Saturday and Sunday, October 20-22, 2017
Keynote: The Power of DNA to Unravel Family Mysteries
CeCe Moore is a full time professional genetic genealogist who is considered an innovator in the use of DNA for genealogy and resolving unknown parentage. She is the genetic genealogy consultant and scriptwriter for the PBS series “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” As the founder of The DNA Detectives, CeCe works extensively on a pro-bono basis with individuals of unknown parentage to help them learn about their genetic heritage, often reuniting them with biological family members. Notably, CeCe led the research teams that recently solved the high profile cases involving amnesiac Benjaman Kyle and foundling Paul Fronczak.
As a leading proponent of genetic genealogy education, CeCe is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and has written the popular blog Your Genetic Genealogist since 2010. She has appeared as a genetic genealogy expert on 20/20, CBS This Morning, The Doctors and Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Business Insider, ABC News, Live Science, Huffington Post, The Root, The Invisible History of the Human Race and many more. Find out more about Cece on her website Your Genetic Genealogist.
Michele Ridge, former First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will offer the opening address at the Plenary Session on October 21st at Dickinson College.
Pennsylvania State Representative Stephen Bloom will provide the opening remarks of the Cumberland Pathways Conference.
Stephen Bloom has served as a Cumberland County representative to the 199th District in the Pennsylvania House since 2010. He has been a practicing lawyer since his admission to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1987, and taught courses in economics, personal finance, and business law at Messiah College. Stephen earned his Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics and rural sociology from Penn State University in 1983 and his Juris Doctor from The Dickinson School of Law in 1987, attaining membership in the Woolsack Honor Society. He is a 1979 graduate of Penncrest High School in Media, Delaware County, where he was inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013.
Presenters and Panelists
Cumberland Pathways brings together leading archivists, military historians, and professional genealogists to present both formal presentations and to engage in panel discussions. These include:
Dr. Ahrens is a genealogy researcher whose personal work has focused on Ohio and Pennsylvania in the country, and on England, Germany, Ireland and Norway outside of the United States. She began researching in 1998 to better understand genealogy customers when she managed the marketing initiatives at Genealogy.com. Before beginning her genealogy career in writing and speaking, Jan earned a B.S. in Business, Marketing, from Miami University; and an MBA, Marketing, from The Ohio State University and a Doctor of Business Administration from Golden Gate University. She has completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogy Research (OL15), the ProGen Study Group (25), Advanced Genealogical Methods Course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies Course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), British Institute – Researching Your English Ancestors, and the Writing & Publishing for Genealogists Course (IGHR) among others.
Martin Andresen was born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1943, and raised in Davenport, Iowa. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1965 and subsequently received an advanced degree in American History from the University of Iowa in 1971 and a Masters in Military Art and Science at Fort Leavenworth, KS in 1979. He served tours of duty in the Republic of South Korea and Vietnam, as well as graduating from the US Army Command and General Staff College in 1979 and the US Army War College in 1985. His military assignments included two tours teaching American History in the Department of History, United States Military Academy, and 11 years with the US Army Military History Institute (MHI). Upon retirement in June 1993, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Andresen became a full-time volunteer at the MHI and remains a full-time volunteer, now with the Library Division, US Army Heritage and Education Center.
Rev. Robert R. Cannon
Father Cannon is the Chancellor for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), located in Washington, DC. Part of his responsibilities is administrative oversight of the AMS sacramental records department. The department maintains over 2.6 million sacramental records of Catholic military and family members, stretching from 1918 to the present. In addition to recording new records, the department receives over 6,000+ requests each year for copies of records. Records are maintained in various formats: computerized data base, microfiche, and paper records. Father Cannon retired as a Chaplain Colonel. after serving over 29 Years in the USAF. He received the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, six Meritorious Service Medal, two AF Commendation Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various other decorations during his military career.
