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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 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

Genealogical Conferences

Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference, 2021, 2022, and 2023

Capital District Genealogical Society Conference, 2021

Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference, 2020

I4GG, 2023

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

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Memberships

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:

Colonial Dames

First Families of Tennessee

Huguenot Society of America

National Society Descendents of American Farmers

Poindexter Descendants Association

The Holland Society of New York

Ready to get started?

Click here to set-up a complimentary call to discuss your project!

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