A genealogical technologist, the Insider has a post-graduate technology degree and holds a dozen technology patents in the United States and abroad. He has done genealogy since 1972 and has worked in the computer industry since 1978.
- Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs
- ProGenealogists 25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs
- Family Tree Magazine 10 Best Cutting-edge Web Sites (101 Best Web Sites, 2009)
- The Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence
- Family Tree Magazine 101 Best Web Sites, 2008
- Kreativ Blogger from Randy Seaver
- Genea-Speak for excellence in writing, speaking, and the promoting of good genealogical practices, from DearMYRTLE.