About

Hi, I’m Dana Jones, the genealogist behind Generation Jones Genealogy. I am the only child of only children and I have an only child of my own. I wonder if that’s why I became so interested in genealogy?

 

While researching my own family over the years, I have discovered Revolutionary War Patriots, Civil War soldiers, Huguenots expelled from France, a founder of Bruton Church in Colonial Williamsburg, and early Dutch settlers to New Amsterdam. I also have discovered that a great-grand uncle was violently murdered by his ex-wife, whose sensational murder trial splashed across headlines in two states. Oh, and did I mention that my grandmother was a teenager when it happened and never told my dad about it?

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Of course, it hasn’t all been so salacious. I’ve also discovered odd names (Sourbeer, anyone?), a great-grandfather who ran for school board (and lost), and my grandparents’ marriage license with my grandfather’s signature on it. But, with each discovery, I discover a little bit more—about who I am and where I came from. 

 

Researching the people and stories of my family…and my husband's family…and several good friends' families has been a passion of mine for more than 14 years. I am a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in communication studies and I hold a Genealogical Research Certificate from Boston University's Center for Professional Education. 

I’m a Tennessee girl who has lived in Pasadena, California, for so long that it feels like home. I’m the wife of a professional educator, the mother of a California native, and the dog-mom of a rescue Chi-Chon named Waylon Jennings. 

 

I love to organize (the Container Store is my happy place), read, listen to true-crime podcasts, relax by the pool, spend time with family and friends, and, of course, share my passion for genealogy with the world.

 

And, I really love a good puzzle, which is why I’m excited to help you put together yours!

Genealogical Institutes and Trainings

ProGen 58 (currently enrolled)

Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research 2021 Institute on Advanced Methodology

Genealogical Institute on Federal Records 2021

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh 2021 Institutes on Tackling Tough Problems and on Land Records

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2020 on Intermediate Research Methods

Solving Crimes Using Relatives' 2020 DNA Symposium at The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science

Genealogical Conferences

New York State Family History Conference 2021

Association of Professional Genealogists 2021 Professional Management Conference

Southern California Genealogical Society 2021 Genealogy Jamboree

Southern California Genealogical Society 2021 Genetic Genealogy Conference

National Genealogical Society 2021 Family History Conference

Roots Tech Connect 2021

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2020 Annual Conference

Utah Genealogical Association 2020 Summit of Excellence

Middle TN Genealogical Society 2020 Annual Seminar

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Memberships

Association of Professional Genealogists 

National Genealogical Society

Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists

Albemarle Charlottesville (VA) Historical Society

Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana

Fluvanna County (VA) Historical Society

Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia

Immigrant Genealogical Society

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Overton County (TN) Historical Society

Palatines to America

Southern California Genealogical Society

Tennessee Genealogical Society

Upper Cumberland (TN) Genealogical Association

Utah Genealogical Association

Lineage Societies

Daughters of the American Revolution

Rich Family Association

 

Applications in progress:

Colonial Dames

Huguenot Society of America

The Holland Society of New York