Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL speaking in Pittsburgh; honor given by APG

The local genealogical society that is closest to the GRIP venue is the North Hills Genealogists. Their meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 PM are free and open to the public at Northland Public Library. They also sponsor a yearly fall conference. Last year they had Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, as their all-day speaker.

The North Hills Genealogists’ Fall Conference this year will be held on Saturday, 22 October 2011 from 9 am to 4 pm at Ingomar United Methodist Church, 1501 W. Ingomar Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. This new, larger venue will host a great program featuring Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, a well known author, lecturer, and researcher. Dr. Jones is co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, one of the premier scholarly journals in genealogy.

His lectures will include “Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor,” “Inferential Genealogy: Deducing Ancestors’ Identities Indirectly,” “Five Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestor’s European Origins,” and “Organizing Evidence to Overcome Record Shortages.” The conference registration fee includes a continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, and door prizes. The early bird registration deadline is 20 September 2011.

Parking is free at the conference which is located just 3 miles from the Wexford exit of I-79. The Econo-Lodge, V.I.P. Drive, Wexford, PA (724-935-1000), located at this interstate exit, is the conference hotel.

For more information and a mail-in registration form, or to register with a credit card, please visit

Dr. Jones is also giving a workshop on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA sponsored by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Everyone is welcome to register for  “Bringing Law to Bear on Complex Genealogical Problems” by going to the Chapter website at

Join us for one or both of the above events held in the North Hills of Pittsburgh!

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Thomas W Jones Honored by APG

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, was awarded (9 September 2011) the APG Professional Achievement Award. The award, created in 2007, recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. Dr. Jones has served as co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002 and is a past APG board member and Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) trustee and president. With more than forty years of research and teaching experience, he frequently lectures, teaches, and writes about genealogical methodology. He is an instructor for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program, Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).

Congratulations, Tom!

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