Genealogy Rockstar Gold Medals

The genealogy community has voted, and the medals have been awarded.

What is a Genealogy Rockstar? Here’s John D. Reid’s definition:

Rockstar genealogists are those who give “must attend” presentations at family history conferences or at webinars. Who, when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy. Who you hang on their every word on a blog, podcast or newsgroup or follow avidly on Facebook or Twitter.

And the Gold Medal winners are:

  • Judy Russell (USA)
  • Dick Eastman (Canada)
  • Steven Smyrl (Ireland)
  • Shauna Hicks (Australia and New Zealand)
  • Janet Few (England, Scotland, Wales)
  • Roberta Estes (DNA)

Here are more poll results for Ireland:

  1. Steven Smyrl
  2. Claire Santry
  3. John Grenham
  4. Fiona Fitzsimons
  5. Brian Donovan
  6. William Roulston

Congratulations to all!

If you attended the Celtic Connections Conference 2014 last month in Waltham, Massachusetts, you met two of the Irish Genealogy Rockstars, John Grenham and Brian Donovan. (Stay tuned here for details about the Celtic Connections Conference 2016 to be held in Minneapolis/St Paul metro area.)

Also, Judy Russell will be the featured speaker at the North Star 2014 conference, to be held October 3-4, 2014 at Colonial Church, Edina, MN. Registration is open at


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