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Seminar 2016 Speaker Bios

Pam Eagleson

Full time genealogist. Extensive family history research experience since 1979. Graduate of IGHR, NIGR, Salt Lake Institute + VIGR. BA in sociology and history (Northwestern University); MS Ed (University of Southern Maine); CAS - museum studies (Tufts University). Instructor for local adult ed programs. Former teacher and museum trustee and administrator. Winner of the 2004 National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Contest.

Diane Gravel 

A Board-certified Genealogist, Diane serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Genealogists and chairs its Chapter Review Committee. She has lectured at regional and national conferences, and served on the faculty of the 2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She is Vice President of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists, and has been a trustee of the Thornton Public Library since 2004. Diane is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and moved to New Hampshire in 2001, where she currently resides with her husband David (a Yankee).

Mary Ellen Grogan 

Mary Ellen Grogan is a professional genealogist living in Boston.  She specializes in early New England research, particularly Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and Irish genealogy records.  She is President of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council, Tri-Chair of the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in 2017, and Vice-Regent and Membership Chair for the Paul Revere Chapter of the DAR.

Barbara Mathews

Barbara J. Mathews, CG, FASG, is a lineage genealogist, genealogical lecturer and writer. Barbara specializes in colonial Connecticut and Massachusetts. She has completed over 630 lineage society applications for Colonial Dames and just published the third and final volume of the descendants of the fourth colonial governor of Connecticut for the Welles Family Association. As a volunteer, Barbara focuses on records access. She is the American Society of Genealogists’ representative to the Record Preservation and Access Committee, and Federal Civil Records Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council.

Rhonda McClure 

Rhonda R. McClure, Genealogist, is a nationally recognized professional genealogist and lecturer specializing in New England and celebrity research as well as computerized genealogy. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of ten books, including the award-winning The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy, now in its second edition, Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors, and Digitizing Your Family History.  She is a staff Genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

CeCe Moore

CeCe Moore is a genetic genealogy pioneer and leading media consultant. She is best known for her work on the PBS series “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” and for her multiple appearances as an expert on news
shows such as 20/20 and CBS This Morning. She also works with individuals of unknown parentage, often reuniting them with biological family members through DNA research. As a strong advocate of genetic genealogy education, CeCe has taught at many genealogical institutes and conferences. She is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and the founder of TheDNADetectives.

Marian Pierre-Louis

Marian Pierre-Louis is a House Historian and Genealogist who focuses on New England research.  She specializes in probate, deeds, New England town records and brick wall research. Once a month you'll find her as the host of the evening webinar series for Legacy Family Tree webinars. She is also the host of several internet radio shows including Fieldstone Common and the Genealogy Professional podcast.  

Margaret Sullivan 

Margaret R. Sullivan is Records Manager & Archivist for the Boston Police Department. She has been honored for her research documenting line of duty officers, early African American officers, and pioneer women police.   Margaret is a Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society and former Vice President of TIARA, The Irish Ancestral Research Association.

Mary Tedesco

Mary Tedesco is a former Board member of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council (co-Director of Programs and Director of Communication). Mary is also a professional genealogist, speaker, author, and the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY. She is the co-author of Tracing Your Italian Ancestors, an 84-page Italian research guide published by Moorshead Magazines. In addition to her Italian ancestry on her father's side, Mary also has deep American roots (German, Irish, and Danish & English) on her mother’s side and is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Helen Ullmann 

Helen Schatvet Ullmann, Certified Genealogist and Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, is associate editor of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and editor of Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, a project of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. She has published articles in various genealogical journals and a number of books, including Descendants of Peter Mills of Windsor, Connecticut (1998), which won the 1999 Donald Lines Jacobus Award given by the American Society of Genealogists, and Descendants of Roger Billlings of Dorchester, Massachusetts, which won a National Genealogical Society prize.