Michael Pearson

I am a retired Police Inspector and author of four books on the Black Country, with a fifth likely to be out by April 2015. I edit the magazine and website for the Black Country Society, which has about 1400 members. We have existed since 1967, in response to a perceived threat to the identity of our region. I now work part-time for the Office for National Statistics and much of my spare time is spent researching Black Country history and preserving the mass of information that has been written about the region over the last three centuries.

Caroline Norton (BAHons)

Caroline Norton, a healthcare worker by day, a family and local historian at most other times. My interest was sparked some thirty years ago by gt-gt-gt grandfather' signet ring, and subsequently, experience with my own family/local/academic research has evolved into a particular interest in understanding problems encountered when using census records. Volunteering with the family history societies in my area has led to assisting researchers with their queries and sticking-points, many of which find solutions in a closer examination of censuses.

Simon Orde

After a successful 14-year career designing hi-tech software tools for engineers, Simon Orde, a family historian, asked himself why similarly powerful technology should not also be available to genealogists. Calico Pie was founded in 1995, and design work for Family Historian started in 1998. The vision was to bring the same level of professionalism to genealogy software that had long been available to architects, engineers and other professions.

Brian McKechnie

Brian McKechnie was appointed as Patron Services Manager for FamilySearch in the UK and Ireland in June 2014. He was previously Knowledge Exchange Manager at the University of Strathclyde with overall responsibility for the MSc programme in Genealogical Studies and has been involved in genealogical research for over 40 years. Research interests include Scottish and Irish diaspora studies, early LDS records and intergenerational collaboration approaches.

Rosemary Morgan

Rosemary Morgan has been researching her own family history for over 30 years. In 2011 she graduated from Strathclyde University with the Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogy and set up London Roots Research, which offers a professional research service to clients researching their London ancestors. Rosemary is a member of both AGRA and APG and is a long-standing member of the Society of Genealogists. Her blog can be found at www.londonrootsresearch.blogspot.com

Maggie Loughran

Maggie is a lecturer, educator and author, regularly contributing articles on family and local history to various journals and magazines and is co-author of the best selling 'Discover Your Roots' (published 2006). She has lectured extensively both in the UK and USA and organised courses and conferences on family and local history related subjects. She is a past Chairman of both local and family history societies and past Administrator of the UK based, Federation of Family History Societies

Debbie Kennett

Debbie is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. She is a member of ISOGG and the co-founder of the ISOGG Wiki. She is the administrator of the Cruwys/Cruse/Cruise DNA Project, the Devon DNA Project and the mtDNA Haplogroup U4 Project. She has written two books for the History Press: DNA and Social Networking (2011) and The Surnames Handbook (2012).

Michelle Leonard

I am a freelance researcher, genealogist and historian. I began working on the Fromelles Project in 2009 and was the genealogical consultant for the official Fromelles documentary which aired on Channel 4 in July 2010. I also personally featured in the documentary and attended the opening ceremony of the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery. I hold an M.A. in Modern History & English from the University of St Andrews and a PgCert in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde.

Doreen Hopwood

Doreen Hopwood was the former genealogist for Birmingham City Council and has been carrying out research for over 30 years.  She has taught family, community and local history at all levels from beginners to post-graduate and is a regular contributor to “Your Family Tree” magazine.

Liv Marit Haakenstad

Liv Marit Haakenstad is a professional genealogist and an author.  She has worked as a genealogist for more than 35 years, researching Norwegians and emigrants from Norway to other countries, especially the United States.  She has done a great deal of research in England and United States about the emigration process, especially trying to find answers about what happened to the emigrants during the trip.   She also offering lectures and courses in Norwegian Genealogy, Internet genealogy research, Transmigration (Norway-England-US) and the Emigration from Norway in general.