About Tammy

Tammy Hepps

Tammy Hepps, winner of the RootsTech Developer Challenge, combines fourteen years of professional experience in web technology and more than two decades researching her family tree to make Treelines the family tree software she wished she had had all along.

Prior to founding Treelines, Tammy rose quickly through the ranks of New York City's digital media industry, gaining broad experience leading technology initiatives across the content, commerce, mobile, and social spaces. Her background spans large companies like NBCUniversal, where she was CTO of iVillage Properties, and NYTimes.com, where she was Director of Software Development, as well as start-ups like SparkNotes.com, where she was Director of Technology. She received her AB in Computer Science from Harvard.

She serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Jewish Archive Center and JewishGen.

Speaking Experience

Tammy teaches and speaks on a range of subjects, especially storytelling for family historians, technology in the genealogy industry, and reaching the next generation.

She has been selected to speak at most of the large genealogy conferences in North America, including RootsTech, Jamboree, and NGS, and has been featured on BYU Radio. She also speaks frequently at society meetings through the Northeast and is available to speak to your society.

Her most popular presentations include:

  • Timeline Creation Applications
  • Story by Story, Preserve Your Family's History
  • Family Timelines with Treelines.com
  • Beyond the Tree: Tools and Tips for Sharing Your Family History

Her hit presentation from RootsTech 2014, "Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family From My Couch: Beginning Internet Genealogy," is available for you to watch online:

"What a treat – it is informative, funny, and instructive… What an excellent presentation! I loved it. I think every genealogist will love it – please don’t miss this one!" —Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings