Mentors

Do you need help understanding something or are stuck and in need of guidance?

These mentors are here to help, and their services are free for VBGS members!

The list is alphabetical by first name. See who you think may be able to assist you and send them an email.

APRIL OWENS, email
Specialty: Converting media (VHS Tapes, 8mm, Pictures, Slides, Documents, etc.)
Locations: Hampton Roads Area
Surnames: Humphrey, Eason, Carter, Boaze, Osborne, Nightingale, Young, Griffith, Wells, Snow, Oakes, Grubb
CRAIG FENTON, email
Specialty: DNA
Locations: Norfolk Co., Virginia; Massachusetts, Connecticut
Surnames: Parsons (Virginia), Etheridge, Merryman, Peirson, Fenton, Phelps, Ensign and Dorrance
DEBBY CHRISTIAN, email
Specialty: Planning a Genealogy Trip to Europe
Locations: Western Pennsylvania; Clarion Co., Pennsylvania
DIANA QUINN, email
Specialty: Ancestry, Ancestry DNA, newspapers, DNA clusters, general questions
Locations: North Caolina (Martin Co., Sampson Co.), Louisiana (Bienville Par.), Texas (Erath Co., Falls Co., Baylor Co.), Kentucky (Edmonson Co.),  Vermont (Bennington Co., Windham Co.),  Ireland (Co. Galway, Co. Clare) 
Surnames: Albritton, Bradshaw, Britt, Bryan, Criswell, Davis, Driscoll, Giddens, Glynn, Hairston, Murray, Quinn, Reed, Regan,
DIANE FENTON, email
Locations: extreme Eastern North Carolina, coastal New York, Westshester Co., Rhode Island (1600 – 1700s)
Surnames: New York: Applebee, Baily, Dearborn, Holms, Tuttle; Eastern NC: Midgett, O’Neal, Rollinson, Styron, Willis
DUANE HARDING, email
Specialties: Basic genealogy, Computer graphics, Google Earth, Google Maps, PC computer skills, Mail-merge for mass mailings, Maps, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Paleography (old handwriting), Pdf files, Scanning, The Internet Cloud
Locations: Maine, Massachusetts (especially Cape Cod, going back to the Mayflower)
HEATHER WRIGHT, email
Specialties: Legacy Family Tree, Family Search, DNA (23andMe, FTDNA, GEDmatch, DNA Painter), Weebly (build personal website), general questions, organizing digital genealogy
Locations: Pennsylvania (Allegheny Co., Washington Co., Fayette Co.); West Virginia (Morgan Co.); Italy (Tuscany)
Surnames: Baird, Berti, Bisogni, Crow, Finley, Hovermale, McFarquhar, McKean, McKennan, Reed, Thompson, Trumpy, Wilson
KAY KNIGHT, email 
Specialty: WikiTree; New York Wills and Land Records
Locations: Central New York, Illinois, Iowa, Connecticut
Surnames: Sands, Whiting, Cornish, Woodworth, Rood; Scranton, Sanford, Reed
RENEE HAYNES, email
Specialty: Ancestry, DNA
Locations: North Carolina (Gates Co., Chowan Co.)
Surnames: Blanchard, Hudgins

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