Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS

Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, of Monroe, New York, is an editor, author, lecturer, and professional genealogist, specializing in upstate New York, and currently employed as editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. She was named a fellow of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in November 2012. She holds an MA in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies (State University of New York, Oneonta) and a BS (honors) in history (State University of New York, Oneonta). She has served on the Education Committee of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society since 2011.  She has served APG as a Regional Vice President (1993-1994) and as Director (1993-1996 and again from 2009-2010). She has also served the genealogical community as Director and Vice President of Administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) from 1992 to 2002; National Conference Chair of the 1997 FGS conference in Dallas, Texas; Chair of the FGS Public Relations Committee, 1992-1998.


The owner of Frontier Press, a genealogical and historical bookstore, Karen is the author of articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, as well as the two-volume set of The Kentucky Gazette: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts, 1787-1820, the two-volume set of Pioneer Ohio Newspapers: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts, 1793-1818 (winner of the 1989 Salmon P. Chase Award, Council of Ohio Genealogists), and The Maryland Gazette: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts, 1727-1761 (winner of the 1991 Norris Harris Award, Maryland Historical Society).

Research in New York - Saturday, 1 April 2017
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S21) Records Created by New York’s Towns, Counties, and Cities: Uncommonly Rich Resources. Local-level records are filled with information of genealogical value: town court records, supervisor’s minutes, overseers of the poor, police and fire departments, orphanages, and much more. We will study the jurisdictions, what records exist, and how to find them.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S22) Cluster Methodology: A Case Study in Upstate New York. This lecture uses the Joseph Johnson Chase research problem to illustrate breaking through a brick wall in upstate New York in the first half of the nineteenth century. Cluster methodology was essential to solve this case.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S23) “Dutch” New Netherland and New York: A Lesson in Flexibility. Researching diverse, multi-cultural New Netherland and early New York demands flexibility and familiarity with Dutch culture and an understanding of the complexities of patronymics and naming patterns.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S24) Time for a Trip to Albany: The Treasures at the New York State Archives and Library. This lecture will focus on the original records and exceptional resources held by Albany’s genealogy jewel: The New York State Library and Archives. We will cover the governmental records (military, canal, institutional, land, probate) held by the state archives; the collections of private papers, account books, diaries, unpublished manuscripts, and other rare materials held by the library’s Manuscripts and Special Collections Division; the holdings of the State Library’s genealogy section; and the New Netherland Research Center.