Quillen Johnson has been doing genealogy with her father since she was a child. She enjoys doing genealogy more with the increase of technology. She structured an entire vacation last year around genealogy, visiting family in two locations where more photos and more background was needed. She volunteers to help others with their genealogy, often meeting on a one-to-one basis.
Born the second of eight children, on a cattle ranch in Wyoming, Nancy learned at an early age to love large crowds of people, snow-capped mountains, and fresh air. Nancy enjoyed working with the students and faculty at Missouri State University for thirty years prior to retiring. Nancy’s days are now filled to the brim with activities, many of which are initiated by her grandchildren. When she’s at home, she’s most content when her husband Steve is fed and happily occupied with his hobbies; when Billy, the runt Shih-tzu, (whose giant personality makes up for his diminutive size) is freshly bathed and content with an occasional cuddle and morsel; and she is free to collect relatives—dead as well as very much alive. She likes to help put the meat on the bones of the former by unearthing and then writing their stories, and enjoys making memories with those still here in the flesh. In between trips with her hubby, Nancy is known to fill her car with one friend or several and take off on one of her famous (or is it infamous?) girlfriend trips. Nancy believes both people and life ought to be celebrated to the fullest!
Nancy Ferguson is married to her sweetheart Wesley. They have five children and seventeen grandchildren. Nancy has been a small business owner for the past 10 years and enjoys working with the public. Her hobbies include quilting, sailing, playing with her grandchildren and genealogy. She is a family history consultant and the Springfield stake indexing director. She began indexing as a way to give service that fit into her busy schedule. She and Wesley enjoy searching out their ancestors, build a history for them to tell their life stories then, sharing those stories with their family.
Mary Stansfield is the Reference Archivist at the Missouri State Archives. Mary graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in History and has worked at the Missouri State Archives since 2012.
From 1991 through 2000, Katie worked as a volunteer worker in the Springfield North Stake Family History Center. She also worked as a volunteer in the Branson Family History Center from1995 until 2000. Katie served as the Branson Family History Center director from 2004 through 2008. Since that time, she has served as a Family History Center consultant in Branson since 2012 and is available to assist FHC patrons by appointment.
Katie completed the beginning and advanced genealogical classes titled “The Cherokee and The Five Civilized Indian Tribes” at the Ozark Genealogical Society in Springfield, MO in 2001 and 2002. Today, Katie will be speaking on the Cherokee Indians West and East and the Five Civilized Indian Tribes.
Fred is in charge of technology at the conference, arranging internet service, computer hookups etc. This is his 4th year teaching at our seminar. Fred has been working with computer genealogy since 1983. He has taught Family History with computers at Johnson County Community College in Kansas along with working in Family History Centers for 20+ years. He is a past president of the PAF users group in the KC area. Fred has been presenting in seminars on Family History since 1990. He is a volunteer with FindAGrave.com photographing gravestones.
For over 30 years Fred has been involved in genealogy and teaches many classes at several conferences on the use of computers in genealogy.
Beverly is a member of the Master Gardener’s, the local CERT program, and is an avid genealogist. In 2015, Beverly was elected as president of the “Twelve Pioneer Families Reunion” in Lawrence County, Missouri which has held reunions every year since 1934. Her latest project is finding out where her ancestors lived, and where they are buried.
Today, Beverly currently lives in Marshfield, Missouri and works at Mercy Hospital.