Our Family History Experts

  • A native of Ireland, Joe Buggy has worked as a genealogist and lectured extensively in both the United States and his home country. He has a deep knowledge of Irish immigration to North America and is the author of Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City

  • Janette’s passion for Jewish genealogy began with her grandparents’ stories. Those stories led her on a quest to find her own ancestors in Europe and to teach others about genealogy and history.

  • Brian is a specialist in research in German-speaking lands and immigration research. As the son of an immigrant and a life-long scholar of European history, Brian has special insight into subtle clues in records that can lead to new discoveries and interesting family stories.

  • Michael brings a decade of research experience and a background as a researcher and producer of Who Do You Think You Are? to the ProGenealogists team.  With a master’s degree in history, he specializes in the 19th and 20th century United States.

  • Virginia is originally from the great state of Virginia, and as the daughter of two historians, she grew up visiting the historical sites of the south. As a teenager, she began researching her own family history, which includes Russian and Polish immigrants on one side, and colonial American roots on the other. She taught at Brigham Young University for nine years, and she has worked as a professional genealogist for almost 10 years. 

    Virginia has a bachelor's degree in classical studies (history and Latin literature) and a master's degree in humanities (Medieval and Renaissance studies) from BYU. She is an accredited genealogist in the U.S. Mid-South region. Her areas of expertise include U.S. research (particularly the Southern States), African American research, pre-1850 U.S. research and early American migration.

  • Quentin specializes in Irish-American Genealogy. He has a BA degree in Communications from Northern Illinois University and a JD degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. Quentin was a former instructor in history at East-West University, Chicago, Illinois. He has provided research for the television shows Finding Your Roots and Who Do you Think You Are?

  • Katie is an Accredited Genealogist with a degree in family history from Brigham Young University. With extensive experience as a researcher, teacher, and presenter, she currently manages a Southern States research team at AncestryProGenealogists, where she enjoys the great pleasure of introducing many wonderful clients, both private and celebrity, to their own ancestors. Her expertise in Southern States, colonial U.S., African-American, and British research is reflected in the "Who Do You Think You Are?" episodes for Smokey Robinson and Jon Cryer, for which she led the team, and many others for which she contributed research. Katie lives in Utah, where she and her husband, also a professional genealogist, created their own family tree with six limbs and (currently) 10 branches.

  • Neil is a native of Sussex, England and an expert in the social history and geography of England in the 19th century. He has authored several family histories and has been a lead researcher for episodes of Who Do You Think You Are?.

  • Lorraine has been enthusiastically involved in genealogy and family history work for many years. She has conducted professional genealogy research for over 15 years and joined ProGen in 2009, working on client research and the Who Do You Think You Are? TV series, researching celebrities such as Tim McGraw, Reba McEntyre, Kelly Clarkson, Chris O'Donnell, and others.

  • Joseph discovered the thrill of genealogy at age 12, and at 14, began volunteering at his local Family History Center. By age 16 he was teaching classes and lecturing on various family history topics, and at age 18 was presented the Young Historian of the Year Award by the Wyoming State Historical Society. 

    He has worked as a British Reference Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and has lecutred at many regional and national genealogical conferences. He has been a part of the AncestryProGenealogists team since 2007. As part of his work, he has also made multiple television appearances on such shows as CBS This Morning, CNN's Starting Point, The Jimmy Kimmel Show and 12 episodes of Who Do You Think You Are?.

    Joseph is a member of the Genealogical Speaker's Guild (GSG) and has served as both president and vice president of the Salt Lake Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). He has also served on the Board of Commissioners for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen).

    His primary areas of research expertise include the United States (South and Mid-Atlantic), England, Wales, Scotland, Latin America, Caribbean, African-American, probate and missing heirs, and immigration.

  • Megan is a skilled genealogist specializing in immigration from western European countries to the United States. She has a bachelor’s degree in History and has conducted research for several episodes of the TV show Who Do You Think You Are?.

  • Paul has worked in the genealogical field for more than 20 years. He was an archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. for years, mostly in the Office of Presidential Libraries, where he worked with the Nixon Presidential Materials Project and helped process the “secret” White House tapes.

  • George has more than 35 years of genealogical experience and is a founder of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He is an experienced presenter who has authored books on his favorite specialty—Italy.

  • Cheryl began genealogical research on her own family in 1974. The first ancestral line she researched was in Sweden and she was able to trace her family back into the 1600s. With this success, she was hooked. Her interest in genealogy inspired her to pursue her degree in history and start her own genealogical research company while working as a Director/Creator for the Waldo County Archive. 

