John Colletta

John Philip Colletta is one of America's most popular genealogical lecturers.  Entertaining, knowledgeable and experienced, he is based in Washington, DC. For 20 years he conducted workshops for the National Archives and taught courses for the Smithsonian Institution and local universities.  Today he lectures nationally and is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.  He has also been an instructor and course coordinator for the National Institute on Genealogical Research, the Genealogical Institute of Texas, and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America.  His publications include two manuals -- They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival Record and Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans -- and numerous how-to articles .  His latest book -- Only a Few Bones:  A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath -- is a history of the German-speaking merchants of the Mississippi Delta during Reconstruction.  It is written around the mysterious destruction of his great great grandfather's country store, and its five unfortunate inhabitants.  Dr. Colletta has appeared on local and national radio and television, is featured in Episode Four of "Ancestors," the ten-part KBYU-TV series, as well as its sequel aired in 2000.  His Ph.D. in Medieval French Literature is from The Catholic University of America.


Lisa Alzo

Lisa Alzo is a genealogist and writer currently residing in New York. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of five books and numerous magazine articles. She has also been an avid genealogist for over 16 years. She uses her expertise to teach online genealogy courses and is a frequently invited speaker for national conferences, genealogical and historical societies.


Buford Suffridge

Buford J. Suffridge is a native of Arkansas, a graduate of the University of Arkansas, the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and received a Master's Degree in Dentistry with specialty in orthodontics from St. Louis University Medical Center. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has practiced orthodontics in North Little Rock, Arkansas for over 33 years.


With a background in science he developed an early interest in DNA and in recent years became fascinated with the use of DNA in genealogy research. He currently serves as president of the Perry County Historical and Genealogical Society, was co-author of Perry County, Arkansas: Its Land & People and writes a weekly column for the Perry County Edition of the Petit Jean Country Headlight entitled "Glimpses of the Past." He was a speaker at the 2007 National Genealogical Society Conference in Richmond, Virginia, has spoken at the Arkansas Genealogical Society Annual Fall Seminar, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies of the Little Rock Public Library and is a popular speaker for numerous local genealogical societies.


Maxine Jackson

She started working for a law firm in 1956 which included title abstracting of land records.  This evolved into research not only for surface titles but coal, oil and gas, and mineral rights.  The Genealogy research came when she helped travelers complete family information (which they thought could be done in a day).


Sheila Brown

Sheila Brown was born and raised in Texas.  The earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Texas Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  Her interest in genealogy was sparked by a portrait and some old letters that her father inherited from his grandfather.  Since the early 1990’s Ms. Brown and her father have been able to identify the couple in the portrait and trace the family tree back to the 1790’s in Virginia.  Ms. Brown was instrumental in establishing the Cranberry Genealogy Club which meets monthly in Cranberry Township, Butler County, PA.  She is the Butler County Federated Library System Administrator and works to coordinate library services throughout Butler County.


Al Mechling

Al Mechling, owner and General Manager of Mechling Bookbindery, Chicora, PA, started his business with his wife, Marla, in 1995 in their garage.  Since then, the company has grown into a 10,000 square foot manufacturing facility.  Mechling Bookbindery offers a unique range of printing, publishing, bookbinding and restoration services.



Kari McConnell

Kari McConnell is Manager of the Graphics Department at Mechling Bookbindery, where she designs book covers as well as many other printed materials, and does the layout and designing of books.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and an Associate Degree in Applied Science and Arts/Graphic Design from Butler County Community College.


Brad Pflugh

Brad Pflugh teaches Social Studies at Knoch High School and is an adjunct faculty at Butler County Community College. He grew up in Butler and earned a Bachelors and a Masters Degree from Slippery Rock University. Brad has published “Butler County in the Civil War”, available from Mechling Bookbindery, detailing the action of each unit formed in Butler County. Brad earned a “Red Apple” award in 2005 for being one of the nine outstanding teachers in Butler County. He is currently Department Chair


Perry K. Blatz
Perry K. Blatz (Princeton University), Associate Professor of History and Director, Public History: Archival, Museum, and Editing Studies. Dr. Blatz is a specialist in the history of the United States from 1815 to 1930. His book, Democratic Miners: Work and Labor Relations in the Anthracite Coal Industry, 1875-1925, was published by State University of New York Press. He was also associate editor and a contributor to Keystone of Democracy: A History of Pennsylvania Workers (Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1999). His most recent publication is Eckley Miners' Village (Mechanicsburg, PA:  Stackpole Books, 2003), in the Pennsylvania Trail of History guide series.


John Rodgers

John Rodgers worked as a professional photographer and has won awards for many images. He has also spent time working in adult education, teaching basic and advanced photography, later teaching at Butler County Community College. At the college he taught basic and advanced photography as well as darkroom techniques. Now retired, he has participated in numerous conferences on Adobe Photoshop and conducted seminars on the retouching and restoration of precious memories.