Jim Bartlett has been an active genealogist since 1974. He has been the Administrator of the BARTLETT-DNA Project at FTDNA (over 400 participants) since 2002 and has established 23 different lines using matching Y-DNA. He has provided original DNA samples and tested at FTDNA (Y-111, SNPs, Big-Y, FMS, and atDNA); Genographic; 23andMe; AncestryDNA; Genos (exome); LivingDNA; and My Heritage; and has uploaded his DNA to Y-Search, mitoSearch, GEDmatch, DNA.Land and NIH All-of-Us. He has been using autosomal DNA tests from all the main vendors since 2010 and currently has over 8,000 matching cousins who descend from most of his ancestry. He has mapped over 99% of his DNA to his parents, with 90% to more distant ancestors. He blogs about autosomal DNA at www.segmentology.org – in plain English for genealogist. He is an avid fan of these powerful, new DNA tools that will expand your genealogy, and enjoys teaching them to other genealogists. The DNA test is easy to take, fairly simple to use, and relatively inexpensive. No biology required.
Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, and national genealogical speaker. Kelli holds a Bachelor’s in Biology, a Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master’s in Business Management. Kelli is the Director of Curriculum and Assessment for Blue Kayak, a K-12 textbook company. She also works as a DNA report editor for Legacy Tree Genealogists. Kelli runs two small businesses—Geo-Centric Learning and Mess on the Desk, a genealogical organization company with a YouTube channel and online store. Kelli is the Genetics, Genealogy, and You facilitator. Kelli is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, International Society of Genetic Genealogists, and the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild.
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), 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).
Katherine Borges is the co-founder and director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), which promotes and educates about genetic genealogy to over 20,000 members in over 70 countries. She works to increase professional standards in the practice, research, and discussion of relevant issues in DNA testing, interpretation, and ethics. Katherine gives many presentations on genetic genealogy to groups across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.
Shannon Christmas, a genetic genealogy influencer, educator, practitioner, and thought leader featured on BBC, NPR, Radio Sweden, and The Atlantic, finds family as a Research Manager for Ancestry’s research arm, AncestryProGenealogists.
A professional genealogist and biological family reunification specialist with over a decade of experience and deep roots in Virginia and The Carolinas, Shannon employs expertise in genetic genealogy, adoption/unknown parentage research, kinship determination, colonial American and African American genealogy to identify genetic ancestors (including unknown parents), solve genealogical mysteries, and facilitate the development of lineage society DNA evidence policies. Shannon’s technology consulting background informs his work advising direct-to-consumer DNA testing and genealogy technology firms on product development.
Janine Cloud, a fifth-generation Texan and registered member of the Cherokee Nation, became interested in genealogy when a grade school assignment to complete a pedigree chart prompted her to question family members about her ancestors. She started working at FamilyTreeDNA in 2011 where she created the Group Projects – Events team she now manages. Janine has given presentations at conferences such as the National Genealogical Society Conference, RootsTech and RootsTech London, as well as numerous local organizations.
Kitty Munson Cooper is a well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. She started blog.kittycooper.com in 2012 to keep track of her own family’s DNA tests as well as her genealogical research. Then she added some tools she wrote for graphing DNA relationships and turning Ahnentafel lists into GEDCOMs. Her blog is very popular, getting several thousand unique visitors a day. Kitty started programming computers in 1966 while still in high school and is retired from her own small web development business. She has a cum laude degree from Harvard University and is also a World Champion Bridge player. Born and raised in New York City, recently widowed, she lives in Lakeside, California (East San Diego County).
Roberta Estes, author of the popular blog www.DNA-eXplained.com is a scientist, National Geographic Genographic affiliate researcher, Million Mito team member and founding pioneer in the genetic genealogy field. An avid 40-year genealogist, Roberta has written over 1400 articles about genetic genealogy as well as how to combine traditional genealogy with DNA to solve those stubborn ancestor puzzles.
Alec Ferretti is a New-York-City-based professional genealogist, who works for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center, researching family histories for high net worth clients. Alec specializes in the genealogy of 20th century immigrants to the United States. He is a regular lecturer at genealogical societies and conferences. He serves as the President of the New York Genealogy & Technology Group, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and serves actively on the Board of Reclaim the Records, a nonprofit dedicated to wrangling public records from obstinate government agencies.