KENYATTA BERRY  (Genealogist)

Kenyatta D. Berry is a genealogist, businesswoman and lawyer with more than fifteen years experience in genealogical research and writing.  A native of Detroit, Ms. Berry graduated from Bates Academy, Cass Technical High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  She began her genealogical journey while in law school and studying at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing.   Ms. Berry has deep roots in Detroit; her ancestors have lived in Detroit since the late 1920’s.

She is the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and on the Council of the Corporation for the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston.  A frequent lecturer and writer, her area of focus is African American and Slave Ancestral research.  Ms. Berry is an avid Detroit sports fan and loves to watch the Lions, Tigers and Red Wings from her home in Santa Monica.

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JOSHUA TAYLOR   (Genealogist)

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. Active in the genealogical community, Joshua is the current President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Joshua is the former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Joshua is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit, and the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?. Currently, Joshua is the Lead Genealogist and Business Development Manager for

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Mary Tedesco

Mary M. Tedesco (Genealogist)

Mary M. Tedesco is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author. She’s the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY, a firm specializing in Italian and Italian-American genealogical and family history research. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Boston University and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University’s Center for Professional Education. She is a member of many local and national genealogical societies and serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. In addition to her Italian ancestry (Calabria, Trentino-Alto Adige and Tuscany) on her father’s side, Mary also has deep American roots (German, Irish, Danish andEnglish) on her mother’s side and is proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution..