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Last week, The Legal Genealogist was honored beyond words to be voted as one of the American and international Rockstar Genealogists by readers of John Reid’s Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections blog.

Tom-JonesThose nominated for this straw-poll award are the ones John describes as “those who give ‘must attend’ presentations at family history conferences or as webinars. Who, when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy.”1

One person who’s on my personal list of “must attend” presenters is Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. And you can listen to a new webinar presentation by Tom tonight as the Board for Certification of Genealogists launches a new webinar series.

For anyone who’s not familiar with Tom’s work, his speaker write-up for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies tells most of the story:

Dr. Thomas W. Jones, the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, is also an award-winning genealogical editor, educator, and reseacher. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. Certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1994, Dr. Jones serves the board as a trustee and is a past president. He is the 2011 recipient of the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Professional Achievement Award, 2004 recipient of its Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit, and 1997 and 2002 winner of the National Genealogical Society Award for Excellence for scholarly articles in the NGS Quarterly.

Dr. Jones teaches in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program, online and in the classroom. He coordinates week-long courses at the British Institute, the Genealogical Research Institue of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Samford University’s Institute on Genealogical and Historical Research.2

And, the writer might have added, he is witty, charming and manages always to educate and entertain at the same time.

His webinar tonight — the inaugual webinar of this new series — is “Fine Wine in a New Bottle: Guidelines for Effective Research and Family Histories.” It focuses on the updated, retitled, and reorganized new edition of the genealogy standards first published in 2000. The webinar will describe the changes and what they mean for all family historians.

The webinar will be at 8 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. CDT, 6 p.m. MDT, 5 p.m. PDT, and you can register for it here:

And yes, it is free.

The webinar series continues next month when, on October 15th, I will explain “Kinship Determination: From Generation to Generation.” Requirement 7 of the BCG certification application asks for a Kinship Determination Project in which the applicant writes a three-generation narrative and explains how the relationships are documented. All genealogists do this regularly while placing relatives with their appropriate connections in the family tree.

And you can register now for this webinar — also free, also at 8 p.m. Eastern — at

Hope to see you tonight, next month and in the future!


  1. John D. Reid, “Rockstar Genealogists: Who Do You Think They Are?,” Anglo-Celtic Connections, posted 1 Sep 2014 ( : accessed 16 Sep 2014).
  2. Sandra Crowley, “Speaker: Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS,” FGS Conference Blog, posted 5 July 2014 ( : accessed 21 Sep 2014).
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