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Thomas Kent Edlund, Utah

Thomas Kent Edlund, a specialist in East European languages and manuscripts, is a Professor of Family and Local History, Brigham Young University.
He has authored many books on language and genealogy, including The Lutherans of Russia, Die Ahnenstammkartei des Deutschen Volkes, Medieval Latin for Family Historians, An Introduction and Index to the German Minority Census of 1939, and A Compendium of Nahuatl Dialectology.

Milan Pohontsch, Provo, Utah
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Milan Pohontsch, MLS, a native German and an accredited genealogist specialized in German research, has genealogy experience of over 10,000 hours or research in various sources and locations in the U.S. and Germany. Milan is also an expert in Wendish research and also performs researches in several Eastern European countries, in which languages he partially communicates. He has presented at various conferences as a lecturer and keynote speaker.
He was the co-author of a lineage book and is author of a monthly genealogical newsletter. Milan is also owner of European Roots Genealogy.

Walt Knepper, Redington Beach, FL

Board Member:
Joe Everett, Mapleton, Utah

Joe Everett, MLS is a genealogy librarian at FamilySearch, responsible for patron services in international branches of the Family History Library. Joe was previously the head of International Reference at the Family History Library and a technical services librarian, cataloging Slavic and Germanic records. He also spent several years as a content manager at Ancestry.com.
Joe earned a B.A. in Russian Language and Family History/Genealogy (Germanic emphasis) from Brigham Young University and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University (Kansas). He has been involved in library and genealogical associations and has lectured and published articles on Central & East European research.br>

Board Member:
Kahlile Mehr, Bountiful, Utah

Kahlile B. Mehr M.A., M.L.S., is Manager, Slavic Collection Management and Cataloging at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Previously he was manager of Member Research Guidance.
As a collection development specialist from 1995 to 2002, he developed the collections for eastern Europe, Spain, Portugal, and the Pacific; visited the archives in eastern Europe on nine separate acquisition trips.
Before that, Kahlile was cataloging supervisor form 1986 to 1995, directing the work of 20 to 25 catalogers and technicians handling materials for Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Kahlile speaks Russian and Portuguese, and reads various Germanic, Romance and Slavic languages.
He is the co-author of Hearts Turned to the Fathers: A History of the Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1894-1994. He has written for a variety of genealogical publications, including the FEEFHS Journal, FEEFHS Quarterly, Genealogical Helper, Avotaynu, Genealogical Journal, Archivum, and The Encyclopedia of Mormonism.
Kahlile was an adjunct instructor for the Brigham Young University Independent Study Program and Family History Conference (1994-1998). He has delivered papers at conferences of the Federation of East European Family History Societies, Federation of Genealogical Societies, American Library Association, Society of American Archivists, Mormon History Association, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

Board Member, Past-President:
Dave Obee, Saanich, British Columbia
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Dave Obee is a journalist and author of several books, including a guide to Canadian immigration records, a guide to Canadian census records, and two library histories. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Times Colonist in Victoria, British Columbia. Since 1997, Dave has given more than 600 presentations at seminars and society meetings in Canada, the United States and Australia.
Dave has visited 20 countries around the world. He has a keen interest in the world war battle areas in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, and has led tours to those sites.
He served as president of the Federation of East European Family History Societies from 2004 through 2007.

Board Member:
Joanne Sher, Duluth, Minnesota

Joanne M. Sher is a professional genealogist & historical researcher specializing in Northeastern Minnesota, Northwestern Wisconsin, American-Jewish research and World War I era records.
She has presented numerous times at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, FEEFHS, and Minnesota Genealogical Society conferences. Her articles have been published in the FEEFHS Journal, the Minnesota Genealogical Journal, and various genealogical society publications.

Conference administrator:
Peg A. Ivanyo, Springville, Utah

Peg brings over twenty years of event and meeting planning experience to FEEFHS. She previously worked as Assistant Director of Conference Services at Utah State University; consulted in the meeting planning industry for eight years as owner of Convention Consulting Services; and is owner of All Things Related, where she blends her passion for family history research with her meeting planning experience. Peg enjoys learning about Eastern European research, with a focus on present-day Slovakia, her husband's ancestral land.

Charles M. Hall

Charles M. Hall was the founding president of two societies, Palatines to America in 1975 and the Federation of East European Family History Societies in 1992. He was a professional genealogist for 20 years, and compiled the 10-volume series of atlases entitled The Atlantic Bridge to Germany.

He gained bachelors and masters degrees in French and German from Brigham Young University. He later learned Russian, Esperanto, some Dutch, Spanish and Turkish.

As a professional genealogist, Charles specialized in Germanic research at the Family History Library and elsewhere in America and in Europe. He was a foreign language teacher for 12 years and was a professional translator, dealing with French, German, Russian, Norwegian, Esperanto and Latin.

At conferences, he has spoken on topics relating to German-speaking ancestors. He can provide an overview of resources for all of East Europe and introductory level lectures on Poland, Hungary and the former Soviet states.

Charles was born in Mountain View, Wyoming in 1930, and married Frankie Jane Taylor, of Richland, Washington, in 1957 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.

Charles died in Holladay, Utah, on March 15, 2010. He was survived by his wife Frankie, six children, 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Charles Hall obituary

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