  • Paul is an award winning genealogist with over 10 years of experience. He is the author of multiple books related to Georgia genealogy and records and worked on research for Who Do You Think You Are? episodes from 2012-2014.

  • Kyle makes frequent trips to research on-site throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, France, Germany, Eastern Europe, and other European countries. He appeared on "Who Do You Think You Are?" with Trisha Yearwood.

  • Sherry has researched, written and lectured on genealogy for over 30 years. A descendant of Danish immigrants, her specialty is Scandinavia and the United States, as well as immigration.

  • Wade is a skilled writer and lecturer. He specializes in Austro-Hungarian Empire research and has more than 25 years of experience. He authored the book Land and Property Research in the United States.

  • Kathryn received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and has owned a genealogy research company. She specializes in research in the United States including the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic states, and Northern California.

  • Kevan lived in Germany for several years and specializes in German research; he has written a book and created map guides on the topic. He has more than 30 years of experience in genealogy research.

  • Krysten worked for Ancestry.com researching the family lines of celebrities and prominent Americans like President Barack Obama and his relationship to American businessman Warren Buffet.

  • Kory is an author, presenter, teacher, and one of the founding partners of ProGenealogists. He has been involved in several television series and continues to manage research teams for the popular TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?".

  • Sherry is a Certified Genealogist specializing in United States research, particularly in Southern and Midwestern states. She loves helping others learn about their own family history.

  • Eva Goodwin grew up in Upstate New York and is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She brings to her professional work a broad range of personal research experience, specializing in breaking down ancestral “brick walls” and solving DNA mysteries. She lived in Munich, Germany, for two years and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost a decade. 

  • Jeffery has conducted genealogical research for over 30 years. He received his Masters Degree from the University of Phoenix and has owned a genealogical research company. He has broad research experience throughout America and Europe.

  • Lindsay’s extensive knowledge of genealogy and history has helped her develop expertise in Irish research, including tracing Irish immigrants in the U.S. back to their place of origin. She has worked on several episodes of the “Who Do You Think You Are?” TV show, and she spent several years on the board for the Utah Society of Mayflower Descendants.

  • Nathan Murphy grew up in Kentucky, inheriting his father’s passion for genealogy at a young age. Southern United States, colonial immigration, and English research are his specialties. In 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists.

  • Dawne Slater has been a Certified Genealogist® for more than 20 years. Before coming to AncestryProGenealogists, she was a librarian at the renowned Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and French and masters’ degrees in American History and Library Science. 

  • As one of the most sought after genetic genealogists and internationally recognized educators in the field, Angie Bush combines years of experience in biotech with a passion for genealogical research and a unique ability to solve seemingly impossible cases. Her primary research interests include cases of unknown parentage, such as recent adoption and donor conception; triangulating answers to tough genealogical questions using traditional records and genetic evidence; non-traditional families and the LGBTQ community. Currently Region 1 Director for the National Genealogical Society and chair of its Genetic Genealogy Committee, Angie is an active player on the national stage, presenting frequently on new trends in genetic genealogy. Behind her passion for research lies the belief that genealogy is an opportunity to connect with people from around the world and to enable them to connect with each other. Angie is a Utah native and lives in Sandy, Utah with her husband and two descendants.

  • Lindsay specializes in Central and Eastern European research, including Jewish genealogy. She has a master’s degree in history and uses that knowledge to help others discover the fascinating stories of their immigrant ancestors.

  • Gordon L. Remington, FUGA, FASG a native of western New York State, has 39 years’ experience as a professional genealogist. He is a nationally and internationally known author and lecturer on New York State records and research.

Michael Miller



Michael comes from a long pedigree of genealogists and has done research himself for nearly a decade.  Before coming to Ancestry ProGenealogists, he was a researcher and associate producer of "Who Do You Think You Are?" for three years, using his talents to discover amazing stories in the ancestry of celebrities.  Today, he specializes in many regions of U.S. history, finding unknown biological ancestors, complex DNA research, adoptions, and in cracking tough family mysteries.

Degrees and Credentials

Classics - Bachelors
History - Masters

Region Specialties

United States Regions

Great Plains States Region, Gulf South States Region, Mid Atlantic States Region, Mid South States Region, Midwest States Region, Mountain West States Region, New England States Region, Pacific States Region

Research Type Specialites

Adoption, Biographical/Story, Caucasian, DNA, Heir Research, People Finding, Unknown Parentage

Language Specialties

English, Greek, Spanish