Friday, January 20, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Jeffrey Bockman

Jeffrey A. Bockman was born and raised in Chicago. After a career in the insurance industry, he decided to apply his engineering, management, and computer background to genealogical research. In the late 1980s, Jeff began collecting ancestors and building on his maternal grandmother's DAR and Magna Carta family tree.
“Unfortunately,” says Jeff, “after learning ‘real research’ techniques, I had to chop down a large portion of the forest.”
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After receiving an MBA in Organization Development in 1994, Jeff became active in genealogy societies and society management. He was a 3-term president of the DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society (DCGS) and 4-term vice president of the Illinois State Genealogy Society. He has been involved with planning the DCGS Annual Conference for 12 years. Since 1996, Jeff has served as webmaster for the DuPage County IL GenWeb Project, which is now integrated with the DCGS web page at .

Jeff started teaching basic genealogy classes and introductory lectures in 1995. Since then, he has spoken at a number of regional and national conferences. Regarding his upcoming conference lecture titled “Real Research on the Web,” Jeff says, “This lecture has really changed since 1996 when I was introducing people to the internet and how to access it to now where new sites and records are being added almost daily.”

A second lecture by Jeff, called “No Birth Certificate? No Problem!” takes a look at the wide variety of primary and secondary sources that can be used if a birth certificate can't be found. It demonstrates that how someone defines a problem can greatly impact his or her ability to solve it. “The one thing that my ancestors did leave me,” says Jeff “is a variety of interesting records.”

In 2004 Jeff self-published a booklet titled "A Gift That Money Can't Buy" which encourages people to preserve their own immediate family history and memories. He has also been published in the FGS FORUM, Family Tree Magazine (UK), and Heritage Quest Magazine. As a result, he receives e-mails from around the world.

“I am pleased that NGS has chosen the Chicagoland area to hold their 2006 Conference. It was an honor being elected as the Chairman of the Chicagoland Genealogical Consortium and the Local Arrangements Chair for the 2006 NGS Conference.”

“I hope that you enjoy the conference and can join me for a lecture or two.”

You can also visit Jeff at


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