David is the director of Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Center for Oral History. In this position he supervises three postdoctoral fellows, one curator of oral histories, and three support staff; and he oversees all of CHF’s oral history projects, especially those that focus on scientists with disabilities, minorities in science, women in science, and the history of modern biomedicine. He serves the wider oral history community as Book Review Editor for The Oral History Review, as president of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and with his bi-annual, week-long oral history training institutes held at CHF and other training seminars. David received his doctoral degree in the history of science (Cornell University, 2007) and uses his relationships to fields that focus on the history of science, technology, engineering, and medicine to discuss oral history methodology with those practitioners at conferences, like in a training seminar he is offering at the 2016 History of Science Society annual meeting. David also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked as an editorial assistant and copy-editor for Social Studies of Science.
Jim Gerencser has served as the College Archivist at Dickinson College since 1998. He holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in History from Shippensburg University. Active at the national and regional level, he has presented and published regularly on issues related to managing a small academic archival repository. Jim has also spent the past 18 years directing various digital initiatives highlighting the unique resources of Dickinson College in order to better support exploration and research by broad audiences – particularly those outside the college community. He maintains a particularly strong focus on patron service and meeting the reference needs of today’s researchers.
David Haugaard is the director of research services at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, where his duties include working with visiting researchers and developing both HSP Encounters (a genealogical and biographical database) and Research by Mail (HSP’s research service). He also edited the biographies written by HSP staff and volunteers for the Philadelphia Award project (now residing on the organization’s web site). He received his M.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. David previously worked at the Chester County Archives and at the Biographical Dictionary of Pennsylvania Legislators, where he plumbed HSP’s collections to write essays on 77 Colonial and Revolutionary-era legislators, including Sir William Keith, Jeremiah Langhorne, Thomas Lloyd, Abel James and Samuel Shoemaker.
Jeff Hawks is the Education Director for the Army Heritage Center Foundation where he oversees numerous educational programs including professional development programs for teachers, the Veterans Oral History Project, The Soldier Experience Living History Adventure Camp, and National History Day in Pennsylvania. Jeff is a Pennsylvania certified public school teacher with over ten years of experience teaching in secondary and higher education. He previously served as Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University. Jeff earned a BA in Philosophy and a Masters in Political Science with a concentration in Political Theory, International Relations, and American Politics from the University of Connecticut.
Allen Knechtmann has been the Chief of the Archives Branch, Military History Institute, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, since June 2016. Before coming to Carlisle, PA, he served as the Deputy Director for the Archives Branch, Histories and Archives Division, Naval History and Heritage Command and as its Acting Director from September 2015 to May 2016. Previously he served the command as an archivist, reference librarian, and supervisory reference librarian. He was awarded the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in June 2016. A U.S. Army veteran of the late Cold War era, he earned a Master’s degree in Central European History with a concentration in German political and military history in 1992 at Georgia State University, and subsequently earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a specialization in archives in 2005 at San Jose State University.
Jason Illari holds an MA in Chesapeake Studies from Salisbury University in Maryland and a post graduate certificate degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University in DC. He has worked in the museum industry serving as a curator, historic site manager, development officer & executive director. Jason is past chair of the Small Museum Association’s annual conference which he helped organize in 2009, 2010 & 2011. He also is a current Board member of the PA Museums Association and serves as an AAM Museum Assessment Program Peer Reviewer. He and his wife and son reside in Mechanicsburg.
Mike Perry graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1974. He served 28 years as an Infantry Officer with key postings at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; West Point, New York and with the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He received an MA in History from Rice University in 1982 and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the U.S. Army. He taught history at the United States Military Academy and in 1997, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Military Institute where he served as Director from 1998 through 2002. Upon retirement in June 2002, he served as an expert consultant to the Veterans Oral History Project at the Library of Congress and as research analyst in Europe. In 2004, he assumed his current position as the Executive Director of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.
