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|John W. Konvalinka|
John W. Konvalinka is a professional genealogist and has been actively involved in genealogy for 25 years. He is particularly interested in the effective use of computers and the Internet in supporting (not replacing) traditional genealogical research. He has worked with the Internet since the 1980s and with computers since 1955, first as a US Navy pilot and then in two successful, computer related careers in industry - as a partner of Accenture, Ltd (formerly Andersen Consulting,) and as Chief Information Officer of Comcast Corporation.
In his genealogy researches, he has worked extensively in The British Library, The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library and other major genealogical libraries in the US, UK and other countries, as well as in the Public Record Office and Society of Genealogists (London) and The (US) National Archives, The New York City and New Jersey State Archives, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and many smaller libraries, record offices and private collections.
He holds active memberships in the National Genealogical Society, The Federation of Genealogical Societies, The Association of Professional Genealogists, The Society of Genealogists (UK), The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, The Genealogical Societies of Pennsylvania and New Jersey (where he is a member of the Website Automation Committee,) The New England Historic Genealogical Society, The Genealogy Speakers Guild, The Sons of the American Revolution, The Association of One Name Studies, and several other state and local genealogical societies. He has done volunteer lookups at the NJ State Archives and Library as part of RootsWeb's Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness program.
He is a member of the Planning Committee for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference to be held on Cape Cod in November 2003.
In addition to about 20 other speaking and teaching engagements this year,
- he made a presentation on "Finding Living Relatives" at GENTECH 2001, a national conference promoting the use of computers and technology in genealogical research
- he recently completed teaching a six session course on "Successful Ways of Using Computers and The Internet in Genealogical Research" at the Princeton Adult School
- he will be making two presentations at the National Genealogical Society's 2002 Annual Conference.