Roots Conference

Roots Conference

Connect to Your Family Roots

April 25th, 2020 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Roots Conference is made up of workshops on a variety of family history topics.
These workshops are taught by local experienced genealogists.

Possible Workshop Topics:
Family History Research 201
Importance of “Facts”
German Genealogy
FamilySearch Wiki
DNA – Which test is best
Home Genealogy Programs
Unindexed Records
Clues for finding females
Canadian Research
United States Naturalization Records
Using the NEW Find a Grave
Learning how to digitize and scan your photos and documents


Don Anderson


Don Anderson is a native Oregonian, and an adoptee. He is married to Diana, and they are the parents of four children, and fifteen grandchildren.  He is a vocal coach, sung professionally, Artistic Director of the Conchords Chorale, and Founder of the Rose City SingOff competition for High School Acappella groups.

As an adoptee, Don wondered about his birth parents. In 1995, He began searching for his birth mother, leading to a successful reunion in January, 2001.  He had no information on the birth father and began the next leg of his journey in 2013. The mystery was solved in October, 2015, as DNA testing revealed who Don’s father was.

Since confirming his father’s identity, Don has assisted fourteen other individuals in successfully finding their birth fathers/families. 

Don currently is a Project Administrator for Family Tree DNA. 

His story has been featured in numerous publications and on Radio and is in demand as a speaker with genealogical societies and cultural festivals in Oregon and Washington.

A recent accomplishment was the publication of “Paper and Spit: Family Found: How DNA and Genealogy Revealed the Identity of My First parents” released May 5, 2017.

Shannon Agee


Jim Bowden


Jim Bowden has been active in family history research for over twenty years.

His interest in genealogy blossomed as computer and internet resources became increasingly available.

Early retirement in 2003 gave him more time to pursue his passion.  He took a hiatus from his research for three years (2005-2008) while he served as president of the South Africa Johannesburg Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Although not a trained genealogist, he enjoys teaching the things he has learned in the genealogy school of trial and error.  He and his wife Jane have five children and seventeen grandchildren.

Nancy Lundgreen


Nancy Lundgreen Tangent, Oregon resident and wistful Corvallis alumna, Nancy’s love for genealogical research began in 7th grade when she was required to create a family tree for a history class project.  Her impressive 5’ display merited an A+. Throughout the years, she continued to pursue family history steadily until which time research could be done at home while in her pajamas, eating chocolate.  especially housekeeping. Current pursuits include research of all 819 Vietnam Veteran casualties who served from Oregon and volunteering research of the Mennonite Home in Albany to preserve their history.  Her goal is to leave no headstone unturned.

LeAnne Trask


LeAnne Trask as a child watched her grandparents (who were school teachers) spend every summer chasing her family’s genealogy across Virginia, West Virginia, and the Carolinas.  They would return home with documents and pictures and stories about new family members that they had met. When they passed away LeAnne inherited their work and she has loved every minute of it!  While she was in college she took a few genealogy classes – just for fun – and it has been a passion for her ever since. She joined the Silicon Valley PAF Users Group and got an education in the do’s and don’ts of documentation and the guidelines that she should be following.  All of these things have helped her to be a better and more thorough genealogist.  

Her family is predominantly Irish and English, but when she married into her husband’s family there were Germans galore. And she had to learn some hard lessons about conducting genealogy in Europe.  Hopefully she will be able to pass along some of what she learned so that others can have success as they search for their extended families in Germany

Suzanne Walker


Suzanne Walker for over four decades has ferreted out her ancestors, beginning with nothing but what her two grandmothers could remember.  She is split down the middle: half Munster Irish, half Carpatho-Rusyn, the latter requiring her to learn to read documents in four foreign languages.  She survived the dinosaur days of genealogy and doesn’t miss microfilm, road trips to the national Archives, or pining for genealogy-related mail. One of her favorite aspects of family history has been connecting with distant cousins across the globe.  Some have become close friends. Suzanne also enjoys reading, hiking, quilting, and her twelve very special grandchildren.

Cindy Webb


Cindy Webb discovered her passion for family history shortly after she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at age 19. Since then she has served in numerous genealogical societies as an officer and board member, as a family history center worker and director, stake extraction coordinator and was previously a certified genealogist. She now serves as a ward temple and family history consultant in the Clackamas Ward. Cindy has spoken throughout the Pacific Northwest and at the BYU Family History Conference in Provo, Utah. She especially loves helping others with their family history quest. Besides genealogy, she loves to garden, sew, and with her husband, Martin, they love to travel.

Micheal Castellano


Ron DeYoung


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