17 May 2004

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CGRS, Executive Director, Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 350998, Westminster, CO 80035-0998
Phone 303-422-9371, fax 303-456-8825, e-mail

Prepared by: Richard F. Robinson, CGRS, Information Officer,
Association of Professional Genealogists, e-mail

APG Honors Thomas W. Jones

If you could pick any three words to describe genealogist Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, you might select these, "Example is leadership." Those words, uttered by Dr. Albert Schweitzer, perfectly fit Jones, who was given the 2004 Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

APG President J. Mark Lowe, CG, announced the recipient and presented the award to Jones at the group’s luncheon in Sacramento, California, on May 21, 2004 during the National Genealogical Society Conference in the States. Since 1981, the association has regularly presented the honor to a member who has demonstrated personal commitment and outstanding service to the organization.

"Tom Jones leads by example," according to APG’s Smallwood Award Committee. "He has worked in a leadership role to increase genealogical standards through his commitment to volunteer activities, lecturing, writing, and teaching genealogical research methodology."

The Fairfax, Virginia resident is widely known for his lectures and articles on using case studies to demonstrate genealogical problem-solving and using the Genealogical Proof Standard, a method to evaluate the credibility of research conclusions.

Jones, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, has more than forty years of research and teaching experience in genealogy and education. He served as an APG trustee from 1999 through 2002 and is the immediate past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. A Certified Genealogist (CG) and Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL), Jones earned a doctorate degree in early childhood special education at the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1981, he has been a faculty member at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., where he instructs students specializing in multiple disabilities and early education.

APG, devoted to supporting high standards in genealogy, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Established in 1979 in Utah, it is the leading worldwide professional organization of genealogists and related professionals. The group has 21 chapters, more than 1,400 members, and is based in Westminster, Colorado, near Denver.