It is time again for John Reid's Rock Star Genealogist competition. Here are my top six picks from the genetic genealogy community.
Blaine Bettinger – Apart from his The Genetic Genealogist blog, Blaine is a full-time lawyer and the father of two active young men. Somehow though, he managed this year to fit into his busy schedule writing two books on genetic genealogy. Genetic Genealogy in Practice (co-authored with Debbie Parker Wayne) and The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. Wow Blaine!
CeCe Moore – CeCe is an amazing force for public awareness of genetic genealogy and for adoptee reunions. Between motherhood, solving DNA mysteries, and consulting on a TV show like Finding Your Roots, she has a busy schedule. Her DNA Detectives group on Facebook has over 21,000 members. She does not stop there though. She also teaches many classes on adoption searches and DNA testing including the upcoming I4GG conference. Last but not least, CeCe has the ability to build those around her up and change them for the better. For her kindness, CeCe is an inspiration.
Debbie Kennett – Debbie is the blogger behind the Cruwys news blog. She is also the force behind the ISOGG Wiki. You would think that would be enough for this amazing woman, but no. She also presents at genealogy conferences across Europe. Many of her talks are free to watch on YouTube. Here are some from the last year.
Katherine Borges – Katherine is the director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, ISOGG and chaplain in her local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR –She is a past Regent too. She is an outstanding spokes person for DNA testing as part of standard genealogy. This year alone she has advocated for the community at WDYTYA in Birmingham, England, DAR Continental Congress in Washington DC, Genealogy Days in Umea, Sweden, California DAR Southern Council in Irvine, California. Later this year, she will speak at DAR Northern Council in Rancho Cordova, California and Genetic Genealogy Ireland.
Earlier this year, Katherine became the coordinator of the ISOGG Y-Tree. Further, she has helped revive the Journal of Genetic Genealogy and made it part of ISOGG. How do you do it all, Sista?
Judy Russell – Judy has the amazing Legal Genealogist blog. Her posts about genealogy including DNA testing are consistently spot on. Through her efforts she has been key in the Save the Pensions movement. I would tell you that she is unquestionably one of the strongest women I have ever meet, but Judy would tell you that I need to find a source and cite it. I think coming in #1 in this contest would be a good one.
Schelly Talalay Dardashti – I am trying to be even-handed in my descriptions, but… OK! Of them, Schelly is my favorite person. When she isn't sending me notes to fix typos in my blog (Thank you!), Schelly is part of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies. She also runs the Tracing the Tribe group on Facebook. There, anyone with Jewish heritage is welcome. For making people feel welcome and safe, Schelly rocks!
Well, those are my picks. Now it is your turn to vote yours.