Biography

Jordan Jones
Jordan Jones

Jordan Jones, founder and owner of GenealogyMedia.com, is an experienced genealogist, author, book designer, publisher, webmaster, and technologist. He is a senior engineering manager at Cisco Systems, Inc., and has worked in several technical roles including technical writer, documentation program manager, documentation manager, and technical leader (business architect).

He received his BA in “Honors in English” with a minor in Philosophy (magna cum laude) from California State University (1987), Northridge and his MA in English from UC Davis (1991), where he received a Graduate Humanities Research Award, and served on the English Graduate Student, Creative Writing, and Speakers Committees.

He has published poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and works in translation in numerous magazines and anthologies, and is the author of two books of poetry, Sand & Coal: Poems (Futharc Press, 1993) and The Wheel: Poems (Leaping Dog Press, 2005), both of which contain poems on family history subjects.

Jordan has been an amateur genealogist since 1973; has designed, edited, and published books and magazines since 1987; and has designed and published websites since 1995. He is working on becoming a certified genealogist.

Jordan has spoken at several regional, statewide, and national conferences, including the 2009, 2011, and 2012 NGS Family History Conferences. For a detailed list of talks available, and previously given, see the Talks page. He was profiled in the June 2010 Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly magazine.

Genealogy-Related Publications

  • “Facebook for Genealogists,” NGS Magazine, Vol. 35, No. 2, Apr-Jun 2009 (Arlington, Virginia: 2009), 63.
  • “Where in the world?: Technology tools for locating a place,” NGS Magazine, Vol. 35, No. 3, Jul-Sep 2009 (Arlington, Virginia: 2009), 59.
  • “Digital archiving: How to make and store digital backups of your audio, video, and photography,” NGS Magazine, Vol. 35, No. 4, Oct-Dec 2009 (Arlington, Virginia: 2009), 59.
  • “A Davidson County Birth Record for Alexander Hill,” North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Raleigh, North Carolina: February 2010), 74.
  • “Preserving your digital legacy: Backing up your data,” NGS Magazine, Vol. 36, No. 1, Jan-Mar 2010 (Arlington, Virginia: 2010), 59.
  • “How trends in technology will affect genealogy,” NGS Magazine, Vol. 36, No. 2, Apr-Jun 2010 (Arlington, Virginia: 2010), 59.
  • “Cyber security: How to protect yourself in a connected world,” NGS Magazine, Vol. 36, No. 3, Jul-Sep 2010 (Arlington, Virginia: 2010), 59.
  • “Organizing, optimizing, and finding information in PDFs,” NGS Magazine, Vol. 36, No. 4, Oct-Dec 2010 (Arlington, Virginia: 2010), 59.
  • “Keeping your computer up to date,” NGS Magazine, Vol. 37, No. 1, Jan-Mar 2011 (Arlington, Virginia: 2011), 59.
  • “Using metadata,” NGS Magazine, Vol. 37, No. 2, Apr-Jun 2011 (Arlington, Virginia: 2011), 59.
  • “Open access, public domain, and bibliographic tools” NGS Magazine, Vol. 37, No. 3, Jul-Sep 2011 (Arlington, Virginia: 2011), 58.
  • “Digital Camera Technologies: A Genealogist’s Guide” NGS Magazine, Vol. 37, No. 4, Oct-Dec 2011 (Arlington, Virginia: 2011), 58.
  • “Cloud Computing” NGS Magazine, Vol. 38, No. 1, Jan-Mar 2012 (Arlington, Virginia: 2012), 59.
  • “Genealogy in your pocket” NGS Magazine, Vol. 38, No. 2, Apr-Jun 2012 (Arlington, Virginia: 2012), 58.
  • “Browsers and plug-ins” NGS Magazine, Vol. 38, No. 3, Jul-Sep 2012 (Arlington, Virginia: 2012), 57.
  • “Using technology to prepare for a research trip” NGS Magazine, Vol. 38, No. 4, Oct-Dec 2012 (Arlington, Virginia: 2012), 58.
  • “Cloud computing update” NGS Magazine, Vol. 39, No. 1, Jan-Mar 2013 (Arlington, Virginia: 2013).

Attended

  • NGS Family History Conference
    • 2007 — Richmond, VA
    • 2008 — Kansas City, MO
    • 2009 — Raleigh, NC (speaker)
    • 2010 — Salt Lake City, UT
    • 2011 — Charleston, SC (speaker; Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Lecturer)
    • 2012 — Cincinnati, OH (speaker)
    • 2013 — Las Vegas, NV (host)
    • 2014 — Richmond, VA (host and speaker)
    • 2015 — St. Charles, MO
    • 2016 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • IGHR— Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research:
    • 2008 — “Advanced Military Research III: From the Mexican War through the Civil War” (Craig R. Scott, coordinator; Rick Sayre; Pamela Boyer)
    • 2009 — “Virginia: Her Records and Her Laws” (Barbara Vines Little, coordinator; Vic Dunn; Lloyd Bockstruck)
    • 2010 — “Virginia’s Land and Military Conflicts & Their Effect on Migration” (Barbara Vines Little, coordinator; Vic Dunn)
    • 2011 — “Advanced Methodology” (Elizabeth Shown Mills, coordinator; with Craig Roberts Scott, Rick Sayre, and Tom Jones)
    • 2013 — “Writing and Publishing for Genealogists” (Tom Jones, coordinator)
  • NIGR— The National Institute on Genealogical Research (at the National Archives)
    • 2009 — Washington, DC and College Park, MD
  • FGS Conference & APG PMC— Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference and Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference
    • 2009 — Little Rock, AR
    • 2010 — Knoxville, TN
    • 2012 — Birmingham, AL
    • 2013 — Ft. Wayne, IN
    • 2014 — San Antonio, TX (speaker)
    • 2015 — Salt Lake City, UT
  • RootsTech— FamilySearch Genealogy and Technology Conference
    • 2011 — Salt Lake City, UT
    • 2012 — Salt Lake City, UT
    • 2013 — Salt Lake City, UT
    • 2014 — Salt Lake City, UT
    • 2015 — Salt Lake City, UT

Memberships

  • Genealogy (National)
    • APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists)
    • GSG (Genealogical Speakers Guild)
    • ISFHWE (International Society of Family History Writers and Editors)
    • NEHGS (New England Historic Genealogical Society) — Former member
    • NGS (National Genealogical Society) — Technology Columnist, NGS Magazine (2009-Present); Director and Chair, Technology Committee (2010-2012); President  (2012-Present)
    • NIGRAA (NIGR Alumni Association)
  • Genealogy (State and Local)
    • CGS (California Genealogical Society and Library) — Life Member
    • NCAPG (North Carolina Chapter of the Assn of Professional Genealogists) — Webmaster
    • NCGS (North Carolina Genealogical Society) — Member, former Director (2010–2014) and former webmaster
    • NSGS (Nebraska State Genealogical Society)
    • SNCA (Society of North Carolina Archivists)— Former member
    • UGA (Utah Genealogical Association)
    • VGS (Virginia Genealogical Society) — Life Member,  former Webmaster
    • WCGS (Wake County (NC) Genealogical Society) — Former member
    • WVGS (West Virginia Genealogical Society)— Former member
  • Engineering
    • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • Environmental Action
    • Sierra ClubLife Member
    • NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) — Council of 1000
    • PATC (Potomac Appalachian Trail Club) — Life Member

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