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2013 Family History Conference and Book Fair

is proudly co-sponsored by

The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois
and John A. Logan College

28 countiesSaturday, August 10, 2013  John A. Logan
 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Ray Hancock Conference Center
John A. Logan College
Route 13 & Greenbriar Road, Carterville, IL

Featured Speaker

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D.

Certified Genealogist & Certified Genealogical Lecturer

Thomas Jones

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.

Missing Something?
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.

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Conference Registration is not necessary to attend the Book Fair.  It is FREE and open to everyone.  There will be vendors with books, forms, maps, and genealogical supplies of all kinds. GSSI and many local genealogical and historical societies will have tables with their books and membership information. Book exhibits and all conference sessions will be held in the Ray Hancock Conference Center at John A. Logan College.


JOHN A. LOGAN COLLEGE is located on Illinois Route 13 in Carterville, mid-way between Marion and Carbondale. All conference activities will take place in the Ray Hancock Conference Center on the JALC campus. Turn north off Route 13 at the Greenbriar Road traffic signal one mile west of the Carterville crossroads. From the College entrance follow posted signs to the conference or to the Ray Hancock Center. Parking is available in Lot D, directly adjacent to the conference center, with overflow parking in Lot A.


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Last Update: July 16, 2013