Meet Marquee Speaker Diahan Southard

Diahan Southard

Diahan Southard is a leading voice for consumer DNA testing from her position as Founder of Your DNA Guide. Diahan teaches internationally, and consults with leading testing companies and forensics experts. Southard’s company, Your DNA Guide (, deploys a team of scientists who provide one-on-one genetic genealogy education and research services.  Diahan’s 22 years of experience is reflected in her passion for genetic genealogy, her genuine love for people, and her gift for making the technical understandable.

At the IGGP Conference in July, Diahan will be presenting on It Is Getting Easier to Be Genetically German – The Latest Updates!. See you there! 

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Which Johann Christoph is mine? by Judy Russell

Judy Russell – Which Johann Christoph is mine

At the IGGP Conference in July, Judy’s topic will be Which Johann Christoph is Mine? When every family in town shares a surname and all the sons are Johann Christoph or Gerhard, and all the daughters are Maria or Margarethe, how do we distinguish among them? What are the tools we can use to figure out which Johann Christoph is mine?

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM. Her award-winning blog is at

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Meet Marquee Speaker Michael Strauss

Michael L. Strauss, AG

Michael L. Strauss, AG, is a professional Accredited Genealogist and a nationally recognized genealogical speaker. He has been employed as a forensic genealogist for 25 years and has a BA in history and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. Michael is also a qualified expert witness in the courts in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Strauss has been a faculty member of IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP and has been involved in Civil War reenacting for more than 25 years.

At the IGGP Conference in July, Michael will be presenting on German 1848ers and their fight towards freedom and Secret Societies: German Americans in Fraternal Organizations. See you there! 

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