Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

Lori Thornton is a professional genealogist specializing in Southern States (especially North Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi) and in religious records. She speaks on genealogical topics at local, regional, and national events.

Lori earned a Master of Religious Education degree in 1990 from Cincinnati Bible Seminary (now Cincinnati Christian University). She earned a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from University of Kentucky in 1994. During the academic year, she works as a librarian at a liberal arts university.

She accepts a few clients as time permits during the academic year, but the majority of client work is done in the summer months.

Dick Gault

630 Brooklyn Street
Cumberland Gap, Tennessee 37724

(423) 869-3996

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Vyve is providing WIFI at the Genealogy Jamboree.

2215 Cumberland Ave.

Middlesboro Kentucky 40965

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Dora Fisher is a long-time volunteer in the LDS Family History Centers. She has been teaching family history research, FamilySearch, and Family Search Family Tree for a number of years. With many family lines in SE Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee, she has done quite a bit of local research. Come learn some pointers on using the free Latter-day Saint websites.

These presentations [on Vimeo] are available free: By J. Mark Lowe
Click on the title to see the video.

1.   Dinner in the Cemetery
2.   Joining Together: Finding Black Roots in a White World
3.   Finding Freedman Marriage Records
4.   Marriage Records
5.   Remembering the Civil War: Civil War Veterans & Friends
6.   Google Earth Image Overlay
7.   Quality, Time and Completion: Developing an Advancing Research Plan

​​J. Mark Lowe CG, FUGAis a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer and J. Mark Lowe researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. He also serves as a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and Samford University’s Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (Research in the South) and Director of the Regional In-depth  Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), learning sessions and hands-on research focusing on original documents and manuscripts at regional archives. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? appearing on a recent episode featuring Lionel Richie.

He is a Past-President of APG, Past-President of FGS, and Past-President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark is a Certified Genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association, and was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Historian and Genealogist.

Genealogy Jamboree

Johnnie Sue Bridges

      Johnnie Sue Woodby - Bridges was born September 13, 1958 in Middlesboro, Kentucky.
      Bridges’ unique works of non-fiction are distinctive explorations of personal
experience, extended into general social commentary. Her writings frequently
bring into play historical events along with music, and her works of
photography, in referencing and time framing authentic accounts within the
era of point in time.
          Johnnie Sue Bridges currently resides in West Bloomfield, Michigan. She is married to Gil Bridges, world-renowned Motown recording artist of the classic rock band, Rare Earth, of which she is the official photographer, videographer and digital graphic arts album/CD cover designer. Her photos of Rare Earth and many other musicians, places and people have been displayed around the world in newspapers, on billboards, in books, magazines album/CD and book covers, etc...

1st of the series: Shadows And Scars
2nd of the series: Motown Girl Sister Golden Hair
3rd of the series: Run BabyGirl Run
And finally after seven years, I will be releasing the 4th and final book of the series titled:  From the BOTTOM to the Grave
....which features the stories and many photos of the past Genealogy Jamborees

Cumberland Gap Inn

(800) 988-1075

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