2013 Family History Conference and Book Fair
8:00 am to 4:00 pm - John A. Logan College Route 13 & Greenbriar Road, Carterville, IL
Presented by Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D.
The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois and John A. Logan College
Saturday, August 10, 2013
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Ray Hancock Conference Center
John A. Logan College
Route 13 & Greenbriar Road, Carterville, IL
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D.
Certified Genealogist & Certified Genealogical Lecturer
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, has edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. He is a trustee and a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and recipient of its 2011 Professional Achievement Award and its 2004 Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit.
Retired from a thirty-year career in higher education and professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Tom works full time as a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He coordinates courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Samford University's Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research; and he teaches in Boston University's Genealogical Certificate Program. Tom's research has encompassed records of every state east of the Mississippi, as well as Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, England, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and Wales. He specializes, however, in Georgia and Virginia and is most interested in solving "brick-wall" genealogical problems.
Tom writes and speaks frequently on genealogical methods with broad application across geographic areas, time periods, and levels of expertise. He is known for meaty lectures benefiting genealogists of all experience levels.
Finding "Unfindable" Ancestors
The failure of common research practices to identify ancestors does not mean they are nfindable. This session will describe and demonstrate nine approaches to locating difficult-to-trace ancestors.
Going Beyond the Bare Bones:
Reconstructing Your Ancestors' Lives
Learn how to extract information from frequently used genealogical sources to create biographies that bring ancestors to life.
How to Avoid Being Duped by the Internet
The Internet brings increasingly bountiful amounts of information to genealogists' desktops—some valid, some erroneous, and much of unknown accuracy. Attendees will learn practical strategies for discriminating between correct and misleading information. They also will learn how online genealogical information—even if its accuracy is unknown—can lead to valid conclusions about ancestors.
Getting the Most out of Genealogical Evidence
Attendees will learn five ways to get more information from the genealogical sources they use: paying attention to all of the evidence in the sources; examining each source's context; using an entire series; paying better attention to what is not in the source (using negative evidence); and combining sources to build a case.