2023 North Star Breakout Speakers and Sessions
Meet the speakers and check out their sessions!
Lecture Levels: [B]=Beginner [I]=Intermediate [A]=Advanced
Amber Oldenburg is a genealogist, lecturer, and social media manager with a degree in Family History Research from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where she currently serves as an online instructor in their Family History Research program. She specialized in Midwest and Great Lakes states research.
True Grit and Determination: Finding Your Female Ancestors
Researching Newspapers Outside of Newspapers.com
The Largest Census of American Women You've Never Heard About
Dana Kelly has served as Executive Director of the Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library since 2019. She has served as Secretary for the Koshkonong Prairie Historical Society since 2009, and on the Board of Directors for the Dane County Area Genealogical Society since 2020.
Uncovering Hidden Roots With Your DNA
Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG, is president of the APG Northland Chapter, has served as Director for the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and is co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist. Liz has received seven awards for her writing and society activities. She researches professionally as Red Bird Genealogy Services.
Getting Published: Tips From a Genealogy Journal Editor
Documents+DNA+Method+Luck: Tools to Find Biological Family
Gordon is a past president of the Manitoba Genealogical Society and has been researching his own family for over 50 years in Canada, the USA, Scotland, Ireland, and England. A lifelong interest in genealogy has led to road trips to both coasts as well as Scotland and Ireland. He has had numerous families cross the border over the generations and has used maps extensively to trace and share their movements.
Why Did Our Ancestors Move Between Canada and the US?
Maps—How Can Genealogists Use Them
Kathy has always had an interest in photos and the stories they tell. Her interest in genealogy has just naturally evolved from this. She has spent the last 30 years teaching about photo preservation, telling their story, and the conservation of documents and heirlooms.
Photo Organization—Print & Digital
Patricia Coleman is a professional genealogist who specialized in DNA and Irish research. A graduate of ProGen58, Patricia has a PhD in Chemistry. She is moderator for Facebook user groups for DNA Painter and Genetic Affairs, and writes a blog at https://patriciacolemangenealogy.com.
Sorting Your Ancestry DNA Matches
Exploring DNA Segments for Breakthrough Discoveries
Phil Dreyer has worked in the computer technology field for over 40 years and is the webmaster and technology committee chair for the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He has been doing the genealogy of his family since he was twelve years old and is an avid Family Tree Maker user.
Using Family Tree Maker to Organize Your Family History Research
Shaunese received her BA degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University. She is the owner of "Untangle Your Roots" and specializes in the Dakota Regions, Central Plain Regions, Midwest/Great Lake Regions, and Mountain West Regions in client research.
You Don't Have to Wander the Cemetery to Find Someone!
How U.S. Census Records and State Census Records Go Hand in Hand
Collaborating Different Record Types to Build the F.A.N.