Teachers and Coaches

Robin Grantham, Ph.D

Robin Grantham, Ph.D

As a new researcher, Robin found her mother’s birth families in less than two years using techniques taught in our classes. She now enthusiastically coaches others to achieve their goals. Retired from the military, she had a career spanning public relations, human resources, and teaching. Post retirement, she taught college online.

She was introduced to genealogy decades ago, listening to her uncle who began researching the paternal family tree in the 1960s. She developed her interest, though, once she saw how DNA could solve mysteries. She is also interested in helping others preserve memories, and volunteered for several years with the Women in Military Service to America foundation in collecting oral histories.

Her book Beginning with Bertram: Our Hope Roots was published in 2019.

Pam Tabor, Ph.D

Pam Tabor, Ph.D

Pamela Dalton Tabor (Pam) currently lives in Maryland, USA. She has a background in educational research specializing in early childhood mathematics and the development of numeracy. She holds a Ph.D. in mathematics education from Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia.

Pam is a relative newcomer to genetic genealogy having been recently reunited with both her birth parents via a combination of traditional and DNA methodologies. She brings to the team a background in research, teaching, and publishing.

Gale French

Gale French

Gale teaches our Y-DNA class. He has been interested in genealogy for over 25 years. He has lived in Texas all his life, worked for IBM in the U.S. Space program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center for 26 years, and is now retired. His work with commercial imaging technology and document management has enhanced his genealogy organization and presentation.

He has researched and published a 600 page family history book on his grandmother’s Elliott family line that came from England to Texas, fought in the Texas Revolution, and received land for their service. He is currently writing another book on his paternal French line including numerous DNA tests for the French family (that include the dreaded ‘NPE’).

He is also a recipient of the Pioneers in Space Technical Achievement Award from the United Daughters of the Confederacy

Marian Franklin

Marian Franklin

Marian began genealogy work while transcribing the Civil War letters of her 2nd great grandmother Margaret Jane Watts Hays Overstreet. She began using DNA tests in 2008. Her brother’s Y-DNA test led to the discovery that their father had been informally adopted by their grandmother’s husband. Connecting with maternal cousins she discovered that her maternal great grandmother had an unknown father. Becoming frustrated at not finding their birth fathers she joined DNAAdoption in 2014 and, using our Methodology, has identified a family in New York descended from her father’s grandparents. Her great grandmother’s father remains a mystery. She has a B.S. from UCBerkeley School of Public Health and MA in Biology from San Francisco State University. She worked as a consultant to laboratories in Bolivia for almost a year. She is a retired biointensive farmer and sculptor living in Lake County, California.

Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor

Barbara took the class from Karin and Diane in 2013 then was asked to stay to help with the classes and is still here doing that. She has encountered adoptions, multiple unknown parents and endogamy, along with lots of other interesting situations that DNA has helped to solve. An active member of the South Orange County Genealogical Society, she also volunteers at her library’s genealogy desk to help people searching for their family roots. She manages several genealogy related Facebook groups and is a regular contributor to several others. Her business background includes software development, computer center management, management consulting and training. She has authored numerous published articles, corporate training programs and several books.

Christine Kahr

Christine Kahr

Chris is a retired civil/environmental engineer and helps support the DNA classes and the Yahoo Group DNAAdoption.  Using the techniques she originally learned here, she assisted an adopted family member in the search for his birth father.  She is now involved in a second search for the birth parents of an adopted family friend.  Chris is relatively new to both genealogy (2013) and DNA (2016).  Both have quickly grown from “hobby” to “passion” in her retirement.

After moving around the country during her working career, Chris now lives in Oregon.  She is an active member of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon and participates in the regular DNA workshops offered there.

Jim O'Neil

Jim is a software architect by day building cloud and Internet-of-Things applications for various clients. During his “spare time” he assists the organization with the website and other technical needs.

A German-born adoptee and formerly only-child, he became involved with DNAAdoption in 2017 after finding six half-siblings by a combination of “The Methodology”, traditional search techniques, and the help of an amazing search angel in Germany. Soon after he was able to identify the fathers of two of his recently discovered siblings, and several months later located his own paternal family.