Anastasia Harman


Anastasia Harman is the Lead Family Historian for Since 2006, she has directed’s largest research initiatives, including the family history research for NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” In addition, Harman has led the research team to such finds as Twilight Saga’s Robert Pattinson’s connection to Vlad the Impaler and President Obama’s relations to Sarah Palin, talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, actor Brad Pitt and billionaire Warren Buffett. She has made several broadcast appearances, including Good Morning America, CNN, Reuters TV and Martha Stewart. A popular speaker, Harman has spoken to large audiences at family history events across the United States. Before joining the research team, Harman worked as an editor for Ancestry Publishing, editing Ancestry Magazine and several family history books, including The Source, the reference book for family historians. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English and currently resides near Washington, DC, with her husband, Tyler. 


Keynote -- The Real Story of You

Knowing who you are is knowing the stories that shaped your ancestors' lives. Anastasia Harman, Lead Family Historian and research manager on "Who Do You Think You Are?",  is on a quest to find those stories. Her research has taken her deep into celebrity family trees, across the United States on a 6-week TV roadshow, and even into the ancestries of "fictional" characters. Join her for an entertaining and inspiring look into some of her most memorable cases -- and discover how her unique research experiences will jump start and re-energize your family tree and help you know who you really are. 


Getting the Most from

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Chances are you’re not using to its full potential. Get an inside look at the historical documents, free tree-building tools, and learning resources and discover strategies to maximize your searches in Ancestry's billions of historical records. 


Family History & DNA 101

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DNA is one of today's most cutting-edge and powerful family history tools, but don't let the science scare you. Learn the simple basics of using DNA to extend, verify, and even unlock the branches of your family tree -- it's easy and there is practically no science involved! 

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