MyHeritage LIVE User Conference: Speaker Spotlight

MyHeritage LIVE User Conference: Speaker Spotlight

The countdown to MyHeritage LIVE 2018 is now on!

MyHeritage Live is our first-ever User Conference that is taking place on the weekend of November 2–4, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. MyHeritage LIVE will feature lectures and hands-on workshops led by internationally renowned speakers in the fields of genealogy and DNA.

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Learn more about some of the world-class genealogists and DNA experts you will meet at MyHeritage Live:
Conference Speaker: Gilad Japhet

Gilad Japhet – Founder and CEO, MyHeritage

Gilad Japhet is the founder and CEO of MyHeritage. In addition to being a successful Israeli entrepreneur, Gilad has also been an avid family historian for almost all of his life. As an experienced genealogist, Gilad leads MyHeritage with a unique vision, passion, and expertise. You won’t want to miss his keynote talks at MyHeritage LIVE.

Conference Speaker: Roberta EstesRoberta Estes – Founder, DNAeXplained

Roberta Estes has been a professional scientist and business owner for over 25 years, as well as an obsessed genealogist since 1978. In 2005, reflecting her interest and expertise in genetics for genealogy, she formed DNAeXplain, a company providing individual analysis of DNA results and genealogical assistance. She’s looking forward to seeing you in Oslo: “I can’t wait to see my old friends and make new ones too. I only attend or speak at a couple of conferences each year, so I pick and choose carefully. I hope to see you in Oslo.”
Conference Speaker: Thomas MacEntee

Thomas MacEntee – Founder, Abundant Genealogy

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. He started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy and also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers.

Conference Speaker: Lisa Louise CookeLisa Louise Cooke – Founder, Genealogy Gems

Lisa Louise Cooke is the founder of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy, and family history multi-media company. She is producer and host of “Genealogy Gems Podcast,” the popular online genealogy audio show, as well as the “Family History: Genealogy Made Easy” podcast. Her podcast episodes bring genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews, and inspiration to genealogists. She is also the author of a variety of multi-media materials, including “The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox.” She is also a doting wife to Bill, the proud mom of three daughters, and a grandmother to boot. She’s thrilled to be speaking at MyHeritage LIVE: “If you’d like to go global with your genealogy, then MyHeritage LIVE conference is for you!”

Conference Speaker: Prof. Yaniv Erlich

Prof. Yaniv Erlich – Chief Science Officer, MyHeritage

Professor Yaniv Erlich, MyHeritage’s Chief Science Officer, is a DNA rockstar. He heads the MyHeritage Science Team. Yaniv has a B.Sc. in Computational Neuroscience with the highest distinction from Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. in Genomics from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He has been an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. Throughout his years of research, Yaniv has made groundbreaking discoveries in genetics and a global impact in the field of DNA.

Conference Speaker: Geoff Rasmussen

Geoff Rasmussen – Founder and Host, Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Geoff Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and had served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. A dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, he has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. Geoff has also authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program.  Geoff is excited to meet you at the conference: “Looking forward to this! Everyone’s invited!”

Conference Speaker: Diahan SouthardDiahan Southard – Your DNA Guide

A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position at Your DNA Guide. There Diahan provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. Her lectures are always fun, upbeat, and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

Conference Speaker: Dick Eastman

Dick Eastman – Founder, Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Dick Eastman is one of the most recognized names in the genealogy world. He has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years after coming from the computer industry, working in hardware, software, and managerial positions. As a pioneer geneablogger, he uses technology to improve your family history experience.

Christina Sagersten – Swedish Genealogist and Founder of Finding Family

Christina Sagersten is one of Swedens leading genetic genealogists. She is a highly regarded speaker and educator who has made it her life mission to help everyone discover their heritage, whether they are 7 or 77 years old. As the founder of Finding Family, Christina uses traditional genealogy combined with the latest in DNA technology to help people find their biological family. Her best days at work are when she can help someone find their biological parent(s).

Vidar Øverlie – Norwegian Genealogist and Blogger

Vidar Øverlie is Norway’s premiere genealogist and blogger. He has been pursuing genealogy research for more than 50 years and is an esteemed member of genealogy societies in Norway, USA, New Zealand, and Sweden. In addition to his genealogy blog, vidars slektsblogg, he is a well-known lecturer on all things genealogy at societies and schools. He has dedicated his retirement years to helping those in Norway, the US, and New Zealand research their family histories.

Register today to save your spot. 

If you aren’t able to make it to the MyHeritage LIVE user conference in person, we will be live streaming the genealogy and DNA tracks online! Visit starting 9am on November 3rd, Oslo time. Tune in to learn the latest in the fields of genealogy and DNA!


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  • Lori MacLaren

    October 30, 2018

    I am unable to attend the workshop in Norway but would love to join the live streaming. Will this be done this weekend in Norway time zone? Is this the only opportunity or am I able to watch the conference throughout the weekend in its entirety?

    Hope you will consider USA next year for conference.

    Lori MacLaren

    • Talya

      November 1, 2018

      Hi Lori,

      We will be live streaming the conference starting at 9am Oslo time on November 3rd. After the conference is over, we will be rebroadcasting the lectures through Legacy Family Tree Webinars.