2020 Heartland Family History Conference
Breakout Session Presenters
 
Danni Altman-Newell  (Overland Park, KS) - Dannell “Danni” Altman-Newell is a native Kansas Citian. She is employed as Director of Operations at the National Storytelling Network and serves as an enthusiastic volunteer at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. A graduate of ProGen, she specializes in Great War, Fraternal Organization, and Midwest research.
 
Elizabeth Burnes (Kansas City, MO) - Elizabeth Burnes is an Archivist for the National Archives at Kansas City who serves as NARA's Subject Matter Expert for Immigrant Records and is the lead archivist for Alien Files (A-Files) reference. 
 
Kevin Cassidy, JD (Omaha, NE) - Kevin Cassidy is an avid researcher and lecturer on genealogy topics. Kevin has had several pieces published in newsletters and genealogy magazines including Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. His talks are research and strategy centered. He has history and law degrees and a diploma in family history.
 
Gary W. Clark  (Wichita, KS)  - Gary Clark is the owner of the PhotoTree.com web site, a source of historical information about vintage photos as they relate to genealogical studies.  As a life-long photographer and a graphics designer, he began researching and writing about 19th century history and photography more than 25 years ago.
 
Don Daniels (Topeka, KS) - Don Daniels graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Mathematics. in 1974. He retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas in 2007. His research paper on “Intersection of Family Genealogy and Homesteading History” was published in the TGS Journal in January of 2019.
 
Stephen L. Egbert, PhD (Lawrence, KS) - Stephen L Egbert, PhD, has taught topics relating to geography, genocide, and Native lands at the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. He has extensive experience photographing and researching records relating to Native American lands and people at the National Archives.
 
Janis Minor Forté (Chicago, IL) - Janis Minor Forté is an experienced genealogist, writer and lecturer who has presented at national, state and local genealogical conferences. Her presentation specialties include methodology and problem-solving techniques, and African-American slavery era research. She chaired the publication committee of the AAGHSC's 30th Anniversary book Our Heritage: Family Stories, a fully-indexed compilation of genealogies, family stories, pedigree charts and family group sheets.
 
Del Kahre (Colorado Springs, KS) - Del Kahre is the founder of Genealogy4D, a mapping and augmented-reality website for genealogy research. An avid genealogist for 30 years, he is also a presenter and author of Geocoding Your Genealogy. He has personally indexed 1/2 million records from historical maps, deeds, and city directories.
 
Jan Kimbrell (Herington, KS) - Jan Kimbrell has been an enthusiastic supporter of Kansas history and family genealogy research. She has taught classes in basic genealogy to children and adults, lead groups in uncovering their community histories, presented findings before city officials, and continues to involve her own grandchildren in climbing their own family tree.
 
Julia Langel, PhD (Wichita, KS) - Julia Langel got hooked on genealogy when she received a box of family photos to scan twenty years ago. She has been the librarian at the Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society in Wichita since 2013.
 
Shannon Lewis (Omaha, NE) - Shannon Lewis is a dedicated genealogist, records manager, history buff, and data analyst. During her pursuits she has spent 20 years in records repositories of all kinds, with an unbridled passion for records, information, and history. She has a bachelor’s degree in project management and is certified in cemetery preservation.
 
Shaunese Luthy (Vineyard, UT) - Shaunese earned an Associate’s Degree in Family History from Brigham Young University – Idaho and a Bachelor’s Degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University. Her research areas are focused in the: Dakotas Regions, Central Plain Regions, Midwest/Great Lake Regions, Mountain West Region, and LDS Records.
 
Leo E. Oliva, PhD (Woodston, KS) - Leo Oliva is retired professor of history at Fort Hays State University, the author of a dozen books, and a frequent lecturer about Kansas history, frontier military history, and the Santa Fe Trail. He is currently writing a book about women on the Santa Fe Trail with Alice Anne Thompson.
 
KelLee Parr (Manhattan, KS)- KelLee Parr is the author of My Little Valentine and Mansion on a Hill: The Story of The Willows Maternity Sanitarium and the Adoption Hub of America. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and taught elementary school for many years in Topeka
 
Elizabeth W. Saadi, PhD (Topeka, KS) - Dr. Saadi is the Kansas State Registrar for Vital Records. She has worked in the area of public health data collection and analysis for 30 years. Most of her work has involved being an advocate for information sharing to improve health while protecting privacy.
 
Susan Schlichting (Ellis, KS) - Susan Schlichting, has been researching her family for many years. As an educator and APG member, she enjoys sharing her love of family history with youth, inspiring the next generation of genealogists. Susan specializes in Midwest (NE, KS, IA, IL, IN & OH), Pennsylvania, German, Revolutionary and Civil War research.
 
Kim Stanley, PhD (McPherson, KS) - Kim Stanley is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at McPherson College. She has been a discussion leader for Humanities Kansas since 1992. She likes to help people use stories to explore their lives, and to see writers surprise themselves with the value of their own experiences. (This workshop is sponsored by a Humanities Kansas Speakers Grant)
 
Patty Ann Taylor (Lenexa, KS) - Patty’s interest in genealogy began when she accompanied her father to visit cemeteries. Her father shared stories so she could better understand the ancestor’s lives, and learn about history. Patty feels these stories should be documented for future generations, so she works to share information with others.
 
R. Glenn York (Fort Collins, CO) - Glenn has researched his many colonial ancestors for over 35 years, and is currently the President of the Larimer County (CO) Genealogical Society. Several of his ancestors were Quakers. He has studied their migrations west to Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. He manages over 30 DNA tests for friends and family, and facilitates DNA study groups for two local Genealogical Societies.