Auckland Libraries: Family History Expo 2019 speakers

Family History Expo 2019 speakers

Auckland Family History Expo 2019 welcomes international and local guest speakers who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in researching genealogy.

International speakers

Dr Nick Barratt



Dr Nick Barratt  is an author, broadcaster, and historian best known for BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?  He is an honorary associate professor of public history at the University of Nottingham, director for the University of London’s Senate House Library, and a teaching fellow at the University of Dundee. Currently, he is the President of the Federation of Family History Societies and sits on the Executive Committee of the Community Archives and Heritage Group. 

Listen to New Zealand genealogist Jan Gow QSM FSG interview keynote speaker Dr Nick Barratt. 

Cyndi Ingle 



Cyndi Ingle is the creator behind the award-winning, a free categorized list of more than 336,000 links for genealogical research. A genealogist for more than 39 years, Cyndi has also specialised in bringing together traditional methodology with modern technology.  She is the recipient of the 2018 Society of Genealogists Prince Michael of Kent Award, the 2016 National Genealogical Society President's Citation, and many other awards and honours. She is an internationally-known guest lecturer, and has authored numerous articles and three books. 

Raymon Naisbitt

Supervisor, FamilySearch 


Raymon Naisbitt, graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Minors in History and International Studies. He served on the Board of Directors for the Utah Genealogical Association, and as a Commissioner for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen), accredited in England research. Raymon has worked as a consultant, instructor, trainer and manager at the Family History Library and currently manages the Professional Services team.   

Listen to New Zealand genealogist Jan Gow QSM FSG interview Raymon Naisbitt. 

Russ Wilding

Chief Content Officer, MyHeritage 

Russ' work has led to the establishment of the MyHeritage digital archive of more than 9 billion records, one of the largest global collections online today. He brings a wealth of expertise in historical content acquisition, licensing and digitization from his previous 11-year role as CEO of iArchives, Inc. and as Founder and CEO of its customer-facing website Footnote.corn, which was sold to in 2010. 

Jason Reeve

Content Manager, Ancestry 

Originally from Adelaide in South Australia, Jason has spent several years working within the information technology industry. A passionate advocate for all things history, Jason works closely with a range of archives, registries, historical and genealogical societies to uncover new record collections and share them with the Ancestry community. He is a regular speaker at genealogy events on Ancestry and AncestryDNA genetic testing.

Local guest speakers

Jan Gow

Jan Gow QSM FSG is both a Past Treasurer and President of the NZ Society of Genealogists. She has been awarded the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Service and is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists, London.  She holds the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for service to genealogy. 
Since 1985, Jan has spoken and taught at local, national and international conferences, as well as on cruise ships and in community education.

Visit Jan's website - Hooked on Genealogy Tours .

Andy Fenton

Andy Fenton (NZ Micrographics ) is the CEO and co-founder of New Zealand Micrographic Services Ltd and Desktop Imaging Ltd.  Andy has arguably overseen more digitisation projects than any other Kiwi. Today he is a member of Standards NZ’s International Review Group IT-021. He is particularly motivated to ensure smaller institutions have equal access to knowledge about Digitisation and Records’ standards, and how to engage effectively online with cultural heritage collections.

Fiona Brooker

Fiona has served as both President and Treasurer of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) and has worked with local branches, including convening the 2008 and 2018 national conferences. She holds a Higher Certificate in Genealogy from the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. She began her company Memories in Time from a desire to help others trace their family history. She has helped people get started; get through roadblocks; get organised and find heirs to estates. 

Michelle Patient

Michelle is a genealogist and scientist with qualifications in chemistry and geology. She is a past President of the NZ Society of Genealogists and current NZ representative of the Guild of One Name Studies  (GOONS). She has spoken in New Zealand, Australia and England. Michelle belongs to many genealogy societies and has a keen interest in education, surname research, adoptions, methodology, and technology. She values DNA as an essential resource and has set up the New Zealand DNA Users Group on Facebook  to assist and support researchers using this new tool.