Sunday, January 27, 2013

Spotlight–Thomas W. Jones

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS is one of the most knowledgeable and engaging genealogy speakers I know.  You can read a short bio HERE.  He was mentioned in the comments section of my Who's Who blog post.  I couldn’t put every deserving person on the list because of space constraints so I decided I would do a spotlight blog from time to time on other prominent researchers in the field of genealogy.  Even if you can’t attend the big national genealogical conferences or the courses offered at places like Boston University, you can “attend” some of Tom’s seminars. 

Here are two free courses from Tom and FamilySearch:

Here are two excellent webinars (not free) from Tom and the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists:

Dear Myrtle reported on Facebook that Tom’s new book, Mastering Genealogy Proof, will be going to press this spring.  According to Myrt, it will be in a workbook format with US research examples. Dear Myrtle is one of those Facebook pages you need to “like” to help keep you up to date with what is going on.

I was listening to Tom’s Seeing the Forest and the Trees (and Their Leaves) this weekend (for the 2nd time) and I thought it would be a good time to mention some of his contributions. 

Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis


  1. Hi Michele, Is Tom's "Seeing the Forest..." a CD/DVD to purchase? Where please? or how does one gain access to it?

  2. I have taken courses from Tom Jones at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy several times and he is amazing. Thanks for the links to the webinars. The two available for purchase are a bit expensive, but with him, I am never disappointed, so I am sure they are worth the expense.

  3. Margie, it is available through the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. If you click on the name of the CD within the blog, it will take you to the ordering page.

    If you are overwhelmed with Elizabeth Shown Mill's Evidence Explained book, this CD really helps clarify things.

  4. Does anyone know the length of 1.) Correlating Sources, Information and Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems and 2.) Seeing the Forest and the Trees (and Their Leaves): Mastering the Craft of Genealogical Documentation? I like to know before sending a big check to NECofAPG.

  5. Seeing the Forest... is 2 hours and 12 minutes long. It comes with a 14 page companion "book" in pdf format. This is a workshop format where you are supposed to stop the tape and write your answers in the handout.

    Correlating Sources... I can't find my DVD. It is in this mess somewhere. If you want the exact time on this one right away you can email one of the people here In the meantime, I will keep looking :)