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2014 Family History Conference Featured Speakers

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, is employed by the Family History Department in Salt Lake City as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is an Accredited GenealogistCM with ICAPGenSM in Irish research and a Certified GenealogistSM with the Board for Certification of Genealogists.® He is the Irish course coordinator and instructor for the Samford University Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a BA in Family and Local History. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), 1997–2000, a national genealogical society umbrella organization; a past-president of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), 1993–1995; and a Fellow of that organization. He is a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London, and is a vice-president of the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). He is currently serving as the chair of the joint Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Genealogical Society committee for Record Preservation and Access and serves as the secretary for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He is vice-president of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History and an instructor for the British Institute.

Deborah E. Cribbs

Deborah E. Cribbs, M.L.S. currently works as technology coordinator for the libraries at St. Louis University. She worked for Preservation Programs at the National Archives-St. Louis and was curator of Special Collections at the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is historian for the John Sappington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is a member of the Colonial Dames and the St. Louis Genealogical Society.

Larry Franke

Larry Franke is a reference librarian in Special Collections at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, where he helps patrons with their genealogical and historical research and teaches genealogy classes.  He has a BA in French and English from Harding University and an MA in Library Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Before working at St. Louis County Library, he taught English as a Second Language to refugees and immigrants for many years.

Bob Goode

Bob Goode, a retired Parkway social studies teacher, is presently the Information Systems Director for StLGS. In addition to his technology responsibilities, he teaches classes, makes presentations, and writes the Web Resources articles that now appear in the Quarterly.

Christina Miller

Christina Miller is the Senior Reference Archivist at the Missouri State Archives.  Christina graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and also holds a Masters of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. She previously worked as an Electronic Records Archivist with the Records Management Division of the Missouri Secretary of State's Office. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, Society of American Archivists, and ARMA International.

Ilene Murray

Ilene Kanfer Murray has been a featured speaker at local conferences and has taught genealogy and computer classes throughout the St. Louis area. Ilene is the Publications Director of the St. Louis Genealogical Society and the editor of News ‘n Notes, the society’s monthly newsletter. She serves as co-leader of the society’s Jewish SIG and the society’s annual research trip to Salt Lake City.

Dennis Northcott

A native St. Louisan and graduate of Washington University, Dennis Northcott has been on the Missouri History Museum staff since 1989 and currently is an associate archivist at the Library and Research Center. He has compiled numerous guides to the museum's manuscript collections, including an inventory of the extensive Civil War holdings. He is the creator of the Missouri History Museum’s Genealogy and Local History Index and frequently gives presentations and workshops on genealogy and house history research.

Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL

Pat Stamm does genealogical research, lectures at local, state, and national conferences, and teaches at St. Louis Community College. She is the Education Manager for the National Genealogical Society, as well.

Carol Whitton, CG

Carol Whitton, CG, speaks and writes on German research, U.S. migration, and other topics. Past vice-president for programs for StLGS, Carol is a graduate of the Germanic Family History Research class at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the National Institute for Genealogical Research, and the Virginia Institute for Genealogical Research. She led the German SIG of Fairfax County [Virginia] Genealogy Society for nine years and was the co-leader of the 2013 St. Louis Research Institute–Germany.


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