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Third Joint Seminar: Family Roots III: Where to Begin How to Continue & Share

   Saturday, March 15, 2008


About Our Speakers


Ariel Blondet, researching  his family since 1994, discovered that his ancestors came to Puerto Rico as African slaves. He has lectured at several genealogy workshops, served as treasurer of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Genealogical Society for eight years, and is currently involved in a project transcribing early to mid-1900’s passenger lists.

 Felicia Bentiné-Padilla began her genealogical pursuit in 1999 and has researched at the major New York repositories and at the National Archives in DC, in addition to the Archivo General, the Archdiocese of San Juan and several churches in Puerto Rico. She is a lecturer and current Secretary of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Genealogical Society.

 Tony Burroughs, FUGA, internationally known genealogist, graduate of Samford University Institute of Genealogy and History, and of the National Institute of Genealogical Research, has co-authored the African-American Genealogical Sourcebook and Black Roots. Besides receiving awards from, and serving on the boards of, our national genealogical societies, he was lead investigator for the Discovery Channel’s BBC production The Real Family of Jesus.

 Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, a board-certified genealogist, is a Trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She has written articles for several prestigious genealogical publications, been interviewed on CNN American Morning and NBC Nightly News, and is the co-compiler of two books of “information wanted” advertisements from nineteenth-century Irish-American newspapers.

 Michael S. Genovese, a teacher of secondary education for 37 years who currently teaches a New York City History Course for high school seniors, began his family research in 1997. He is Co-President of the Italian Genealogical Group; maintains their surname data base and writes the “From the Four Corners” column in the IGG newsletter.

 Richard Haberstroh, AG, an accredited genealogist and a founding member of the German Genealogy Group, has been involved in genealogical research since 1984. In addition to lecturing, he has published numerous genealogical articles, including a portion of his own family’s history in the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, and is the author of The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: a Research Guide.

 Christine LeFoll, a former newspaper editor, is now with the Godfrey Memorial Library utilizing both her information technology skills and her public and media relations experience to assist with their ongoing digitization project, and in the production of The Godfrey Update. She represents GML at several genealogy conferences and seminars.

 Joysetta Pearce, CG, a board-certified genealogist and licensed private investigator, is co-founder, newsletter editor and Executive Director of the African Atlantic Genealogical Society. She provides expert mentoring in genealogical research for Family Roots, Hempstead, NY and co-hosted a weekly broadcast on Genealogy Talk-Radio. 

 Arthur F. Sniffin, MA, retired New York State Archives and Records Administration Regional Advisory Officer, also served as archivist for The Rockefeller University, for Stony Brook University Library, and as a Field Archivist for Cornell University. He is founding chairman of the Genealogy Workshop of the Huntington Historical Society and a past president and board member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

 Marilyn Verna, PhD, an associate professor of education at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY and Co-President of the Italian Genealogical Group, has had genealogical articles published in journals in Italy. She has been diligently pursuing her family roots for twelve years and is in the process of obtaining a license as a professional genealogist.

 Meldon J. Wolfgang III, former Director of Academic Programs for the State University Urban Center at Albany, served as trustee for the Albany County Historical Society, and for Albany Public Library. He was an original trustee of the joint Albany City-County Archives, served as chairman of the English Department of Mutolere Senior Secondary School in Uganda, and is owner of Jonathan Sheppard Books and Martlet Books.



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