Susan Rose is Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology and Director of the Community Studies Center at Dickinson College in Carlisle Pennsylvania. Since earning her Ph.D. from Cornell University (1984), she has published a number of books and articles on the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (2016), Challenging Global Gender Violence (2013), and community-based and oral history research related to (im)migration, Christian fundamentalism, gender, violence, trauma and memory. She has produced documentary films on the Lipan Apache and the Carlisle Indian Boarding School; on (im)migration and community-building in Patagonia; and on global gender violence featuring interviews with diverse groups of women from Bosnia, Cameroon, Cuba, the Netherlands, Venezuela, and the United States. Interested in social and racial inequality, diversity, conflict and conflict resolution, demography and social policy, Susan has been a leader in developing new, innovative Mosaic programs that engage research teams of faculty, students, and community members in ethnographic fieldwork focusing on family, work, migration narratives, intergroup relations, and diasporic/transnational communities. Her work has been translated into five languages. She is the recipient of the National Oral History Award for Post-Secondary Teaching and the Michael Harrington Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Forum on Poverty and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Jonathan R. Stayer
Jonathan Stayer is supervisor of reference services at the Pennsylvania State Archives, where he has been employed as a reference archivist since 1985. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Messiah College and a master’s degree in American Studies from the Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg. He has been engaged in personal genealogical research for over thirty-five years. He is president of the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, York, PA, and he served on the boards of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and of the Palatines to America, Pennsylvania Chapter. His current research interests include the Stayer and Gundrum families, Pennsylvania’s Civil War conscientious objectors, and Camp Security, a Revolutionary War prison camp in York County, PA.
Deborah Sweaney is the Conference Coordinator for Cumberland Pathways. She is the founder of the family history research firm, Ancestry Searches. She is the author of the memoirs, Unpacking Memories and Up in the Air, based on her childhood in rural Missouri. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, she is a popular speaker on the procedures, practices, and joys of family history research. She has been an adjunct instructor at Messiah College, the University of the District of Columbia, and Marymount University in Arlington, Va. In her former life, she was a records manager at the White House and a consultant for National History Day. She holds a degree in history from Drake University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Catholic University.
Heather Tennies has been the director of archival services at LancasterHistory.org since 1997. She is dedicated to preserving and providing access to historic documents and often speaks with community groups about preserving their own family papers. One of her goals as an archivist is to encourage patrons to use historic documents and social history to enhance the stories of their ancestors. Heather is a co-founder of the Lancaster County Digitization Project and the Curators and Archivists of Lancaster County. She received her B.A. in American Literature from Castleton University and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky.
Jeff Wood, Adjunct Professor of American Studies at Dickinson College, is a popular lecturer on the history, culture, and stories of the Cumberland Valley. He is an expert on the French and Indian War and on the early German and Scots Irish settlers of Central Pennsylvania. He holds an undergraduate degree from Dickinson in American Studies and a Masters from Penn State, Harrisburg. He has served as the President of the Cumberland County Historical Society Board of Directors. He is the owner of Whistlestop Bookshop on High Street in Carlisle.
Church Records Panelists
Rev. Marilyn Hubbard is the pastor of the Bethel African Episcopal Church, a 195-year old congregation located on East Pomfret Street in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
David Koch has served as a reference archivist at the Presbyterian Historical Society since 2011. His main duties include helping others find information in the society’s vast holdings. He has answered countless genealogy questions; many on Presbyterian churches in Pennsylvania. Born in Philadelphia, he has a bachelors’ degree in History from Rutgers College and a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Drexel University.
Dr. Milton Loyer is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite College (BS) and Montana State University (MS, PhD). He served on the faculty at Messiah College 1980-1990, and since 1990 has been the statistician for the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center, archivist for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church, and editor of the regional church history journal The Chronicle. A longtime member of both the American Statistical Association and the Society of American Archivists, he oversees the records management for the United Methodist Church in central and northeast Pennsylvania.
Charlene Peacock joined the staff of the Presbyterian Historical Society in 2011. As a reference archivist, she helps patrons gain access to archival materials in the reading room, and she responds to a portion of the 3,500 inquiries the society receives about its collections every year. A native of Rochester, New York, she holds a Bachelors degree in History from Haverford College and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.
