Debbie Kennett, Honorary Research Associate, UCL

Debbie is an avid genealogist who has been researching her family tree for over a decade. She has written two books for the History Press: DNA and Social Networking (2011) and The Surnames Handbook (2012). 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 runs the Cruwys/Cruse/Cruise one-name study through the Guild of One-Name Studies, and is the administrator of the associated surname project at Family Tree DNA.

Alasdair Macdonald, University of Strathclyde

Alasdair has been involved in family history research since his late teens and has a particular interest in the Scottish Highlands. He completed his MSc on Scottish baronies in 2011 and is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Strathclyde. His research interests focus on the use of DNA in genealogical research and he is currently researching the origin and linkage of male lineages in the British Isles using Y-chromosomal DNA. He also specializes in Scottish land records and palaeography.

Dr Maurice Gleeson, MB

Maurice is a psychiatrist, a pharmaceutical physician, & a genetic genealogist. He did his first DNA test in 2008 and since then has used DNA to good effect in his own family tree research, finding relatives in Australia whose ancestors had left Ireland in 1886, and tracing one line of his family back to the 1600's in Limerick.

Dr Maurice Gleeson MB MRCPsych

Maurice is a psychiatrist, a pharmaceutical physician, & a genetic genealogist. He did his first DNA test in 2008 and since then has used DNA to good effect in his own family tree research, finding relatives in Australia whose ancestors had left Ireland in 1886, and tracing one line of his family back to the 1600's in Limerick.

Geoff Swinfield, Ph.D.

Dr Geoff Swinfield has been addicted to genealogy and family history since 1972. He has been a professional researcher for 35 years and since 1999 has run his own genealogical company, Geoff Swinfield Genealogical Services. He has a Ph.D. in Genetics from Nottingham University and has used this training to apply genealogical techniques and sources to the study of families that are at risk from genetic diseases. One of his specialities is locating living relatives and missing people.

Mark Thomas, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, University College London

Mark Thomas is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics in the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. He was formerly a post-doctoral research fellow in the department of Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Margaret Haig

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the official government body responsible for intellectual property rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
 
Margaret Haig works in the IPO’s Copyright and Enforcement Directorate and is responsible for the new Orphan Works Licensing Scheme, which allows individuals and organisations to apply for a licence to reproduce a copyright work, if they cannot find the right holder once they have completed a diligent search.
 

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RootsBid is a community-driven site allowing participants to submit and bid on family history projects around the globe, especially in specific locations that are inaccessible to the individual requesting assistance, or if research skills and resources are lacking.
 

James Cronan

James Cronan works at The National Archives, where he is a Record Specialist in Diplomatic and Colonial records. James also writes about records relating to South West Europe and their colonial possessions, and those of British possessions in the Mediterranean. Joining the archives as a cataloguing editor in 1993, James has over 20 years experience in researching through official government records. A descendant of a crew member on board Titanic, James has long been interested in Merchant Navy records and has provided talks, workshops and displays on the subject.