Conference Presenters 2017

Thom Edlund - President of FEEFHS

Thomas K. Edlund is a specialist in East European languages and manuscripts. As a professor of family and local history at Brigham Young University, he teaches…

Mindy Jacox - Genealogy Researcher

Mindy Jacox, BA, is from Kaysville, Utah. She recently graduated from BYU with a degree in Family History/Genealogy with emphases in Germanic research and computer…

Milan Pohontsch - Secretary and Board Member

Milan Pohontsch is a native German and Wend at the same time. He does genealogical research in both languages and has more than 10,000 hours of research experience…

Lisa A. Alzo - Eastern European Researcher

Lisa  A. Alzo, MFAis a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern…

Kellie Scherbel Hale - Eastern European Researcher

Kellie is a professional genealogist specializing in the former Kingdom of Hungary. She earned a minor in genealogy from Brigham Young University, emphasizing in…

Kahlile Bliss Mehr - Board Member

Kahlile Bliss Mehr has both an M.A., and an M.L.S., he is the retired Slavic Collection Manager and Cataloging Supervisor at FamilySearch (LDS Church) in Salt Lake…

Joe Everett - Board Member

Joe Everett, MLS, is a genealogy librarian at FamilySearch, responsible for patron services in international branches of the Family History Library.  Joe was…

Joanne Sher - Board Member

Joanne M. Sher is a professional genealogist and historical researcher. Her specialities include Northeastern Minnesota, Northwestern Wisconsin, American-Jewish…

Jilline Maynes - German Research Specialist

Jilline Maynes has been involved in family history for over 20 years. Currently, she is a student of Family History at Brigham Young…

James Tanner - Genealogy researcher

James Tanner, BA, MA, JD is a retired trial attorney from Arizona where he served for 39 years. He now lives in Utah. He received his doctorate from…

Heidi G. Sugden - Professional Genealogist

Heidi G. Sugden, AG, a native of Vienna Austria, graduated from the University of Utah with a M.A. in German Language and Literature. …

Greg Nelson - Board Member

Greg Nelson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Salt Lake City and Wilmington, Delaware. He earned a BA in Russian from Brigham Young University,…

Fritz Juengling - European Research Specialist

Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., AGearned a BA in Secondary Education and a BA in International Studies German Emphasis, graduating with …

Diahan Southard - Genetic Genealogy Specialist

A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic…

David Ouimette - FamilySearch Content Manager

David Ouimette, CG, CGL,  manages Content Strategy at FamilySearch, prioritizing the acquisition and online publication of records…

Dave Obee - Board Member

Dave Obee holds an honorary doctor of laws degree awarded by the University of Victoria, British Columbia, in recognition of his work as a journalist, historian and…

Daniel R. Jones - Professional Genealogist

Daniel R. Jones, AG,  is an accredited genealogist specializing in Germanic and Slavic research. Awarded a BA in Family History/Genealogy from…

Cynthia Jacobson - Family History Researcher

Cynthia Spurgat Jacobson has been a family history researcher for 23 years. She has attended 13 FEEFHS conferences where she learned research…

Careen Barrett-Valentine - Professional Genealogist

Careen Barrett-Valentine, AG, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Family History from Brigham Young University, and has been conducting professional research…

Baerbel K. Johnson - Professional Genealogist

Baerbel K. Johnson, AG,  is a professional genealogist and works at the Family History Library as International Research Consultant. She holds…