Publications

J. H. (“Jay”) Fonkert is an avid researcher and writer.  An award-winning author, he has published more than 30 articles of every shape and size, but especially enjoys articles that illustrate how to solve genealogical problems.  As managing editor of Minnesota Genealogist, Jay invites aspiring writers to submit articles to the Minnesota Genealogical Society’s quarterly journal.

RESEARCH AND TEACHING ARTICLES

National Genealogical Society Quarterly

  • “Finding a Man’s Past through his Children: Four Wives of John C. Fawkner of Kentucky and Indiana,” 99 (September 2011), 165-84.
  • “Clara V. Moore and Carrie Peterson: Proving a Double Enumeration in the 1910 Census,” 96 (March 2008), 5-12.

NGS Magazine (National Genealogical Society)

  • “Genealogical Fingerprints: Making Sure of Identity,” 37:1 (January-March 2011), 53-58.
  • “Occupation: It’s not just a job, it’s a finding aid,” 36:2 (April-June 2010), 22-26.
  • Seeing Double: Taking advantage of double census enumerations,” 36:4 (October-December 2010), 26-31.
  • “Testing Family Lore: She married a distant cousin in Virginia,” 41:2 (April-June 2015), 24-29.
  • “The Threshing Engine: Newspapers Breath Life into a Photo,” NGS Magazine, 38:2 (April-June 2012), 22-28.
  • “Testing Family Lore: She married a distant cousin in Virginia,” NGS Magazine, 41:2 (April-June 2015), 24-29.
    The Septs (journal of the Irish Genealogical Society, International)
  • “The GEO in Genealogy: Using Geographic Information and Maps in Family History,” 28:2 (July 2007).
  • “The Genealogist’s Best Friend: the Census,” 29:1 (January 2008), 20-22.
  • “Filling the Gaps in Your Family History Timeline: State Censuses,” 29:2 (April 2008).
  • “Tracking Ancestors to America: Records Marking Five Stages of Migration,” 29:3 (July 2008), 146-149.
  • “All Genealogists were Once Beginners,” 29:4 (October 2008) 188-190.
  • “Set the Table for Success: A Simple Technique for Making Sense of Your Evidence,” 30:1 (January 2009), 26-30.
  • “Beginning Genealogy: What to do When all the Pieces Don’t Come in the Same Box,” 30:2 (April 2009).
  • “Treasures in the Attic,” 30:3 (July 2009), 104-109.
  • “Following Clues Across the Water: The John Lee Family of England and Ireland.” 30:4 (October 2009), 170-73.
  • “Adding Method to Our Madness,” 31:1 (January 2010), 23-25.
  • “Uncover the Facts from Multiple Sources,” April 2010, 59-61.
  • “Get to Know the History of Genealogical Records,” 31:3 (July 2010), 126-28.
  • “Strategies for Finding Your Ancestor’s Immigrant Origins,” 31:4 (October 2010), 147-50.
  • “Official, but Wrong: The San Francisco Faulkner Sisters’ Passports,” 32:1 (January 2011).
  • “Finding Maiden Name Clues in Censuses,” 32:2 (April 2011), 78-81.
  • “Caught in the Web: Be a Researcher, not a Gopher,” 32:3 (July 2011).
  • “Your Family History: Where to Start,” 32:4 (October 2011).
  • “Research is More than Looking Things Up,” 33:1 (January 2012), 13-16.
  • “Use Newspapers to Create Genealogical Context,” 33:2 (April 2012).
  • “Data Mines, Information Transports and Genealogy Factories,” 33:3 (July 2012).
  • “Five Ws for Family Historians,” 33:4 (October 2012).
  • “Working Without a Recipe: Finding Origins of Laurence Lee of Minnesota,” 34:1 January 2013.
  • “Tracking Irish-born Bartholomew Lee Back to Cork” 34:2 (April 2013).
  • “More than Just a Job: Occupation as a Key to Identity,” 34:3 (July 2013).
  • “Remember the Courthouse? A Place of Genealogical Records, 33:4 (October 2013).
  • “Good Genealogy Starts with a Question,” 35:1 (January 2014).
  • “Are You Ready to Research in Irish Records?” 35:2 (April 2014), 56-9.
  • “Corroborate and Correlate Before You Conclude,” 35:3 (July 2014).
  • “Get to Know the Territory: Geography for Genealogists,” 35:4 (October 2014).

