2nd VGS Genealogy Cruise

We had four excellent speakers make presentations to us over the course of the cruise. Here is some information on who they are:

Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Blaine T Bettinger, PhD., J.D.


Biography: Blaine has been a genetic genealogist for more than 10 years, with experience in Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA. He is the the author of one of the longest-running blogs devoted to DNA testing, The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com). Blaine lecture often on genetic genealogy, both in New York State, and at conferences across the country.
Education : Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) ; J.D. (Intellectual Property Law)
Research Specialty: DNA Specialist
Geographical: Focus on New York State with concentration in Jefferson County

  • Member Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Registered Attorney in New York State
  • Administrator Genealogy Squad Facebook Group Page
  • Administrator Genetic Genealogy Tips and Techniques Facebook Group Page
  • Manager DNA Central Facebook Page

George G. Morgan

George G Morgan


Biography: Author of twelve books and literally hundreds of articles published in every genealogical magazine in North America. He is a popular speaker at genealogical conferences at all levels. A member of more than 20 societies in the U.S. and Canada. President of Aha! Seminars, Inc . His company produces The Genealogy Guys Podcast, of which he is co-host, and the Genealogy Connection podcast. He is one of the coaches at GenealogyDOTCoach.

Research Specialties: Civil War ; Colonial ; Emigration & Immigration ; Federal Records ; Historical Sites ; Migration ; Military ; Naturalization ; Paleography (ancient/historical handwriting) ; Anglican/Church of England/Episcopalian ; Court Records

Services: Lecture engagements, webinars, writing assignments, consulting for genealogical societies and libraries, as well as conference planning .

  • Member Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Member Speakers Bureau of the Florida State Genealogical Society
  • Administrator Genealogy Squad Facebook Group Page

Drew Smith, MA, MS

Drew Smith


Biography: He is a popular speaker at genealogical conferences at all levels. Drew Smith has been a librarian in the Academic Services department at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library since 2007. Drew is the immediate Past President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa, having served in that position for nine years. He served as a Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies from 2008 to 2013, and as Secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists from 2010 to 2011.  In 1996, Drew founded the mailing list GENEALIB for genealogy librarians, and continues to administer it for more than 1,100 subscribers. He is also the administrator for the RootsMagic mailing list, and an administrator for numerous genealogy-related groups on Facebook.
Vice President of Aha! Seminars, Inc. He is co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, and the Genealogy Connection podcast. He is one of the coaches at GenealogyDOTCoach.
Services: Columnist, Editor, Instructor, Lecturer/Seminars, Librarian, Author/Writer

  • Member Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Administrator Genetic Genealogy Tips and Techniques Facebook Group Page
  • Administrator Genealogy Squad Facebook Group Page
C Ann Staley, CG®, CGL℠

C. Ann Staley

Biography: an instructor, consultant, trip leader and a lecturer. She is kept busy as the Education Chairman and Webmaster for the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc., work on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; a Trustee of the Florida State Genealogical Society; and is an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 2000.

Specialties: Methodology, Research Sources, Computer Resources, Conference Planning and Assisted Research Trips to the Family History Library.

Services: Conference Planner ; Instructor ; Lecturer/Seminars ; Travel & Tours

  • Member Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Member Speakers Bureau of the Florida State Genealogical Society
  • Has served as Secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild

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VGS Genealogy Cruise List of Presentations

DayTimePresentation
3 Feb2:00-3:00 pmBring ‘Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile
George G. Morgan
4 Feb9:00-10:00 amGenetic Genealogy Education
Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
10:30-11:30 amUnderstanding Copyright and Plagiarism
Drew Smith
12:45-1:45 pmLaying Out Clues in Funeral Home Records
George G. Morgan
2:00-3:00 pmCity Directories – A Line-by-line Account of Our Ancestors
C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL
5 Feb2:00-3:00 pmUsing Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry
Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
6 Feb2:00-3:00 pmDown to Earth with Land Records
C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL
7 Feb2:00-3:00 pmFront Page News (and Beyond): Finding Archived Newspapers
Drew Smith
8 Feb9:00-10:00 amLand, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong—Assorted Courthouse Records
C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL
10:30-11:30 amUsing Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry
Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
12:45-1:45 pmYour Ancestor’s FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls
Drew Smith
2:00-3:00 pmPrinciples for Effective Evidence Analysis
George G. Morgan

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