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James Pylant, Editor, is a historical true-crime writer and authorized celebrity biographer. He wrote a genealogy column for seven newspapers, edited American Genealogy Magazine, worked full-time as a professional genealogist for Lineages, Inc., in Salt Lake City, served on the board of directors of Central Texas Historical Preservation, Inc., and the advisory board of Tarleton State University’s Cross Timbers Historical Images Project. A member of the National Genealogical Society and a graduate of its educational program, American Genealogy: A Basic Course, he was a consultant for The Bottom Line and a contest judge for the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.

Lady (Jeanie) Luckhoo, Associate Editor Emeritus, has more than 35 years of experience in genealogical research. Her Ladyship has lectured on specialized aspects of genealogical research, including “The Life of Pocahontas.” She has visited many research libraries and archives, including the College of Arms in London.

Contributing Editors

Myra Vanderpool Gormley, Certified Genealogist, is a retired syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times. She served as editor of RootsWeb Review and as a writer for Colonial Homes. The founding president of the Council of Genealogy Columnists (now the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors), she is author of Kansas Gunsmoke: A History of the Garden City Police Department, Cherokee Connections, Prima’s Official Companion to Family Tree Maker (versions 5 and 7), and Family Diseases: Are You At Risk?

Winston De Ville, Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, served as director of three publishing firms: Genealogical Publishing Company, Polyanthos, and Provincial Press. He also worked as an editorial consultant in New York and France. A former trustee of the Association of Professional Genealogists, he was a member of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Winston De Ville is one of the few qualified expert witnesses court case consultants involving genealogical evidence. In one case, Mr. De Ville assisted the U.S. Department of Justice with its deportation charges against a World War II war-criminal.

Rhonda R. McClure, formerly a contributing editor to Biography Magazine and The History Channel Magazine, she served as forum manager for the Genealogy Forum on MSN. She is the author of Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors and the award-winning The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Genealogy, among other titles. Rhonda McClure edited the Utah Genealogical Association’s quarterly Crossroads, appeared on the PBS-TV series Finding Your Roots with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., and speaks at national conferences, including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Melissa Berry has a Masters Degree in English Literature from Salem State University. Her historical articles have appeared in several Massachusetts newspapers, including Winchester Star, Eagle Lawrence Tribune, Newburyport News, Ipswich Chronicle, and The Current. Chosen as one of the bloggers for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference, she is also working on blogging projects for DAR.org, gemr.com, and the Tide Mill Institute. Melissa loves all things historical, as well as reading, writing, gardening, and long walks.

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