Focus Group Experts
Our focus group experts will be available Saturday during the Focus Group hours to assist you with your questions. Our growing list of experts includes:
A lifelong citizen of Carlisle, Pennsylvania Janet graduated from Carlisle Senior High School in 1968. She furthered her interest and education by taking computer and accounting courses at the Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Janet is a retiree of United Telephone Company and Ahold Financial. She currently works part-time at Manor Care Nursing Home in the Dietary Department. The mother of two adult children Steven and Georgette she is a member of the West Street African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church where she currently holds the position of secretary-treasurer and sings on the choir. I love the Lord and strive to serve Him in my daily walk in this life. She enjoys researching documents to enhance her family genealogy and the history of her church. Janet enjoys reading. A few years ago, she discovered she enjoyed the art of quilting as “it gives me a lot of pleasure to make a quilt for someone that brings them comfort and warmth.” She is the author of “Lincoln Cemetery: The Story Down Under, 1884-1905” and with Louise Austin transcribed the gravestones of Union Cemetery in Carlisle. She was the Cumberland County Historical Society’s Historian of the Year in 2014.
Joan E. Cossman
Joan E. Cossman is a professional genealogist with a passion for genealogy and solving the puzzles of the past. She researches in SE Pennsylvania, specializing in Montgomery and Bucks Counties. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and has researched the National Center for the American Revolution, her active client base, and for the last 4 years for a popular TV genealogy show. She has presented for various organizations on lineage society papers and genealogy, and written articles on genealogy for a historical society newsletter. Joan maintains many lineage societies memberships and prepares applications for organizations including: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of American Colonists, Colonial Dames of 17th Century, National Society Colonial Dames of America, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Daughters of 1812, Schwenkfelder Society, Descendents of Colonial Clergy, and First Families of Pennsylvania. She is currently serving as the State Registrar for PA Daughters of 1812.
Cara Curtis has been working in libraries since 2003. She has a Master’s of Arts in Applied History from Shippensburg University and Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Cara worked on several projects with Dickinson College, including the social studies resource center on the Civil War Era– House Divided Project. While at Dickinson, she also helped create a digital library of slavery and abolition texts in a joint project between Dickinson College and Millersville University. Since 2008, she has been working at the Cumberland County Historical Society as the Archives and Library Manager. Beyond preserving local history, one of her goals is to make history more accessible to the public.
Originally from Texas, Chris lived in central Kentucky for twenty-five years before arriving in western Pennsylvania. His interest in family history began years ago when he found a family pedigree chart mixed in with papers inherited from his grandfather. Over time his interest in genealogical research developed into a passion for helping others learn about their family history. This eventually led to starting his professional practice, Origins Genealogy Research, based in Pittsburgh. He has helped his clients identify and trace the histories of their American ancestors. He has also performed forensic genealogical research to assist with court cases related to unidentified and missing heirs. In addition Chris has researched for future episodes of the US version of the television show: Who Do You Think You Are?
Chris holds a Certificate of Genealogical Research from Boston University as well as a B.A. in Business Management from Asbury University in Kentucky. He attends annual conferences hosted by groups such as the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG), and the National Genealogical Society (NGS). He is a member of: the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society, and the North Hills Genealogists in Pittsburgh.
Linda Martin Gilmore
Linda Martin Gilmore is a local historian and author of six books on topics ranging from family genealogy to local history of settlers in colonial times. Since her retirement in 2010 from more than 25 years of teaching English and reading and writing in both public school and at the college level, she has devoted her time to her passion for preserving oral history and presenting local history to interested readers. Her research includes logging over a hundred hours of personal interviews, combing through a variety of ledgers, and analyzing original documents. Her most recent publication, Peril and Perseverance in the Pennsylvania Backcountry 1755–1765: Shearman’s Valley, Tuscarora Valley & The Mouth of the Juniata, is a well-documented account of ordinary settlers as they faced danger in the mid-1700s. A member of many local historical societies, Linda also is a contributing writer to newsletters and a speaker on local history. Her books are available at specific local shops in Carlisle, Gettysburg, New Bloomfield, Newport, and Mercersburg, as well as on Amazon.
