Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves

Janna Larson has been doing genealogical research since 1981. She has ancestors who were English, Irish, Scottish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch and German. Some came to the United States in colonial times; others came in the 1880s. She has extensive experience with many types of research. She holds a BA degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Before becoming a genealogist, she worked in manufacturing administration and currenlty is an administrator for a data center maintenance company. Her father was in the Foreign Service and she lived in and visited many foreign countries. She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 Janna is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She has been a member of the Family History Society of Arizona since 1982. She has held many offices in that Society, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Seminar Chairman and Membership Chairman. She is currently Secretary/Treasurer of the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists. Janna specializes in New England research, but has abundant experience with many areas of the United States and with foreign countries. She has taught beginning and advanced genealogy classes at Phoenix College and many locations in the Phoenix area.

 Janna is a frequent and well-known genealogical lecturer in the state. In 1991 she indexed, compiled and published the second edition of Will Hall’s Bennington Genealogy an 840 page book. She has computerized all the Bennington data, creating a PAF file with over 12,000 names which will be the foundation for a third edition of the book. Janna published a quarterly newsletter, the Bennington Bulletin and published the Lake/Leake Newsletter 1994-2002. She edited the Easy Guide to German Genealogy by Marianne Southworth. She is a co-author of the Family History Society of Arizona’s Seminar Planning Guide.

 In July 2002, Janna published a scholarly article in The American Genealogist titled “Identifying Abigail, the Wife of Daniel Cressy, of New Hampshire.” TAG is an independent quarterly journal, dedicated to the elevation of genealogical scholarship through carefully documented analyses of genealogical problems. It is one of genealogy’s most prestigious journals, founded in 1922 by Donald Lines Jacobus. Janna has since written several other scholarly articles published in the New Hampshire Genealogical Record.

Visit Janna's Genealogy Page at http://jannalarson.weebly.com where you will find a list of the lectures she offers, twenty-five generations of her ancestry, and the Bennington Family homepage.

 


Daniela Moneta, CG, CGL, MLS received her Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1980. She was director of the Southwest Museum Library (Native American Anthropology & Art) for seven years and is the former Head of Genealogy at the Arizona State Library. She was recently a consultant for the Irish Cultural Center's McClelland Irish Library and helped set up their Genealogy Department. She has written many grant proposals totaling over one million dollars for projects to provide access and preserve library collections. She has authored several books and written numerous journal articles. Daniela was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 2007 as a Certified Genealogists and in 2012 as a Certified Genalogical Lecturer. CG and CGL are Service Marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists used under license after periodic evaluations by the Board. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the DAR, and other genealogy organizations.

Daniela has been a genealogist since 1987, starting when she was working temporarily as an archivist in Indonesia. There she discovered how difficult it was to do genealogy while living in a foreign country. She did most of her research by correspondence but now with the availability of the Internet, she understands how best to help others who live outside the United States with their genealogical research. Most of Daniela’s ancestors came to America during colonial times. She has ancestors who were pioneers in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and Arizona Territory. She has Canadian, English, French, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and Dutch ancestors. Her ancestors participated in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and II, and the Korean War.

She taught family history as an academic, for-credit, course at Arizona State University from 2006-2011; Introduction to Researching Family History and upperdivision Intermediate Family History Research and Independent Studies.  In her capacity as the State’s Genealogy Librarian, she has helped thousands of people with their genealogical research on a one-on-one basis. She especially likes working with beginners and enjoys teaching them to do their own genealogy. Her specialty is teaching research methodologies, the use of DNA testing in genealogy, and training librarians to help genealogy library patrons. One of the techniques that works best for Daniela is creating research plans to break down those brickwalls. Using her skills as a librarian has proven extremely useful to her in helping others with their genealogical research.

Daniela received the 2008 Award for Excellence from the National Genealogical Society for her article published in the society's quarterly, "Identifying the Children of David Pugh and Nancy Minton of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee" (National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 96, March 2008, pages 13-22). Her latest article in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly is "Virginia Pughs and North Carolina Wests: A Genetic Link from Slavery in Kentucky" (National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 97, September 2009, pages 179-194). This article traces the ancestry of an African-American slave using DNA testing.

 

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