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, coör­di­na­tor; Rick Sayre; Pamela Boyer)
    • 2009 — “Vir­ginia: Her Records and Her Laws” (Bar­bara Vines Lit­tle, coör­di­na­tor; Vic Dunn; Lloyd Bockstruck)
    • 2010 — “Virginia’s Land and Mil­i­tary Con­flicts & Their Effect on Migra­tion” (Bar­bara Vines Lit­tle, coör­di­na­tor; Vic Dunn)
    • 2011 — “Advanced Method­ol­ogy” (Eliz­a­beth Shown Mills, coör­di­na­tor; with Craig Roberts Scott, Rick Sayre, and Tom Jones)
    • 2013 — “Writ­ing and Pub­lish­ing for Geneal­o­gists” (Tom Jones, coördinator)
  • 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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