Elyse Hill is a professional certified genealogist with over 15 years of research experience in African American genealogy.  She is a graduate of several genealogy institutes to include the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR),Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI).  She is currently working as a professional genealogy researcher for Legacy Tree Genealogists specializing in Africa American and Southern States research.

Frances Osborn Robb, a historian of southern photography, is the author of Shot in Alabama. A History of Photography 1839-1941 (University of Alabama Press, 2017), and is writing a book about A. C. Oxford, who grew up in Mississippi, fought in the Civil War with General Joseph Wheeler, and became Birmingham's first resident photographer in the 1870s. Robb holds graduate degrees from  the University of North Carolina and Yale University and has made scores of presentations to academics and the general public.