Spring Technology Conference

IGS Spring Technology Conference: April 8, 2017.  IGS will host its eighth annual Spring Technology Conference on Saturday, April 8th.

Back To Your Roots

J H Fonkert CG SMJ H Fonkert CGSM 

For most of his career, Jay worked as a state government policy analyst — a kind of work that required research, analysis and problem-solving. After he heard a couple of accomplished genealogists talk about evidence analysis and methodology, he was hooked. He has since attended professional genealogy education institutes in Washington, D.C., Birmingham, Alabama, and Salt Lake City, and has learned from some of the best.

Jay’s family history heritage reaches back to The Netherlands, Sweden and Germany. His wife’s Irish, English, German, Norwegian and Swedish origins also keep him busy. But, his favorite family is Fawkner family of Indiana and Kentucky. The Fawkners are his window on fascinating early American history.

He remains active as past-president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and is a Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists (2010-2011).

Professional Memberships:

  • Association of Professional Genealogists (Northland Chapter)
  • National Genealogical Society
  • Minnesota Genealogical Society
  • Genealogical Speakers Guild


8:00  Registration
9:00  Announcements

9:15-10:15 Finding Your Ancestors’ European Origins: A 3-Step Strategy

10:15-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Documenting the Immigration Trail: A Five-stage Approach

11:45-1:00 LUNCH (provided)

1:00-2:00 Why Were They There?

2:00-2:30 Break

2:30 – 3:30 Use All the Sources: A Complex Case of Confounded Identity


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