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 17 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
Applied Genealogy Institute, Exploring Broad Context, 2021
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis, 2021
Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, 2021
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
Tackling Tough Problems, 2021
Land Records, 2021
ProGen Study Group, 2021-2022
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Advance Evidence Practicum, 2021 and 2022
Advanced Research Techniques for German Genealogy, 2023
Applied Genealogical Methods, 2022
Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy, 2023
Intermediate Research Methods, 2020
The Art of Writing Client Reports, 2023
Writing & Documenting for Peer Review, 2022
The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science Symposium, Solving Crimes Using Relatives' DNA, 2020
Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference, 2021, 2022, and 2023
Capital District Genealogical Society Conference, 2021
Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference, 2020
Middle TN Genealogical Society Annual Seminar, 2020
National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, 2021, 2022, and 2023
New York State Family History Conference, 2021
Roots Tech Connect, 2021, 2022, and 2023
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy Conference, 2021
Utah Genealogical Association Summit of Excellence, 2020, 2021
Association of Professional Genealogists
National Genealogical Society
Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana
Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia
Immigrant Genealogical Society
Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
New England Historical and 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 Society Memberships
Daughters of the American Revolution
Rich Family Association
Applications in progress:
First Families of Tennessee
Huguenot Society of America
National Society Descendents of American Farmers
Poindexter Descendants Association
The Holland Society of New York
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