Janice M. Sellers

1009 NE 196th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97230

Phone: 503-381-2654

Business Phone: 503-381-2654
Fax: 765-381-2658

Email: janicemsj@gmail.com
URL: http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/

Contact between 07:00 am to 11:30 pm US Pacific


  • Jewish records and research
  • Black American records and research
  • Dual citizenship and forensic genealogy
  • Newspaper research, online and offline

  • Lectures:

  • Read All about It!: Using Online Newspapers for Genealogical Research
  • Using Online Historical Black Newspapers for Genealogical Research
  • Using Online Historical Jewish Newspapers for Genealogical Research
  • Using the Subscription Newspaper Web Sites at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries
  • Amazing Things You Can Find in the Newspaper about Your Ancestors
  • Follow a Family for 150 Years through Newspapers
  • Reconstructing Family Information When You Start with Almost Nothing: A Case Study
  • 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?
  • Finding and Following the Paths of My Cuban Cousins
  • Freedmen's Bureau 2.0: A Better Way to Do Slave Research
  • Finding Family Members in Freedman's Bank Records
  • Irish Research Online
  • Immigration and Naturalization Records
  • Grandma, Who Are You?: Finding the Maiden Names in Your Family Tree
  • Vital Records and the Calendar Change of 1752
  • So You Found Them in the Census: That's Only the Start!
  • 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
  • Anybody Home?: Using City (and Other) Directories in Your Research
  • Reading and Transcribing American Colonial Handwriting
  • Why Would They Put It Online 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

  • Speaking Conditions:

  • Required: power supply for laptop; screen or wall on which to project images
  • Preferred: projector with proper cable connection for laptop
  • Will create new talks on request
  • Consult for fee information

  • Previous Engagements:

  • IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, 2014 (Salt Lake City), 2013 (Boston), 2011 (Washington, D.C.)
  • Menlo Park FamilySearch Center Family History Day, California, 2014, 2010 (keynote)
  • California Genealogical Society, Oakland, 2010-2015
  • Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society, 2014
  • African African Family History Seminar, Sacramento, 2014, 2013
  • California State Genealogical Alliance Seminar, 2016, 2015, 2014
  • Oakland FamilySearch Library, California, 2009-2016
  • Family History Day at the California State Archives, 2013, 2011
  • Napa Valley Genealogical Society, California, 2013
  • Contra Costa County Genealogical Society, Concord, 2016
  • Mt. Diablo Chapter DAR, Walnut Creek, California, 2012
  • San Mateo County Genealogical Society, California, 2012
  • Columbia Family History Center, Maryland, 2011
  • San Francisco Ancestry Day, Ancestry.com, 2011
  • Northern California Family History Expo, Family History Expos, 2011
  • Fairbanks Family History Center, Alaska, 2010

  • Bio:

    I am a professional genealogist who specializes in forensic, Jewish, black and newspaper research. I have presented talks on genealogy and family history to diverse audiences, including actors, at local, regional, state, and national events. I am the editor for ZichronNote, the journal of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS); The Baobab Tree, the journal of the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC); and the CSGA Newsletter. I am also the vice president and publicity director for SFBAJGS and a board member of AAGSNC. I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, the California Genealogical Society, and the California State Genealogical Alliance. I have been on the staff of the Oakland FamilySearch Library since 2000.

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