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Our Speaker Lineup


Upper Canada Genealogy

Her expertise includes Upper Canadian history, Ontario criminal justice records, turning bare bones genealogies into shareable family stories, and using genealogy gifts and games to create a legacy. In addition to helping her private clients discover their ancestral heritage, Janice does heir searching for provincial Public Trustees, writes and lectures on a variety of genealogical topics. 


 Archives of Ontario

Serge Paquet is a Reference Archivist at the Archives of Ontario.  Since 1990, Serge areas of responsibility at the Archives have included vital statistics, newspapers education records and land records.  Serge’s past presentations to Ontario  Ancestors include pre-1869 birth, marriage and death records, Crown land records, records of the Canada Company, and private records from the War of 1812. 


Digital Genealogist & Photographer

Art has been working with computers and scanners since the mid-1990s. He has contributed several guest posts to Curtis Bisel’s blog, Scan Your Entire Life; is an active member of the FaceBook group Technology for Genealogy; several local community Remember When— FB groups, and some genealogy society branch groups


Professional Genealogist and Speaker

Lianne combines her love of technology with her love of genealogy to help others research their family with #NoTears. She has articles published by BYU, Ancestry and FamilySearch, and spoken in Canada, Britain, Utah including RootsTech, and webinars for AGS, BIFHSGO, NGS, Legacy FamilyTree, Ontario Ancestors, Surname Society, Vivid-Pix and VGS. 


Genealogy Educator and Blogger

Lynn Palermo is a genealogy educator who offers down-to-earth advice for researching your family history through her blog, The Armchair Genealogist. Lynn believes in the power of story and teaches family historians how to turn their research into entertaining stories in The Family History Writing Studio.



Paul Barber has been an avid researcher for over 30 years. With a strong Ontario base, and some U.S., not too mention a great deal of UK studies, with 91% Ireland/Scotland and England. 


 Certified Archives Manager

Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She lectures, teaches and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation.


Professional Genealogist and Speaker

John Boeren, LLM, PLCGS is a genealogy professional in the Netherlands with 30+ years of experience. He started his business, called ‘Antecedentia | Genealogy in the Netherlands,’ in January 2015.


Award-winning Librarian

Elise C. Cole is an award-winning librarian with the Oakville Public Library, where she started in Local Collections in 1999 and was involved with numerous projects including the creation of the Oakville Images and Oakville Newspaper databases, and establishing the Genealogy Collection.


Genealogist and Author

Linda Corupe, U.E., has authored over 50 books on genealogy and history over the past 40 years.  The descendant of a United Empire Loyalist from the Napanee, Ontario area, her early forays into publishing covered vital statistics and census, mainly of the Bay of Quinte region. 


Avid Genealogist

A native of London, Ontario, Arun Konanur has been an avid genealogist since 2005, primarily researching his own lines. In 2020 he founded Discovering New Ancestors, to apply his research strategies to the challenges faced by others. 


Librarian and Archivist

Charmaine Lindsay is a retired librarian/archivist with over 35 years experience in research, public programming, community partnerships and administration of public institutions. She has a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Archival Studies from George Brown College.


Educational Technologist and Genealogist

Gordon McBean is a retired Educational Technologist and a genealogist with over 50 years experience in each. He has experienced the growth of technology in both fields. He has been a technology and a genealogical educator delivering a variety of topics. 


Professional genealogy researcher and Lecturer

Tara Shymanski is a professional genealogy researcher and lecturer. She has a BA in history and completed 40 courses to graduate from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.   Tara has lectured at conferences in United States, Western Canada, and the local genealogy society and Family History Centre.  



Laura J. Smith is a historian of the Irish and of Roman Catholics in early Ontario. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. She is a historical consultant for the Ireland Park Foundation. 


Professional Genealogist

Professional genealogist Tammy Tipler- Priolo BASc, PLCGS resides in Alliston, Ontario with her husband. She was born and raised in North Bay Ontario, graduated from the University of Guelph with a BASc Honours and received her PLCGS with Distinction from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.


Genealogy Educator

Christine began her business, Genealogy Tours of Scotland. Christine started the Scottish ViC in 2018, the only virtual conference dedicated to Scottish research, enlisting the assistance of her colleagues in Scotland. When not organizing genealogy research tours to Scotland, Christine lectures on Scottish genealogy, hosts webinars, authors blogs and articles.


MyHeritage.com, Director of Content Operations

Mike Mansfield works for MyHeritage.com as the Director of Content Operations. Previously Mike has worked for Ancestry.com and FamilySearch and has been active in the genealogy and family history domain for the last 20 years. Mike has presented at numerous genealogical conferences and symposia in the United States, England, Scandinavia, and Australia.


Family Tree Maker Ambassador

Mark Olsen is the Family Tree Maker Ambassador to historical and genealogical societies around the world working to support their members as they use Family Tree Maker. Mark is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Family History with a Spanish records emphasis. He has been working in the genealogy industry since 2007