Introducing the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Speakers

Introducing the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Speakers

MyHeritage LIVE, which will take place September 6-8, in Amsterdam, will feature lectures and hands-on workshops led by internationally renowned speakers in the fields of genealogy and DNA.  We’re excited to announce the speaking lineup for our second annual MyHeritage LIVE User Conference.

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Learn more about some of the world-class genealogists and DNA experts you will meet at the conference:
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: Prof. Yaniv ErlichProf. 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. Yaniv and the MyHeritage Science Team published two groundbreaking papers in 2018 in Science, one of the most influential academic journals in the world.

Maya Lerner – VP Product, MyHeritage

Maya leads MyHeritage’s product management and strategy at MyHeritage, ensuring that our products are not only powerful but also engaging and user-friendly. An expert in the field, she lectures on the topic of interactive product design. Maya has always been fascinated with genealogy and even more so when a documentary was made about her own family history in 2007.

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.

Leah Larkin – The DNA Geek

Leah Larkin earned her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she used DNA to study the relationships among different species. She has worked in both academia and scientific publishing and applies those research skills daily to solving genealogical questions using DNA.

Blaine Bettinger – The Genetic Genealogist

Blaine Bettinger started The Genetic Genealogist in 2007, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Blaine has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics. He authored “I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What?” in 2008. Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their roots.

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.

Yvette Hoitink – Dutch Genealogy

Yvette is a professional genealogist, writer, and lecturer from the Netherlands. She is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her Dutch Genealogy website has helped millions of people find their ancestors from the Netherlands.

Cyndi Ingle –

Cyndi is the creator, owner and “webmaster” of the award-winning web site Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, a categorized index to more than 335,000 online resources. Cyndi has been interviewed for many television and radio broadcasts. She is an internationally known guest lecturer for various genealogical societies and seminars and has authored numerous articles and three books.

James Tanner – Genealogy’s Star

James Tanner is the author of two popular genealogy blogs, “Genealogy’s Star” and “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad.” With over 30 years of genealogy experience, he currently volunteers at the Brigham Young University Family History Library in Provo, Utah.

Lisa Alzo – Expert Genealogist

Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. Lisa is the author of 10 books, including the award-winning “Three Slovak Women,” and hundreds of magazine articles, and writes the blog “The Accidental Genealogist.”
Conference Speaker: Dick Eastman

Dick Eastman – 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.
Conference Speaker: Roberta Estes

Roberta Estes – 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.

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  • David Westler

    May 2, 2019

    Sounds great, I will be glad accessing the presentations online..

  • Joan A Simpson

    May 2, 2019

    How do I sign up to win free tickets?

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      May 8, 2019

      Hi Joan,

      Stay tuned. We hope to have another competition coming up in the coming months.

      Esther / MyHeritage Team

  • Kellee Meyer

    May 2, 2019

    I am wondering if there will be a LiveStream available again as I cannot attend the Conference in the Netherlands. I have a paid subscription (highest subscription level) to the MyHeritage website and have taken a MyHeritage DNA test as well.

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      May 26, 2019

      We hope to update about this in the coming months. Stay tuned!

  • Karon

    May 4, 2019

    Will any of this conference be online to be able to watch if I can’t attend?

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      May 8, 2019

      We’ll update the blog with further details closer to the conference.