More about CCC ’16 presenters

Prior postings highlighted the featured presenters coming from Ireland and Scotland for “Celtic Roots Across America,” the 2016 Celtic Connections Conference to be held in Minneapolis on August 5-6, 2016. However, eleven other (U.S.) speakers will share their genealogical and historical expertise with conference attendees.

Here’s a little biographical info about some of those presenters and their lecture topics:


Michael Brophy is a professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He has served as Board Member on the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. Mike was featured on the Irish TV series Dead Money, a genealogy TV show about heir searchers, and has also conducted research for Who Do You Think You Are?

Brophy’s lecture topics are “Irish Descendancy Research in the USA” and “Irish American Catholic Genealogy.”


Richard M. Doherty of Troy, Michigan, is a professional genealogist, lecturer, and author with more than 40 years of experience. Dick is director of Celtic Quest LLC and has made 35 research trips to Ireland. He lectures in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland and is a past-president of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research and the Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan.

Doherty’s presentations will be “Tracking Generations Using 19th Century Irish Land Valuation Records” and “Staying on Track: Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Irish Research.”


Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CGSM, is a full-time faculty member at Walden University, mentoring doctoral students in Education, Adult Learning, and Higher Education. Among other publications, Alice edited Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, published between 1989 and 2004. She has several decades of family history research experience and teaching, most recently on using DNA in solving genealogical problems and understanding the multigenerational patterns in families.

Eicholz will speak on “DNA Side of Genealogy.”


Nora Galvin, CGSM, is a descendant of nine immigrants from Ireland who settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. A professional genealogist, she specializes in Connecticut and Irish research and genetic genealogy. She has completed two courses at IGHR (Samford University): Writing and Publishing for Genealogists and Irish Genealogical Research.

Galvin’s lecture topics will be “Connecting to Your Extended Family Using DNA”and “How to Use Your Autosomal DNA Results from FTDNA, 23&Me, or Ancestry DNA.”


Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., is a professional genealogist focusing on American and English research. Lois has three degrees in history, and has studied at major genealogical institutes. She writes for Minnesota Genealogist and The Septs, teaches about genealogical records and methods, and volunteers for a number of genealogical and lineage societies.

Mackin’s presentation will be “Researching Cornish Ancestry.”

We’ll highlight more presenters in upcoming blog postings. If you can’t wait to read more – or perhaps you’re ready to register for the conference, click here:

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