Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Janice M. Sellers - Speaker Profile

Janice M. Sellers

E-mail:  janicemsj@gmail.com

Web Site:  http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/

Blog:  http://ancestraldiscoveries.blogspot.com/

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Location:  Oakland, California; available anywhere

Topics:  newspapers, vital records, women, forensic genealogy, Jewish genealogy, black genealogy, immigration, naturalization

  • Read All about It!:  Using Online Newspapers for Genealogical Research
  • Using Online Historical Jewish Newspapers for Genealogical Research
  • Using Online Historical Black Newspapers for Genealogical Research
  • Using the Subscription Newspaper Web Sites at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries
  • Following a Family's History over 100 Years through Newspaper Articles
  • Amazing Things You Can Find in the Newspaper about Your Ancestors
  • Introduction to Genealogy: Family History to Share with Your Family
  • Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
  • Jewish Genealogy: Why Is This Research Different from All Other Research?
  • Valuable Information in Freedmen's Bureau Records
  • Reconstructing Family Information When You Start with Almost Nothing: A Case Study
  • Grandma, Who Are You?: Finding the Maiden Names in Your Family Tree
  • Reconstructing Family Information When You Start with Almost Nothing: A Case Study
  • Vital Records and the Calendar Change of 1752
  • Get Me to the Church on Time: Finding Religious Records
  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: What's Buried in Cemetery Records
  • Where There's a Will: Probate Records Can Prove Family Connections
  • They Died in San Francisco: A Little Used Source of Pre-1906 Deaths
  • Immigration and Naturalization Research
  • Anybody Home?: Using City (and Other) Directories in Your Research
  • Reading and Transcribing American Colonial Handwriting
  • They Wouldn't Put It on the Web If They Didn't Want Me to Use It: Copyright Issues for Genealogy
  • What Is Forensic Genealogy Really?
  • A Tale of Two Brothers: The Patriot and the Outlaw
  • Using Finding Aids for Jewish Records to Help Research Non-Jewish Ancestors
I am passionate about genealogy.  I love researching my own family and everyone else's, and I will talk your ear off about the cool things I have found.  I like fitting all the pieces together and figuring out which people belong to which families.  I also love to find the stories behind the people and learn as much as I can about why they did what they did.  I look at the historical context around the people I research.

I am lucky enough to do what I love for a living.  I am a professional genealogist who specializes in Jewish, forensic, and newspaper research.  I conduct research and teach.  I am also active as a volunteer in the genealogy community.  I edit three genealogy journals: The Galitzianer, focused on Jewish research in the former Austrian province of Galicia; ZichronNote, journal of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS); and The Baobab Tree, journal of the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC).  I am the vice president and publicity director for SFBAJGS, and a board member of AAGSNC and California State Genealogical Alliance.  I have been on the staff of the Oakland FamilySearch Library since 2000.

I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, California Genealogical Society, and Gesher Galicia.  Before becoming a professional genealogist, I worked in publishing for many years as an editor, indexer, translator, and compositor.

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