Skill Building for Family Historians


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Our Educators

Family History Academy is privileged to have world leaders in the genealogy field offer courses and workshops on our platform. All are experienced researchers and educators who enjoy sharing tips and strategies to help you build your genealogical skills and knowledge. 

If you are interested in offering courses/workshops for Family History Academy, please contact us. 

Melissa Barker


Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager and Public Historian currently working at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives & Museum. Known as The Archive Lady to the genealogy community, she lectures, teaches, and writes about the genealogy research process, researching in archives and records preservation. She conducts virtual presentations across the United States and other countries, and writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives.

Fiona Brooker


Fiona Brooker is a professional genealogist who has been actively researching her family history for over thirty-five years. She has gained a Higher Certificate in Genealogy from the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies and is a ProGen graduate. Fiona has served as both President and Treasurer of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG). She has organised family history conferences and expos in New Zealand.


Robbie Johnson


Robbie Johnson, CG® enjoys solving the complex puzzles that clients and friends bring to her, and supporting others through education and mentorship. She has presented lectures/workshops for the BCG Education Fund’s “Putting Skills To Work,” the SLIG “Advanced Analysis Practicum” course, and local genealogical societies. Robbie also brings her experience of over 40 years as an editor and writer to her work as a professional genealogist.

Tom Jones


Tom Jones, PhD, CG®, is a genealogical author, editor, educator, and researcher. He is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. He happily shares his expertise online and in person at genealogical conferences, institutes, seminars, and workshops locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Annette Lyttle


Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state and local levels. She is coordinator of the SLIG Fall Virtual Intermediate Foundations course. Annette is editor of The Florida Genealogist and Past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Sue McNelly


Sue McNelly, AG® is an Accredited Genealogist professional who loves the thrill of the chase when it comes to tackling tough problems. Sue is an adjunct instructor at Brigham Young University-Idaho, and has presented webinars for RootsTechSouthern California JamboreeThe International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, and The Surname Society. Additionally, Sue mentors and leads study groups for those pursuing professional accreditation through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen).

Andrew Redfern


Andrew Redfern is an accomplished speaker, having delivered many workshops and presentations over the past 20 years. With a background in education and technology, the integration of AI into his genealogical toolkit was a natural progression and he is excited by the possibilities while remaining aware of the limitations. Andrew's engaging presentation style often includes fun and interactive activities to ensure participants learn the content in fun and interesting ways and the use of practical examples is a key feature of his courses.

Judy Russell


The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, CG®, CGL, is a genealogist with a law degree who provides expert guidance through the murky territory where law and family history intersect. An internationally-known lecturer and award-winning writer, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠ from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. Her blog is at

Cathie Sherwood


Passionate about history and addicted to family history, Cathie Sherwood has been researching her Irish, English and Scottish ancestors for over forty years. As the Principal and Founder of Family History Academy, Cathie coordinates innovative and interactive genealogy education opportunities in partnership with experienced and highly-respected lecturers.

D. Joshua Taylor


D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, FUGA is a nationally known and recognized speaker and author on genealogy and family history. He is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B), and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Josh has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are?with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Judd, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe. He can also be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.

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