KENYATTA D. 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 Past 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)

Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a professional genealogist and the founder of Historations. A nationally known and recognized genealogical speaker and researcher, Joshua has a long history in the genealogical community. He is the current president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and is the former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and Director of Family History at Findmypast. For his work in genealogy, Joshua is recipient of numerous awards and honors and he is a faculty member of several genealogical institutes, including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.  He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and was been a featured genealogist on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?. You can learn more about Joshua online at

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Mary M. Tedesco (Genealogist)

Mary M. Tedesco is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author. She is featured on the PBS TV series “Genealogy Roadshow” and is the Founder of ORIGINS ITALY, a firm specializing in Italian and Italian-American genealogical and family history research. Mary is the co-author of “Tracing Your Italian Ancestors” an 84-page Italian research guide published by Moorshead Magazines. She 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. 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 and English) on her mother’s side and is proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.