, CGNancy A. Peters, CG, CGL, works as a full-time researcher, author, editor, and lecturer specializing in genealogical problem solving and methodology. She serves as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and as editor of OnBoard, the BCG newsletter. Nancy is incoming coeditor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly in 2019.

She lectures at local and national conferences and has been an instructor for SLIG’s Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum and the BCG Education Fund’s Putting Skills to Work workshop on evidence correlation. Her articles have appeared in the NGSQ and other genealogical publications. Nancy’s client and personal research encompasses the southeastern United States, upstate New York, England, and Germany.

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, is employed as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited Genealogist with ICAPGen in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is the Irish course coordinator and instructor for the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a BA in Family and Local History. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 1997-2000, a national genealogical society umbrella organization, a past-president of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) 1993-1995 and a Fellow of that organization. He is a fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London, and is a vice-president of the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). He is the past Chair of the joint Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society and International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies committee for Record Preservation and Access; serves on the board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and as a trustee for the Umpstead, Jr. and Elizabeth Jemima Philpott Rencher and the Winslow Farr, Sr. Family Organizations. He is vice-president of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History and an instructor for the British Institute.

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Judy Russell The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. A Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications.

On the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and Boston University’s Center for Professional Education, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogistâ„  and Certified Genealogical Lecturerâ„ . Her blog – chosen as one of the American Bar Association’s top 100 in 2013 and 2014 – appears at The Legal Genealogist website (

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Karen Stanbary Karen Stanbary, Certified Genealogist, specializes in DNA analysis, Midwestern, Chicago, and Mexican/Puerto Rican research as well as complex problem-solving. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago.

A regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education program and at other local and national venues, Karen lectures on topics including Genetic Genealogy, Advanced Genetic Genealogy and the Genealogical Proof Standard. She is a coordinator and faculty member at three genealogical institutes—GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. Her ground-breaking, complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly was awarded the NGSQ Award for Excellence.

She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). She serves the Board for Certification of Genealogists as a Trustee and chairs the Genetic Genealogy Standards committee.

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

D. Joshua TaylorD. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. Passionate about family history, Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B). He is also the immediate past president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit, and the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society. In 2017, Joshua was named as one Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers.

The former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Joshua is the author of numerous articles in American Ancestors, UGA Crossroads, FGS Forum, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, New England Ancestors, and other publications. In 2013 he authored “The Keane and Sheahan Families of Bridgeport, Connecticut,” a study of a family’s immigration and life in New England after the Irish famine. He is also the coordinator for courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Judd, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe. At the present time Joshua can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.