Sixteen years of experience in the genetic genealogy industry has qualified Diahan Southard to instruct all levels of interest. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable. Southard is also the author of DNA Quick Guides, producer of a video tutorial series, as well as a featured author for Family Tree Magazine, regular contributor to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems.
David Dowell, PhD, was a librarian for 35 years and a special investigative officer in the USAF for 4 years and has two degrees in history and two in library science. He has researched family histories since the 1960s. His most recent books are NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection (2015) and Crash Course in Genealogy (2011). Previously he taught “Genealogy Research” and “Ethics in the Information Age” at Cuesta College and chaired the Genealogy Committee of the ALA. He blogs as “Dr. D Digs Up Ancestors” at http://blog.ddowell.com and coordinates three DNA projects.
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range, including German, Pennsylvania, genetic genealogy, and much more.
James M. Beidler, the author of The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide and two books on German genealogy, has written “Roots & Branches,” an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy for two decades. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of the MAGS journal, Der Kurier. Beidler is also an instructor for the online Family Tree University.