New Bern-Craven County
Public Library

a member of the Craven-Pamlico Regional Library System

Henry Z. "Hank" Jones, Jr.
Coming to New Bern

Henry Z. Jones, Jr.Renowned Palatine researcher Henry Z. "Hank" Jones, Jr., will be visiting New Bern in May 2010. In celebration of New Bern's tercentenary, the New Bern-Craven County Public Library has asked Mr. Jones to present an evening lecture and an all day seminar.

On Friday, May 21, 2010, at 7 p.m. in Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College, Mr. Jones will present a lecture titled "The Palatines: Profiles in Courage." This free lecture is open to the public and will discuss the history of the German Palatines and their subsequent immigration to England and North America.

On Saturday, May 22, 2010, Mr. Jones will be giving an all day genealogical seminar. Topics discussed will include:

9:00 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 10:30 When the Sources Are Wrong: A problem every genealogist has to deal with in research and what to do to solve the problems that erroneous sources present. Many problems presented by new technology are also discussed, as well as the strengths and dangerous flaws in the genealogical tools we all commonly use like the IGI and the internet.

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:00 Tracing the Origins of Early 18th Century Palatine and Other Emigrants: The methodology in tracing an emigrant is often the same, so other ethnic groups and time-frames and how to document them overseas are also discussed in this talk - a step by step plan for a successful emigrant search!

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 Family Tradition: How to Separate Fact from Fiction in Genealogical Research: The case history of Jost Hite - so-called "Baron of the Shenandoah Valley" - is examined, dissected, and made relevant to all; that Hite was eventually discovered to be the son of the local butcher in his ancestral European village - not a Baron at all - should be no surprise to experienced genealogists.

2:30 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 4:00 How Psychic Roots Became an Unsolved Mystery: Incorporating many experiences from his best-selling books on serendipity & intuition in genealogy, now in their 9th printings from Genealogical Publishing Co. and dramatized on NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries" program, this talk also discuss our prime task as family historians of putting flesh and blood on our skeletons of names and dates, making our ancestors come alive again!

The Saturday seminar requires registration and payment of a fee which includes lunch and workshop packet. Early bird registration fee is $40(through May 7). Regular registration fee is $50 (after May 7).

Click here for the registration form and mail with payment to:

New Bern-Craven County Public Library
400 Johnson Street
New Bern, NC 28560-4098

Henry Z. Jones, Jr., is an entertaining genealogical lecturer, an accomplished writer and a respected Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, best known for his extensive work with Palatine Genealogy and for his popular book, Psychic Roots. He also has a long career as an entertainer and screen actor.

HOTEL INFORMATION: The Hampton Inn (400 Hotel Drive) has a few rooms at a reduced rate of $97 per night. Make your reservations by calling the hotel directly at (252) 637-2111 by May 10. Mention "Genealogy Group" to receive these rates.