Our 2012 Conference Speakers

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Char McCargo Bah
A native of Alexandria,Virginia, Char has been doing genealogical research for more than 26 years. Besides being a published author – having been published in the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society Newsletter, NGS Magazine, Halifax County, Virginia Heritage Book, and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Journal – Char gives back to her Alexandria community.

Her work on the Freedmen Cemetery project in Alexandria, Virginia, garnered Char the 2009 Alexandria History Award. She is continuing in the same vein with her lecture series, “Their Voices Can Be Heard” which began with her research into descendants of people buried at Freedmen’s Cemetery. For those of you who do not know about the Freedmen’s Cemetery, it is a historic African-American burial ground reclaimed by the City of Alexandria in 2007. Since 2008 Char has located dozens of descendants of people buried at Freedmen’s Cemetery, most of whom are 5th and 6th generations removed. Many of the descendants who still live in Alexandria or nearby, were not familiar with their Civil War-era ancestors.

Besides all of this she appeared on the PBS show History Detective, has been interviewed by the BBC, was selected for a documentary with the Ellis Island Foundation, is a member of the Virginia Genealogical Society, and was on the Board and served as its Historian for two consecutive terms. The Virginia Genealogical Society recently honored Char with the 2011 Volunteer Award.

James M. Beidler Jim writes “Roots & Branches,” an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. Beidler is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry and Family Tree Magazine. In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler also sits on Pennsylvania’s State Historic Records Advisory Board as well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Digitization Project. Beidler was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, with a BA in political science in 1982.

Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg. Ph.D.
Dorothy  is Professor of History, Affiliated with the James Madison Center. She received her Ph.D. from Temple University, the M.A. from Ohio State University, and the B.A. from Temple University.

Dr. Boyd-Bragg teaches courses in Global Culture, Tudor-Stuart England, Genealogical Research and Family History, and Documentary Editing.

Her research interests include local history and the transcription and editing of documents. She is the author/editor of Register of Free Blacks: Rockingham County, Virginia, 1807-1859. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1992; Marriage Notices from Extant Issues of the Rockingham Register, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1822-1870. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1993; Registers of Free Negroes, Botetourt County, Virginia, Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing Company, 1993; and, This Heritage: The Story of Lutheran Beginnings in the Lower Shenandoah Valley and of Grace Church, Winchester, Expanded Edition, 1753-2003. Staunton, Virginia: Lot’s Wife Publishing, 2003. She has also published numerous articles.

A genealogy blogger, lecturer and webinar host, DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Rickley-Erickson.  She is the author of DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Column appearing in the first AOL Golden Gates Genalogy Forum, then in website format, now in blog format (1995-present), DearMYRTLE's Monthly Organization Checklists (1996-present), "Virtual Presentations: an alternative for genealogy speakers" Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Dec 2009, "Genealogists: Get a Second Life" Digital Genealogist Volume 3, Number 3, DearMYRTLE's Joy of Genealogy (2006), The Everything Online Genealogy Book (2001) and the "Church Records" chapter, Beginning Genealogy (Family Chronicle 1999)

Founder, GeneaWebinars.com (2011- present); Official Blogger, RootsTech 2011; Co-Organizer, BetterGEDCOM Project (2010-present); Co-Founder Genea-Quilters (2010-present); Coordinator, Union of Genealogy Groups in Second Life (2007-present); Discussion Leader, Just Genealogy in Second Life (2007-present); Vice President, Utah Genealogical Association, (December 2008-June 2010); Podcaster, DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour (2000-2004); Computer Instructor, Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Florida (1991-2005; President, Manasota Genealogical Society (2001-2005); Instructor, Manasota PAF Users Group (1993-2005); Leadership Team, AOL Genealogy Forum (1991-2000); Patron Services Director, Bradenton Florida Family History Center (1989-2002); Leadership Team, Q-Link’s Your Family Tree (1984-1989).

Pat has studied at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (2009, 2010, 2011) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (2011). Find Myrt on the web at: www.DearMYRTLE.com. 

