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Portrait of Jerry Smith B.S., Allegheny College
M.S., University of Pittsburgh

Lecturer: Course 1

Jerry Smith specializes in pre-1900 Pennsylvania research. He researches regularly at Pennsylvania and Maryland repositories as well as the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. Professional genealogy is Jerry's second career, his first spanning thirty years in telecommunications research & development at Bell Telephone Laboratories, AT&T, Lucent, and Avaya.

His recent publications include Bedford County, Pennsylvania, Quarter Sessions 1771-1801 (Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2010); and articles in Vermont Genealogy and the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly.

In addition to client research, one of Jerry's long-term projects is the Bedford County, Pennsylvania Connected Tract map project. Surveys of the first land holders from the Pennsylvania State Archives are overlaid onto modern USGS topographic maps. The project includes a county-wide computer index of all names found on the surveys with cross references to warrant register entries, surveys, and patents. Connected tract maps and accompanying indexes are published as areas are completed, the most recent being Early Landholdings in Snake Spring Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. At present the work covers over one thousand warrant surveys.

Jerry lectures and presents workshops on various topics for local New Jersey and Pennsylvania organizations. Recently he has been the keynote speaker at the 2010 fall meeting of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and offered a land platting workshop at the 2011 New England Regional Genealogical Conference. He is the Vice-president and Program Chair, Monmouth County Genealogy Society, and a Registrar for the First Families of Monmouth County.

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