Louis Kessler's Speaker Topics

Last Update: Feb 20, 2018

I am available for the right event in the right place at the right time
to speak at your Genealogy Conference or Technology Conference.

If you're interested, please contact me:


-- Profile --

Louis Kessler, BSc. (Hons.), MSc.

Louis started his genealogy 40 years ago, about the same time he started computer programming. His University degrees in Statistics and Computer Science have given Louis a very different and innovative perspective on Genealogy research. He programmed his first genealogy report at University using a text-based word-processor. His other interest at the time was computer chess where he competed in two North American Computer Chess Championships.

Louis spent many years as Chair of the Archives Committee, as a Board Member and then as President of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada. He led the society's Cemetery Photography project in 1996. For several years, he was a member of the Manitoba Heritage Grants Advisory Council that reviewed heritage projects to approve grant applications for the provincial government.

Louis built his personal website lkessler.com in 1997 and designed and operates the GenSoftReviews.com website where people go to review and rate their genealogy software. Louis was a member of the BetterGEDCOM initiative to create a new standard for genealogy data transfer and supports initiatives such as GEDCOM X, FHISO, and Genealogy Stack Exchange that work for the betterment of genealogists.

In 2011, Louis released Version 1 of his own genealogy software Behold, designed to become the world's first report-based data editor for genealogy. In 2016, Louis got into DNA in a big way, and wrote his Double Match Triangulator program for autosomal DNA analysis. This program placed 3rd in the RootsTech 2017 Innovator Showdown.

Louis lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with his wife Cheryl and two daughters. He retired in 2016 as the Manager of Load Forecasting at Manitoba Hydro, the province's electric and gas utility, after a 36 year career with the company. During his day-job days, genealogy, programming, stock market analysis and squash were his after-hour passions.

Louis is fluent in five languages: English, Delphi/Pascal, HTML, GEDCOM and DNA.

Louis blogs regularly on his Behold site about the development of his program and related genealogy and technology issues, and is proud to be part of the Geneablogger community. He tweets regularly from his Twitter account as @louiskessler. He is often asking or answering questions on the StackExchange network of Q&A sites as lkessler.

Louis is less active but also on Facebook as Louis Kessler, on Google Plus as +louiskessler and About.me as lkessler.

Louis is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Take a look at his APG profile.

Louis is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Take a look at his GSG profile.

Genealogy Speaking Engagements

Discussion Panels

Papers and Publications

Melbourne 2016

Melbourne Australia, Feb 26 2016

UTP 2016, 2013

Unlock the Past Speaker - Cruises 3 and 10

Gaenovium 2014

Gaenovium 2014 official speaker

RootsTech 2014

More info about Louis and his genealogical activities are at: www.lkessler.com/genealog.shtml


-- Topics --

All presentations are designed to be about 45 minutes, but most can be lengthened with more detail added.

I go through and update my presentations for each event, customizing them to the venue and audience expected. Presentations can be made for any level: beginner, intermediate or advanced; technical or non-technical.

Genealogy Research:

Genetic Genealogy

Computerized Genealogy

GEDCOM and Your Genealogy Data

Behold (My Genealogy Software)

Genealogy Societies and Conferences

Jewish Genealogy

Stats, Stocks, Chess and Stuff

Louis can also give Workshops on using his Genealogy Software


My Home Page
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My Family Research | My Genealogical Activities
Jewish Heritage Centre | Cem Photo Project | Jewish Winnipeg Links
Beginning Genealogy | Jewish Gen Links
GenSoftReviews | GEDCOM Search
Speaker Topics
Computer Chess | Chess & CC Links
Cheryl | Brenna | Brittany
New Addams Family | Mummies Alive! | SOMA

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