Sharon B. Hodges
 A professional genealogist, teacher and lecturer, Sharon has been involved in genealogical research for over 20 years. She is the author of Using Passport Records (NGS Magazine, April-June 2009), Making Voter Registration Records Count (NGS Magazine, April-June 2010), and “A Home for Confederate Veterans.” The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. XXXVII, No. 6 (December 2011). She has presented tracts for the Virginia Genealogy Society Annual Spring Conference, Genealogical Society of New Jersey Annual Conference, the Fairfax (VA) Genealogical Conference, and the 31st Annual Jewish Genealogy Conference as well as being a speaker at monthly meetings for various genealogical societies in New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. In 1997, Sharon completed the National Genealogical Society Home Study Course for which she is now a grader and is a 2000 graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research, where she presented a lecture in 2010. She is a member of the Fairfax Genealogical Society and is the First Vice President, Programs, for the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, having served also as Secretary of both organizations. In addition Sharon is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Virginia Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of New Jersey, the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, and numerous New Jersey genealogical organizations. Sharon specializes in Northern New Jersey, District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia research.

Thomas W. Jones, 

Tom works full-time as a genealogical author, editor, educator, and researcher. A past president and former trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, he has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. Tom lectures frequently in national and local venues, where he is known for information-packed lectures benefitting genealogists at all skill  levels. His articles and lectures address genealogical research methods, proof, and problem solving. A professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Tom teaches “Evidence Evaluation and Documentation” in Boston University’s online and classroom-based genealogy certificate programs, “Advanced Genealogical Methods” at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and “Writing and Publishing for Genealogists” at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. He specializes in Virginia and Georgia research and solving “brick-wall” genealogical problems.

Carrie Keele Carrie is the author of the Not Your Mother's Genealogy Blog, and will be co-presenting with her mom, DearMYRTLE. Carrie found her "first" ancestral document, Paul Froman's 1783 will in Lincoln County, Kentucky Will Book A, when she was ten. At the same age, she began giving tours during her mom's shift at the local Family History Center. New patrons would play along, but soon discovered Carrie knew what she was talking about.  Sparked by her Mom's interest in genealogy research, Carrie's focus helps bridge the generation gap through  the use of 21st century technologies such as webinars, blogs, Insta-Gram, Facebook and Twitter. 

Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG

Chuck is a Certified Genealogist, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records.  He is a graduate of NGS’s American Genealogy: Home Study Course, (1994), is an instructor for the course, a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives (1996 & 2001), and has attended numerous NGS conferences, state and local conferences in the Washington, DC area and in New Jersey.

Chuck is a member of both the Fairfax and the Mt. Vernon Genealogical Societies, served in various positions on the board of both societies including President (MVGS 2000-2002 and FxGS 2008-2009).  He is a past President (2004-2006) of NIGR Alumni Association, and was a Director of the Northern Virginia Association for History (1999-2006).

Chuck has been a frequent contributor to the National Genealogical Society Magazine and is a co-host of Tracing Your Family Roots (tracingroots.nova.org) at Fairfax Cable Television Channel 10. In July 2009 he received the Distinguished Service Award from NGS and the MVGS Sustained Service Award in 2010.

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG
A Certified Genealogist℠ with a law degree, Judy G. Russell (who blogs as The Legal Genealogist) enjoys helping others understand how to use the law in genealogical research. A 2010 Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. prizewinner and member of numerous national and state genealogical societies, she has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the National Genealogical Society Magazine.

Gerald “Jerry” Smith, CG
Jerry specializes in researching Pennsylvania families. He is the author of several books on Pennsylvania genealogy including Bedford County, Pennsylvania, Quarter Sessions 1771—1801 and Early Land Holdings in Bedford County, Pennsylvania (multi-volume series with connected tract maps). Recent journal articles have appeared in the Western Pennsylvania Genealogy Quarterly and Vermont Genealogy. Although a Pennsylvania specialist, he has done client work in other states, including Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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