Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society

FSGS Speakers Bureau: Jim Lannin

2063 Duval Court
The Villages, Florida 32162-6775
Home Phone: 352-750-4004
Cell Phone: 352-552-0700
Fax: 352-753-6372
Lecture Topics:
  • Genetic Genealogy 101 -- Basics for the DNA Testing Newbie
  • Using DNA for Genealogy
  • Third Party DNA Analysis Tools for Genealogy
  • Using Genome Mate Desktop Software
  • German Migration to Tsarist Russia -- Why Did Your German Ancestor Come From Eastern Europe?
  • Paparazzi in the Cemetery--Headstone Photography for the Genealogist
  • Prussia to Russia and Beyond -- Mennonite Emigration
  • Other presentations under development
Previous Speaking Engagements:
  • Citrus County Genealogical Society
  • Jacksonville Genealogical Society
  • Kinseekers Genealogical Society of Lake County
  • Marion County Genealogical Society
  • Pasco County Genealogical Society
  • Pinellas Genealogy Society
  • South Bay Genealogical Society
  • The Bonnie Bells, The Villages
  • The Villages Genealogical Society
  • Tree Climbers Genealogy Club, Summerfield, FL
  • VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG
  • VGS German SIG
  • VGS Irish SIG
  • VGS Italian SIG
  • VGS Scandinavian SIG
Travel Requirements:
  • Willing to travel 50 miles; 100 miles; 150+ is negotiable
  • Year-round Florida resident
  • President of The Villages Genealogical Society 2015-2016
  • Director-at-large of The Villages Genealogical Society 2013, 2014
  • Coordinator, VGS Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group 2013 to present
  • Past President and Vice President of Yamhill County (OR) Association of REALTORS® - 2001
  • YCAR REALTOR® of The Year - 2001
  • Member Executive Committee, Orgon Association of REALTORS® - 2001
  • Former Director, Salem (OR) Association of REALTORS® - 1994
  • Project Administrator of The Lannin DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA.com
Biographical Sketch:
Jim Lannin was born in Chicago, IL, in 1949. He attended Shimer College, then located in Mt. Carroll, IL. He has lived in five states, developing a broad view of regional differences and commonalities. After attending a family reunion in 2003, Jim realized the lack of knowledge that he, and most of his cousins, had about their family history. The prior generation was losing their memories and dying off too quickly.  It was clear that if the family's historical secrets were to be uncovered, Jim and his cousins would have to do the research work.  After 10 years, many more cousins have been discovered accross the US and in several countries around the world. This international network of cousin genealogists discovered "new" family information on an ongoing basis.  His tree now has 4,300 persons.  
Upon moving to The Villages, Florida, in 2010, Jim joined The Villages Genealogical Society. He joined three Special Interest Groups, reflecting his family's primary ancestral groups--Irish, Swedish, and German. When, in late 2012, a SIG dedicate to the subject of DNA testing was formed, Jim was a founding member. By the end of December, he had volunteered to lead the group, renaming it the VGS Genetic Genealogy SIG. He built a web site, www.GeneticGenealogySIG.org, as a resource for the members. Additionally, he has built sites for the Irish, Italian, German and Scandinavian Special Interest Groups of the Villages Genealogical Society.
Jim makes monthly PowerPoint presentations to the Genetic Genealogy SIG, and he has presented to other groups as well. His talks are informative and of professional quality and designed to capture the audience's interest and keep it.  Humor is not a stranger when he speaks, and the graphics are clear and effective tools for getting the point across.  He uses his own photography whenever possible.