Speaking at RootsTechI teach and speak on a range of subjects, especially creative research approaches, storytelling for family historians, technology in the genealogy industry, and community-based research projects.  My approach combines real-world research and storytelling examples to demonstrate not only how to make surprising discoveries, but also how to share them in an engaging way.

I have spoken at many large family history conferences and numerous local groups all over the U.S., Canada, and Israel, as well as at prestigious venues like the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Skirball Cultural Center, and Ellis Island (complete list below).  I have also been featured multiple times on BYU Radio.

See me in action in my most popular presentation, “Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family From My Couch: Beginning Internet Genealogy”:

What a treat – it is informative, funny, and instructive… What an excellent presentation! I loved it. I think every genealogist will love it – please don’t miss this one!
Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings

(Please click here if you can’t view the video player above.  Additional videos of past lectures are available here.  My current list of lecture topics is here.)


Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Extension Series Webinars
December 20, 2017, 6 PM PST (register online in advance)

  • 100 Days to a Better Family History

Recent highlights

Forgotten Stories from the Homefront:  Jews in Western Pennsylvania During World War I
November 12, 2017, 10:30 AM; Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA

International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
July 23-28, 2017; Orlando, FL

  • Technology for Creating Cousin Bait that Works; Sunday, 4:30 PM
  • Researching Small-Town Jewish American Communities: A Case Study; Wednesday, 9:45 AM

Federation of Genealogical Societies National Conference
September 1, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA

  • Researching Your Jewish Ancestors in Pennsylvania, 9:30 AM
  • Researching Your Small Pennsylvania Town, 5 PM

125th Anniversary of the Battle of Homestead
April 6, 2017, 7 PM; Rivers of Steel Museum, Homestead, PA

  • From Milltown to Hometown: How the Homestead Strike Shaped a Community

Family History Technology Workshop
February 7, 2017; Provo, UT

  • Data Management for Large-Scale Genealogy Projects

RootsTech 2017
February 8-11, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT

  • The “Minimum Viable Product” for Genealogy Start-ups (Innovator’s Summit)
  • 100 Days to a Better Family History
  • Technology for Creating Cousin Bait that Works

Carlow University
November 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA

  • Guest Lecturer, HS 148 DA: The Homestead Strike

Skirball Cultural Center
December 2, 2015; Los Angeles, CA

  • Annual Herscher Dialogue:  Jack Skirball, A Boy from Homestead

International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
July 6-10, 2015; Jerusalem, Israel

  • Researching Small-Town Jewish American Communities: A Case Study

The Library of Congress
May 18, 2015, 12 PM; Washington, DC

  • In Search of a Usable Past:  Reconstructing the Jewish History of Homestead, Pennsylvania

Past appearances


  • RootsTech 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Family History Technology Workshop 2017
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference 2017
  • New England Regional Genealogical Consortium 2015
  • National Genealogical Society 2014
  • Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society 2014
  • International Conference on Jewish Genealogy 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Jamboree 2012, 2013, 2014
  • A.J. Jacobs’ Global Family Reunion


  • Library of Congress
  • Skirball Cultural Center
  • New York Public Library
  • Ellis Island
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Heinz History Center
  • Carnegie Library of Homestead

Local groups:

  • AZ:  Arizona Jewish Historical Society
  • CA:  Southern California Genealogical Society, Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, JGS of Conejo Valley & Venture County
  • CT:  Darien Library-Family Search “Come Discover an Ancestor Day”
  • DC:  JGS of Greater Washington
  • MD:  JGS of Maryland
  • MA:  JGS of Greater Boston
  • NJ:  New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Monmouth County Genealogical Society
  • NY:  New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, JGS of New York
  • PA:  Carlow University, Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Bucks County Genealogical Society, North Hills Genealogists, South Hills Genealogy Day, JGS of Greater Philadelphia, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Women’s Club of Upper St. Clair, Beth Samuel Jewish Center, Beth El of the South Hills, Beth Shalom Pittsburgh
  • UT:  Utah Genealogical Association
  • Canada:  London Jewish Book Fair & Family Festival