Deborah White Hershey
I have been researching my family lines since 1974, mostly in Central Pennsylvania and in 2006 started my company, Generations Remembered, to take clients. I have successfully completed 100+ applications or supplements for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, and Children of the American Revolution, and was awarded 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist for Pennsylvania by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. I completed lineage applications for many societies including: Society of Cincinnati, The Welcome Society, Mayflower, Pioneers and Patriots and Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. I am the member of New England Historic Genealogical Society, Historic Society of Pennsylvania, and many Central Pennsylvania county and local historical societies. Author and speaker, I am most proud of my presentations on Patriot homes of the Revolutionary War.
Continuing education through the many organizations and societies keeps me updating my research techniques and problem solving. I hold a Certificate in Family History from Brigham Young University and have completed the GEP courses provided by NSDAR. I’ve recently taken on the position of Genealogist for The Welcome Society.
Lindsay Houpt-Varner specializes in British and early American History. She received her BA from Millersville University in Pennsylvania and earned her Master’s and PhD from Durham University in the United Kingdom, specializing in 16th and 17th century religious dissenters. She has worked in a variety of archival repositories as a researcher, including county and state archives, The National Archives in London, The British Library, private holdings in the UK and the Friends House Library in London. Currently, she is the Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Project Director and an adjunct history professor.
Bobbi McMullen is a professional genealogist of over 15 years and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists with research specialties of Lancaster County, Chester County and Lineage Society applications. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wilmington University with a minor in History. Bobbi has lectured on preparation of lineage papers, internet resources for genealogy and resolving complex lineage problems. She has published two books Pennsylvania Real Daughters Whose Revolutionary Fathers Heard the Patriotic Call and Revolutionary War Patriots of Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church. Currently she also serves as the verifying genealogist for the New Jersey National Society Colonial Dames of America.
Dani Ward-Smith and her family began their search for her ancestors several years ago, but beyond family stories they had very little tangible evidence of their family’s past in Mount Holly Springs. In 2016, the Ward and Smith families contacted Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul about their work at the Mt Tabor AME Zion Church in Mount Holly Springs, and on a tour of the church and cemetery found the grave of Dani’s three-times great grandfather, Henry Ward, who served in the Civil War as a United States Colored Troop from the 25th Infantry.
Robert Schwartz is the Archives and Library Research Specialist at Cumberland County Historical Society. He has worked in the Library and Photo Archives at CCHS since 2004. He enjoys working with researchers and discovering their stories and how those stories connect to larger narratives in the Cumberland Valley and the nation as a whole. Rob has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Messiah College and a master’s in history and master’s of library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. He loves to write and so far has collaborated on two book projects—a photo history of South Middleton Township and Water-Powered Mills of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Adrienne G. Whaley
Adrienne G. Whaley is a history-lover and genealogist who has been researching her own family history for 15 years. Her roots include a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Alabama coal miners, Ohio steelworkers, and lots of Georgia farmers. Adrienne earned her Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies and her Master’s in Education, and has taught genealogy and history classes for teens and adults. She is currently Manager of School Programs and Partnerships at the Museum of the American Revolution and Volunteer Coordinator for a partnership between the African American Genealogy Group and Historic Eden Cemetery. She blogs about her family history research at www.KINterested.blogspot.com.
Blair Williams is the Archives & Library Media Specialist at the Cumberland County Historical Society. Blair fist came to Pennsylvania as a history student at Elizabethtown College and received a Master of Arts in Public History and a Master of Information Science from the University at Albany – SUNY. He focuses on digital initiatives at the Historical Society including the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library where he helps collect and share the stories of Cumberland County. He has also served as a technical consultant on the Carlisle Indian Digital Resource Center as well as working with the Bennington Museum in Vermont and a number of smaller Vermont Historical Societies on digital projects.