Presenters Bios

Anderson, Leslie
Leslie Anderson, a native Virginian, is a reference librarian at Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections Branch. Her article "Tabitha (Bugg) George Smith of Mecklenburg County, Virginia" won the 2013 NGS Family History Writing Contest. Her publications include Alexandria and Virginia Slave Births Index, 1853-1865. She has lectured at local, regional, and national conferences. Media appearances include C-SPAN's American History TV and Blog Talk Radio.
Bennett, Bernice Alexander
Bernice Alexander Bennett is an author, lecturer, storyteller and family historian researching and documenting her African American roots in Louisiana and South Carolina. She is also the producer and host of a weekly Blogtalkradio show - Ancestors Footprints and is also a coordinator and faculty member for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. Bennett has spoken at national and local genealogical societies.
Coldren-Walker, Julia
Julia Coldren-Walker began personal research 1967 although with only sporadic activity until 1987 when it became a passion. She began internet genealogy in 1990 with Compuserve Genealogy Forum. She has served as Registrar Toaping Castle Chapter NSDAR 1993-2000, 2002-2206 and 2008-2010. She began genealogical lecturing in 1999 as part of the Prince George's Genealogy Society Library series. She has lectured at the Baltimore Stake FHC every year since 2001 and at the Washington DC FHC since 2006.

Ms. Coldren-Walker is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research at NARA. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogist (APG). She has attended the NGS Family History Conferences and the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conferences along with the concurrent APG Professional Management Conference. She has a B.A. in History and in Government and an M.A. in International Relations.
Hochreiter, Andrew J.
Andrew J. Hochreiter, MEd, MIS, is a genetic genealogist who manages multiple DNA surname projects and has successfully applied DNA to trace several related family branches overseas. He has over 28 years of experience in genealogical research and 12 years involved with genetic genealogy. Mr. Hochreiter instructs continuing education courses in basic and advanced genetic genealogy at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. He is a facilitator for the genetic genealogy module of the on-line Genealogical Research Course at Boston University. Mr. Hochreiter is a great enthusiast and user of genetic genealogy as another valuable means to trace family history and solve genealogical problems.
Kemp, Natonne Elaine
Natonne Elaine Kemp, a native Washingtonian, is a family historian researching ancestors from the District of Columbia, South Carolina, and Virginia. From 2011-2013, she served as the editor of Homeplace, the official newsletter of the Old Edgefield District African American Genealogical Society (OEDAAGS). In 2012, the South Carolina Genealogical Society selected Homeplace as the best newsletter with fewer than 100 members. Her article, "Stumbling Without the 1890 Census" was the best article by a newsletter with fewer than 100 members.

In November 2017, Natonne and her co-author, the late Edna Gail Bush, self-published their book, There Is Something About Edgefield: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy & Genetic DNA (Rocky Pond Press). The book won the 2018 International AAHGS Book Award for Non-Fiction: Education. The book was the co-recipient of the South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation's Project Award for the 2017 Preserving Our Places in History Awards. Other honorable mentions include (a) an Award Finalist, 2018 Best Book Awards, History: United States, (b) Tenacious Genealogy's 10 Books on African American Genealogy & History, and (c) 2018 Shelf Unbound 100 Notable Indie Books.

Natonne is a 2010 graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Records (NIGR), now known as the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed). Presently, she serves on the Journal Editorial Board of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.
Mason, Charles S., Jr.
Charles S. "Chuck" Mason, Jr. is a Certified Genealogist, specializing in Southern New Jersey and 19th and 20th Century Death Records. He is a Past President of both the Fairfax and the Mount Vernon (Virginia) Genealogical Societies and the National Institute on Genealogical Research Alumni Association (now Gen-Fed).
McGhie, Angela
Angela Packer McGhie, CG, is the Education Director for the National Genealogical Society. She teaches at genealogical institutes and national conferences, and enjoys serving as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the BCG Education Fund, and the ProGen Study Program.
Minor, Lorraine Dutcher
Lorraine Dutcher Minor is past president of Montgomery History's Genealogical Society, has served as chair of the Education Committee and is currently Co-Program Chair. She has completed the National Genealogical Society home study course and several Family History courses from Brigham Young University and attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research. She teaches classes and speaks locally on basic genealogical subjects and as a volunteer at the Washington DC Family History Center in Kensington, MD, she leads the Beginners Special Interest Group. Currently, she is researching her ancestors from Maine, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Lithuania and Poland and helping her husband with research in Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.
Mortensen, Sue
Sue Mortensen studied history and genealogy at Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in American History from Western Connecticut State University. She has over 30 years genealogical research experience with a focus on Virginia and Missouri research. She has served for many years as a family history consultant and has been a volunteer at the family history libraries in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. She is currently "on the clock" and is writing a biography of her great grandfather, William James Hinchey, a somewhat famous Irish-American artist.
Petranek, Carol Kostakos
Carol Kostakos Petranek serves as an Assistant Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects. She is a Citizen Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and volunteers as a Genealogy Aid in the Research Room. Carol is the Volunteer Coordinator for a FamilySearch/Maryland Archive digitization project of Probate and Estate Records. She specializes in Greek research and is involved in Greek records preservation for MyHeritage.