Minnesota Genealogist (Minnesota Genealogical Society)

  • “In Search of Early Dutch Settlers in Minnesota,”, 39:1 (Spring 2008), 16-21.
  • “John Welhaven: the Case of a Borrowed Name,”, 38:1 (Spring 2007), 22-28.
  • “The Search for George S. Fawkner,”, 40:2 (Summer 2009), 22-26. [Footnotes were deleted during journal layout process].
  • “Two A. P. Overlands in Fergus Falls: Sorting Out Identities,”, 39:2 (Summer 2008), 15-20.
  • “Seven Reasons to Write,”, 40:4 (Winter 2009-10), 21-22.
  • “Sorting Out Entangled Roots: Tidball Origins in Southwest England,”, 41:1 (Spring 2010).
  • “The Stuff of Genealogical Analysis: informants, Information and Evidence,”, 41:4 (Winter 2010), 23-4.
  • “Filling Family History Gaps with City Directories,”, Summer 2010.
  • “Marriage Records Come to MGS: Marriages of the St. Paul Fawkner Sisters,”, Summer 2010.
  • “A Cemetery Headstone in Search of its Home,”, 42:2 (Summer 2011), 23.
  • “A Genealogical Side-Trip: Elizabeth Stephens Fawkner of Montrose, Lee County, Iowa,”, 42:4 (Winter 2011).
  • “A Tale of Three Records: One Leads to Another,”, 44:4 (Winter 2013), 30-1.
  • “Write the Story with the Evidence You Have, but Keep Searching: Proving the Marriage of John Fawkner and Elizabeth Nuttall,”, 45:2 (Summer 2014), 20-21.
  • DNA for Genealogists: Another Piece of Problem-Solving Evidence,” 45:4 (Winter 2014).

Family Chronicle

  • “The Three C’s of Genealogical Research,” (February 2009), p. 54.
  • “Finding Family History in Newspapers,”, forthcoming Summer 2012.
  • “The Married Name Problem: Finding a Maiden Name for Mrs. Katie Romkee,” (November-December 2011), 40-42.
  • “Researching Family History in Old Newspapers,” (July-August 2013), 13-17.
  • “Wooden Shoe Genealogy: Finding Your Dutch and Frisian Ancestors, Part I,” (September-October 2013), 13-14.
  • “Wooden Shoe Genealogy: Finding Your Dutch and Frisian Ancestors, Part II.”

APG Quarterly (Association of Professional Genealogists)

  • “Professionals as Volunteers: Balancing Profit and Service,”, 33:2 (June 2011), 81-83.
  • “Sources: Transporting Raw Material to the Genealogy Factory,” 28:4 (December 2013), 193-

Crossroads (Utah Genealogical Association)

  • “The GPS and Beyond: Challenges for a Genealogy Profession,” Spring 2015, 18-25.

Other

  • “Six Morstad Siblings from Gran, Hadeland, Norway: Immigration to Wisconsin and Minnesota,” The Brua, quarterly of the Hadeland Lag, May 2006.

REVIEW ARTICLES

  • “Some Family: The Mormons and How Humanity Keeps Track of Itself: Review and Commentary,” The Septs, 29:2 (April 2008), 98-102.
  • “Book Review: Joseph A. Amato, Coal Cousins,” Minnesota Genealogist, 40:2), Summer 2009, p. 30.
  • “Review: Genline Family Finder,” Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, 24:3 (September 2009), 119-20.
  • Book Review: “Hatcher. Belange, Cresson, Delaplaine, Diament, and Smith: Seventeenth-Century Immigrants to New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 100:3 (September 2012), 230-2.
  • Book Review: “Akenson, Ireland, Sweden and the Great European Migration, 1815-1914,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 101 (March 2013), 68-9.
  • Book Review: “Hite. Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 102:3 (September 2014), 232-3.

SELF-PUBLISHED RESEARCH REPORTS

  • Investigation into the Origins of James C. Fawkner, 22 pp., October 2004. Self-published; copy in collection of Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne (IN), and Danville (IN) Public Library.
  • Ancestors of Carrie Ehlenbach: a Three Generation Kinship Determination Project, 56 pp., January 2007. Self-published; copy in collection of Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

BLOG

J. H. Fonkert also blogs regularly at http://www.FourGenerationsGenealogy.blogspot.com. Topics include methodological musings, research stories, and a series of more than 20 posts about the Fawkner family of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and points west.

AWARDS

  • 2009 ASG Scholar Award, American Society of Genealogist
  • 3rd place, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, 2007
  • 3rd place, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, 2008
  • 2nd place, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, 2009
  • 1st place, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, 2010
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