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?
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
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
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
Daughters of the American Revolution
Rich Family Association
Applications in progress:
Huguenot Society of America
The Holland Society of New York