Jane E. Wilcox

Forget-Me-Not Ancestry
P.O. Box 4333
Kingston, New York 12402

Business Phone: 845-430-9582
Email: Jane@4getMeNotAncestry.com
URL: www.4getmenotancestry.com

Contact between 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern


  • Colonial British New York and New England
  • New York into the 20th century
  • Placing ancestors in the context of their times
  • Correlating city directories and census records
  • Using indirect evidence to build a proof argument

  • Lectures:

  • Looking for Your New York Tenant Farmer: Little-Used Resources. Documents for New York manors and patents and their tenants have survived. Learn how and where to look for your tenant ancestors in these and other records. (Intermediate-advanced genealogy audience)

  • The New York Gateway: Immigration and Migration. New York has been the heart of U.S. emigration since the 1600s. Discover the origins of significant immigrant groups, settlers and New York migration routes. (Topic under development, beginner-intermediate genealogy audience)

  • Up the North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups and Religions. The Hudson (North) River valley was an ethnic and religious melting pot long before the late nineteenth century immigrant influx. Find out who was in New York in the beginning. (General interest topic)

  • Finding American Women’s Voices through the Centuries: Letters, Journals, Newspapers, and Court Records. Women from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries are challenging to uncover, but we may hear their voices in the documents that recorded their lives. (Beginner and general interest topic)

  • A Tale of Woe: An Eighteenth Century Woman’s Story Using Original and Authored Sources. Placing someone in historical context can be done for anyone. See how 1714 unwed mother Margaret Wilcockson’s story unfolds with original documents and authored sources. (Topic under development, general interest and intermediate audience)

  • New York City and State Vital Records and Their Substitutes. New York is notoriously challenging to find births, deaths and marriages. Learn to navigate New York City and State vital records and their substitutes. (Topic under development, intermediate audience)

  • Early Nineteenth Century New York City Research: Using Available Records to Identify Ancestors. Using census, vital and church records, city directories, OCR, and maps, find out how to identify New York City ancestors between 1800 and 1850. (Topic under development, intermediate audience)

  • A Soldier’s World War II Story. Using letters from the front, local newspapers from home, audio interviews, NARA regimental histories and more, learn how you can reconstruct your soldier’s war-time experience and hear the story of one tank driver from Long Island. (Topic under development, general interest and beginner-intermediate audience)

  • Dear Mr. President: Using Presidential Libraries for Genealogy Research. Branches of NARA, presidential libraries are unique and untapped repositories for personal correspondence to a president. Learn about letters at presidential libraries and how to access the collections. (Topic under development, intermediate and general interest topic)

  • Speaking Conditions:

  • Speaker provides PowerPoint presentations and computer.
  • Speaker requires projector, screen, table, extension cord, microphone.
  • Speaker expects honorarium and travel fees.
  • Speaker will develop new lectures upon request.
  • Speaker provides contract.

  • Previous Engagements:

  • National Genealogical Society, Annual Family History Conference, Las Vegas, Nev. 2013
  • Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society, Highland, N.Y. 2013
  • Capital District Genealogical Society, Colonie, N.Y. 2013
  • Orange County Genealogical Society, Goshen, N.Y. 2013
  • New York Metro Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists, New York, N.Y. 2013

  • Bio:

    A national genealogy speaker and former public school teacher, Jane E. Wilcox is also a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and radio show host, with more than thirty years of genealogy experience. She owns Forget-Me-Not Ancestry in Kingston, N.Y. and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) Education Committee.

    Jane holds an M.S. degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a B.A. degree in English literature and in history, with an emphasis in Colonial American history, from the University of Michigan, and a Teacher’s Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. As a historian, journalist and teacher, Jane infuses her talks with historical context.

    Jane hosts The Forget-Me-Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told radio show on the internet at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/JaneEWilcox and is author of the forthcoming family biography, From England to America: The Odyssey of the William and Margaret Wilcockson Family. She has consulted for the producers of the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for a genealogy mystery TV pilot.

    Fascinated with genealogy and history since she was a child, Jane has been digging around in her own ancestry backyard for decades and doing it professionally for more than a decade. She learned genealogy on the lap of her grandmother, a national genealogical records chairman for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Through her research, she has come to believe that the ancestors want their stories to be told.

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